We hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday, and we truly
look forward to working with everyone in 2007. As always we have many exciting plans for 2007 and look forward to
assisting you. Be sure to share our newsletter with all of your candle making friends. It is always free and helps
you stay on top of what is going on in the candle industry.
the past couple of weeks there has been a lot written in a number of different publications
highlighting how the “greening trend” just continues to get stronger. Houses
built with environmental features are now getting a premium, Wal-Mart is implementing “greening
technology” to conserve energy and the development of hydro cars continues to steal
It only makes scents (I just love using that pun) the candle market continues
to move in that direction as well. In our November issue of the Enlightener we started
our series on choosing the right wax and saved the natural waxes for our first issue in
2007. For our loyal readers you know we have been highlighting the positive virtues of
natural waxes since our first publication in April 2001. Since that time the market has
continued to change and many new and exciting products are available.
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
- 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
- Soy wax will always require more dye to get to the desired color.
- It is as close
to one a pour wax as exist in the market. It will still require some topping
off if poured too hot or 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
If you are looking to make votives and pillars with a natural wax we would highly recommend
a soy/palm blend. The issue with using all soy wax for freestanding candles is generally
they are too brittle, and because they are so hydrogenated they do not burn that well.
The soy/palm blends and palms in general have a little more “structure” to
the wax and are not as brittle (see Candlewic's Smooth
Pillar Blend - CSP-1).
very exciting option is our palm
waxes. These are also 100 percent natural and create looks
that are definitely not achieved with paraffin
wax. There are several different “design
patterns” like the feathering and crystallized look. Working with palms is very
much like soy in that more dye is required, and they don’t quite have the scent
throw that a paraffin wax candle can achieve. The nice thing about palms is that they
can be used for both containers and pillars.
As both soy and palm grow in popularity, we definitely cannot forget one of the oldest
type of natural waxes on the market, beeswax. This product as we always like to call “Nature’s
Gold” is a very versatile wax and can be used in most candle options. You can make
containers, votive and pillars with this wax without the need for any other additives.
What makes this wax even better is that without scent this wax can smell wonderful. If
only bees could find a way to produce more of this product it could be the answer to
No matter what level of candle making you have achieved, it is always important to know what
options are available. One of things that always needs to be stressed in candle making is there isn’t
one wax that is suitable for every candle making. No matter what the wax is whether it is paraffin,
natural or gel there are always trade offs that have to be made. The type of customer base you have
greatly influences the type of wax you use.
I have always used paraffin wax, but some of my customers are asking for natural wax. I have heard that the scent
throw is not as good with soy wax. Can I mix soy with paraffin?
The mixing of soy and paraffin wax continues to grow in popularity. In fact our CBL-130
for containers is already a blended product of soy and petroleum based products to be used
in candles. The advantage of mixing the two types of waxes is that you get the positive
attributes of both waxes. Soy having the “renewable aspect”, low shrinkage
and then getting the good scent throw and “wax structure” with the petroleum
waxes. The percentage you mix together will depend on what you wish to achieve. You can
do the same for pillars using the palm and a pillar paraffin wax.