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All Natural Candle Waxes: Which is Right for You?

by Chandler 1. October 2012 17:31

So paraffin wax isn't your cup of tea. Many candlemakers are developing a growing interest in all natural candles and these days there are more choices than ever. Choosing the proper one can be a daunting task. In this post, we will highlight some of the natural waxes to help you choose what might be right for your needs.

Soy Wax

Soy wax is definitely the most popular of all the natural waxes. Some of the reasons for its popularity are the ease of use (in most instances a very low shrink wax), the competitive cost advantage over paraffin wax, and the returning interest in using domestically produced products. Soy can make for great candles with a rich creamy look and can also achieve decent retention to containers. Here's a summary of some of the best selling soy waxes:

Candlewic Soy 125

Soy 125 is made with 100% natural soybeans that are domestically grown. Soy 125 is a blend of soy and soybean oil that will hold higher fragrance loads than the Soy-120. This wax is also an excellent choice if you want a paraffin/soy blend.

 

EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy

EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy has extreme resistance to bloom (white frosting) and "wet spots." It contracts slightly to produce a uniform beautiful appearance, requires only one pour, has good scent throw with fragrances, and a creamy white appearance.

EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy is made from pure soybeans and carefully selected botanical oils. Candles made with CB-Advanced Soy resist frosting, have a smooth top surface and an even burn pool with consistent color retention.

Golden Wax 444 Soy Blend

Beautiful soy candles with all-natural wax! This Golden Wax 444 soy blend is composed of 98% soy wax with 2% natural additives. It mixes very well with paraffin wax at any level and has a higher melt point than the Golden Wax 464 which enables it to retain a higher FO load to give you a stronger scent throw.

While Soy has many positive attributes we do like, soy wax does not offer the maximum fragrance throw - much to the disappointment of many. If soy could deliver better fragrance throw, more candle makers would make the transition to soy wax.

While it does compromise the natural part of candles, a growing and popular trend is blending soy with paraffin to get the strengths of both products. Many call these hybrid waxes and they are worth exploring if you have not already.

 

Palm Wax

If you are looking for the complete unique look, the palm waxes are an excellent choice. With patterns of both crystallizing and feathering, each candle looks completely different. This wax is also all natural and, in most instances, has better fragrance throw than soy wax.

Palm-1 is an excellent wax that will produce a Crystallizing pattern designed for use in jars.

Palm-2 will create the same crystallizing pattern as Palm 1 but is designed for use in Pillars and votives.

Palm-3 will create a feather patter for pillars. Unfortunately will be to hard of a wax to use in containers.

Smooth Pillar Blend. If you want a basic all natural pillar this wax is the best choice. A very high-performance, all-natural smooth pillar blend of 100% soy, palm, cottonseed and other vegetable-based wax products has excellent burning properties.

 

Beeswax

This all around best natural wax has been around for centuries and is great for almost any type of candle. White and Yellow beeswax can be used in containers, pillars and tapers. The natural aroma makes this wax a winner in all of those applications. However, the price of beeswax is always the factor in why this wax is not used more often.

In addition any of these waxes can be blended together at any percentage so you can create your own truly unique and all natural candle.

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An Introduction to Making Palm Wax Candles

by Chandler 17. August 2012 19:47

These days, a great deal of focus for natural candles is put on Soy wax, but there are other options for making great natural wax candles. If you want to create a candle with a unique pattern, where no 2 candles look the same, we would recommend trying Palm wax.

While this is an introduction to Palm, think of all the other projects you can do: layered unique shapes, different aromatherapy scents, the possibilities are endless! In today's market we feel it is important to really explore all opportunities available.

Ingredients you'll need:

 

Instructions

STEP 1

Melt Palm Wax in a pot. Note: the hotter you make the wax, the more the wax will create a snowflake look on the candle. Do not exceed 300°F (150°C).

STEP 2

Add some shavings of color blocks and 4% to 5% of fragrance.

STEP 3

Using the rubber plug and wick bar, prepare your aluminum mold for pouring.

STEP 4

Before pouring wax, it is suggested to heat the mold with a heat gun or a heat lamp to maximize the crystalizing effect of the Palm Wax.

STEP 5

Pour liquid Palm Wax into the mold and let cool. By slowing the cooling rate of your poured candles, you can create fantastic crystal effects in your Palm Wax candles.

STEP 6

Sometimes Palm Wax requires a second pour. You will know it is necessary if a thin layer of wax forms over your candle when cooled. Simply poke a hole in this layer and perform your second pour.

 

All natural and completely unique, palm wax candles are sure to capture attention and add an eclectic feel to any atmosphere!

 

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Candle Wax Options (Part Two)

by Chandler 12. March 2010 00:11

Soy Wax

The first wax we will feature is soy. Soy wax is simply hydrogenated soybean oil and the best application for this wax is in containers. When using soy wax it is important to note that there is definitely performance and appearance differences between paraffin wax and wax and soy wax.

  • First and foremost is the appearance of the candle. Soy wax in general produces candles that have a “flat” or pastel shade to the candle. This can play very well to the scents used; in the fall nothing is better than harvest colors and fragrances.
  • Soy wax will always require more dye to get to the desired color.
  • It is as close to one a pour wax as exists in the market. It will still require some topping off if poured too hot or if the container is too large.
  • Another very positive feature of the soy wax is that the pouring temperatures have less impact on the finished candle than paraffin waxes.
  • Depending on the scent load you are using, in most instances no special additives will be needed.

By now you have to be asking yourself if it is that good then why not just switch to this wax while I read this article? The main reason is that the scent throw that candle makers achieve with paraffin just cannot be at the same level when using soy wax. As these waxes get better at scent throw or fragrance companies improve the scent throw that can be achieved, the soy market will continue to grow.

Palm Wax

The other natural wax to consider would be the Palm wax. This wax is produced by hydrogenated Palm Oils. These waxes are great because of the unique textures which can be produced with these waxes. In most instances there is a crystallizing pattern which is available for both containers and freestanding candles. In addition there is a feathering pattern which is available for free standing candles.

One of the best natural waxes we offer is the CSP wax. This is an all natural blend of soy and palm wax which creates a very nice creamy finish. This wax is excellent for pillars, votives and tarts.

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Tri-Color Jar Candle

by Chandler 9. March 2010 23:55

 

Soy Wax

Materials Needed

- 2 lb of Palm 1 wax
- Pouring pitcher
- Thermometer
- Burgundy liquid dye
  EVO-12
- Apothecary jar
- RRD-50 wick
- Wooden popsicle sticks

 

 

Step 1
Add 1 lb of the Palm 1 wax into the pouring pitcher.

Step 2
Clip the thermometer onto the top of the pouring pitcher with the thermometer inside.

Step 3
Place the wax filled pouring pitcher into a large pan of boiling water. This will create a double boiler for you to heat your wax. Do not allow the water to boil dry.

Heating wax on direct heat can cause the wax to overheat and possibly ignite.  NEVER HEAT WAX DIRECTLY ON A HEAT SOURCE.

Step 4
As the wax melts, monitor the temperature with the thermometer. For accuracy do not allow the bottom of the thermometer to touch the bottom or sides of the pouring pot. Tip the pouring pot until the bottom of the thermometer is covered with the liquid wax. When the wax temperature reaches 185° F add two teaspoons of the liquid EVO-12 Burgundy color and stir. 

Step 5
Now you are ready to pour the first layer into the Apothecary jar. Monitor the temperature making sure it is at the pouring temperature of 180° F. Pour the first layer of colored wax into your jar to a height of 1”. After approximately 5 minutes place the RRD-50 wick into the jar. Make sure the wick tab is centered on the bottom of the. The hot wax will cause the wick to lean so use wooden popsicle sticks or wooden coffee stirrers to prevent the wick from falling toward the sides of the jar. Place the stick across the top of the jar to support the wick. Two sticks may be needed. Place the wick between each stick until it is centered.

Step 6
Allow the wax to cool for approximately 3 hours or until the layer is solid and firm. 

Step 7
To prepare your second layer you will add 4 oz of Palm 1 wax to the colored wax that remains in your pour pitcher and repeat the melting and pouring process above (remember do not add any color).  We are increasing the wax amount so that the original color will decrease in intensity.

Step 8
Repeat the cooling time for the second layer.

Step 9
Last layer, add 4 oz. of Palm 1 wax to the remaining wax in the pour pitcher and repeat the melt and pour processes, making sure that the pour temp is at 180° F. Repeat the cooling process.

 


Textured Palm Wax Candle Craft Project

by Chandler 29. January 2010 00:50

To really create that special candle, our project is going to focus on both texture and shape. We have selected the octagon aluminum mold and the Palm 2 wax. The Palm 3 wax or any aluminum mold can be substituted to create your own special look. I think the Ylang and Amber fragrance is the perfect compliment to this unique candle. Again, you can select any fragrance to fit the shape or ambience you are trying to create. Did we mention that by using the Palm wax you are also making an all Natural Candle.

Ingredients

Step 1

Melt Palm Wax in double boiler. Note that the hotter you make the wax, the more the wax will create a snowflake look on the candle.

Do not exceed 210°F.

Step 2

Add some shavings of color blocks and 4% to 5% of fragrance.

Step 3

Using the rubber plug and wick bar, prepare your aluminum mold for pouring.

Step 4

Before pouring wax, it is suggested to heat the mold with a heat gun or a heat lamp to maximize the crystallizing effect of the Palm Wax.

Step 5

Pour liquid Palm Wax into the mold and let cool. By slowing the cooling rate of your poured candles, you can create fantastic crystal effects in your Palm Wax candles.

Step 6

Sometimes Palm Wax requires a second pour. You will know it is necessary if a thin layer of wax forms over your candle when cooled. Simply poke a hole in this layer and perform your second pour.

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Hi I'm Chandler. Thanks for visiting! Illumine is all about helpful projects, ideas, and articles related to candle and soap making and the candle and soap making business.

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