February 03, 2014

Soy-lutions

Soy-lutions

The interest in natural wax candles is stronger than ever and specifically soy waxes. Favorable pricing, renewable, domestically produced are the main reasons people are moving to soy wax. With so many options available when starting out making the right choice can be difficult. This article may not provide the ultimate solution (thus the play on headline soylution) on what is best but instead is intended to summarize the different choices and provide a short narrative on what makes each of the soy waxes unique.

Depending on which producers you wish to include in the conversation there is between 9-12 different potential soy waxes to choose from in the marketplace. While most people would like to use the "best" unfortunately there is not a straight forward answer to provide. 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.

The one important note with all of these soy waxes is they are best used in containers and are not designed to be used in free standing candles. Another important aspect with Soy is not to compare the performance of Soy to that of a paraffin wax. Review your soy wax candles against other soy wax candles.

Below is a short summary of each of the soy waxes generally found on the market.

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.

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.

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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Why don't I smell the fragrance in my soy candles?

Hopefully my editor does not get to mad when we respond to this inquiry since have featured soy wax in this issue. But Soy wax has many positive attributes but evaluating the fragrance throw should only be done when comparing it to other Soy candles. Soy cannot provide the fragrance throw a paraffin candle can but with the right process and components you can make quality soy wax candles. The key is be sure to use quality fragrances and the maximum load the soy wax can handle. Be sure to add the fragrance right before you pour. Finally pour your wax as low as possible.


February 2014

Featured Project:
Tealights

This month's project features a useful item to add to your operation regardless of your size. Tea lights are a great way to use up extra wax, create little "calling cards", or offer prospective customers a chance to sample your scents before purchasing a larger candle.

Below you will find the instructions for using our tea light mold that ensures perfectly straight wicks, but alternative techniques follow.

Meterials Needed

Instructions

Step 1
Lay the mold release over the entire mold.

Step 2
Prepare wax with color and fragrance to suit. Pour wax into the mold so that all cavities are filled. There is a lip that holds overflow wax.

Step 3
Remove pins and pop the tea lights out of the mold. Clean any overly rough edges with your fingers.

Step 4
Insert a pre-assembled wick assembly into the hole in the candle and place into a tea light cup. You will notice that tea light cups have a small circular indentation on the bottom. This indentation is 15mm and is designed to match our 15x3mm wick tabs.

Alternative Methods
When pouring batches of wax, keep a few tea light cups on hand to pour excess wax directly into the cups. This is also the method used for pouring tea lights when using container wax. If you currently use a M-63-P votive pin for your votives, it will fit into the tea light cups as well. Simply place the pin in the tea light cup and pour a votive or pillar wax into the pin/cup set up. After it cools remove the wax/pin from the cup, flip the candle over and put back into the tea light cup. This will result in a beautiful recessed top.

 

 

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