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February 03, 2014
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
EcoSoya® CB-Advanced Soy
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
Golden Wax 464 Soy Blend Wax for Container Candles
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.
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.