April 01, 2011

Choosing the Right Soy Wax

 
 

Choosing the Right Soy Wax

These days there are so many choices with the soy waxes it can be hard to know where to start. Because of this it is always recommended you test a couple to see what is available for your application. Each of the soy waxes available will bring something different to the table. Recommendations by others can help the process but everybody does look for something different in waxes. Be sure to test and research what will work best for your application. 

Candlewic now offers one of the largest selections of soy waxes in the U.S. Our competitive pricing and other products make us the best choice for all of your candle making needs.

Some of the most popular soy waxes for containers include:

EcoSoya® CB-XceL
EcoSoya® CB-XceL™ is 100% soy. It has extreme resistance to bloom (white frosting) and "wet spots" while producing an excellent scent throw with fragrances. It maintains an even burn pool with consistent color retention. CB-XceL™ requires one pour and new technology allows for top surface re-melting. CB-XceL™ has the highest melt point of all our container waxes, enabling shipment to all climates.

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.

EcoSoya® CB-135
EcoSoya® CB-135 has excellent adhesion to containers without preheating, requires only one pour, has an excellent scent throw with both fragrances and essential oils and a creamy white appearance with some potential to bloom (white frosting) when using dyes.

EcoSoya® CB-135 is made from pure 100% soybeans and carefully selected botanical oils. Candles made with CB-135 have a soft creamy appearance and a smooth flat top surface and  ships well in all climates.

One of the most popular aspects of the CB-135 is that it was dermatology tested and is great when making massage candles.

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. Soy-125 can be used without the addition of other ingredients but Candlewic recommends adding either palm stearic or beewax to the blend for maximum performance. This wax is an excellent choice if blending with paraffin waxes or palm waxes. 

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. Mixes very well with paraffin wax at any level. Has a higher melt point then the Golden Foods 464 which enables it to retain a higher FO load to give you a stronger scent throw.

Golden Wax 464 Soy Blend Wax for Container Candles
The Golden Wax 464 Soy Blend has a lower melt point which helps with the burn and gives better glass adhesion.

CBL-130
One of the growing trends in the candle market is to blend paraffin with soy waxes. This provides the opportunity of offering candles that do has some natural ingredients but also will improve the fragrance throw by having the paraffin part of the formulation.  Without doubt the best wax for this application is the CBL-130.

This is a unique blend of paraffin and soy that is designed for the production of jar/container candles. This hybrid blend can offer single pour characteristics. Customers will need to evaluate with their specific application. CBL-130 is designed to evenly pull away from the containers walls to minimize or eliminate uneven separation.

There is no doubt that soy will continue to grow in popularity and as each new blend is introduced it continues to meet the demand soy users are looking for. In addition because all waxes are pretty much compatible you are able to mix any of them to any ratio to make your own special candle.

 

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There are several characteristics that make choosing the proper wick critical.

In most instances soy requires more color which can present a challenge with the wick. Soy also has a high "acid" level which can cause the wick to break down and not allow it to perform properly.

We are finding the 2 most popular wicks for any natural wax candle would be the RRD wicks and the LX wicks.

The LX series wick is a flat braided wick, stabilizing threads and a special treatment. It is designed to improve the burning of solid scented, solid colored votives, and container and pillar candles. The LX series offers solid wick construction from pure ring spun cotton yarn, advanced treatment that is designed to reduce after glow, smoke and coking (soot), and self-trimming wick position that minimizes or eliminates blooming.

Safety Tips

It is a new year, so it doesn't hurt to remind everyone to think safety first when making candles. There are many safety rules to follow...here are a few.

  1. REMEMBER, paraffin wax and gel wax are different and each have their own rules to follow.

  2. ALWAYS use an accurate thermometer.

  3. NEVER leave wax unattended while it is on a heat source.

  4. NEVER leave wax unattended around children.

  5. ALWAYS have the proper fire extinguisher available.

  6. NEVER throw water on a wax fire.

  7. ALWAYS know your pouring temperatures

 


April 2011

Featured Project:

Making Scented Votives & Floaters

Ingredients

Instructions

Step 1
Fill the melting pot with Beeswax and General Purpose Wax and heat indirectly until all the wax is melted.

Step 2
Add 8 tablespoons (120 ml) of Stearine to the melted
wax. This will make your finished candles harder and also make your candles burn longer.

Step 3
Add 5 squares of burgundy
color to the melting wax and melt at a low temperature until color square and wax are completely melted. Test color by placing a drop of dyed wax on aluminum foil or wax paper and let cool. The color of the wax will change as it cools.

Additional Concentrated
Color Squares may be added if you prefer your finished candles to be darker than the sample of wax.

Step 4
Add concentrated liquid scent to the melting wax as well. More or less scent can be added to create the strength of scent that
you desire.

Step 5
For votive candles, apply
Mold Release to your votive molds and pour wax into the mold. Immediately insert the Pre-Wicked Votive Tab into the wax and center it in the middle of the mold. (Make sure the wick is standing
straight up from the tab before inserting it into the wax.)

For floating candles, follow this same process using Floater Molds and Pre-Wicked Tealight Tabs.

Step 6
As the wax cools, a depression will form in the center of the candle. Re-fill this depression as the wax cools. Remember: You must save some wax from the previous step in order to have enough wax to fill these indentations in your candles.

Step 7
Once completely cooled
(place in refrigerator to quicken cooling process), remove candles from mold.

TIPS
Votive candles achieve best
burning results when burned in a votive holder. Wax liquidizes as the candle burns and will spill away from the candle if not burnt
in a proper votive holder.

If your candle does not come out of the mold easily, try placing it in the refrigerator for a few minutes. If this does not work, try pouring a small amount of hot water over
the mold, and this should help ease the candle out.

 

 

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