We carry the EcoSoya™ brand soy wax because we believe it is of the highest quality and the best to use for making soy candles! It is made of 100% natural soybean oil enhanced with a carefully selected proprietary blend of botanical oils. Another important attribute for us and maybe for you too is that it is biodegradable and environment friendly (made of non-petroleum renewable resources without the use of any pesticides or herbicides). We also love that it is simple to use...they come in opaque, creamy, off-white solid flakes which are easy to melt, pour and mold into candles.
The soybean oil used to make the flakes is grown, harvested and processed in the USA.
The EcoSoya™ pillar blend soy wax is used specifically to make molded pillar candles. It is a self-releasing wax so no need to use a mold release spray before pouring the wax into your molds. For smaller diameter pillar candles (3" or less in diameter), it is considered a one-pour wax. For candles larger then 3" in diameter, it will require additional pours to fill the "well". See recommendations below on how to pour.
Fragrances & Essentials Oils: Most types of fragrances and essential oils will work to add an aroma to your soy wax candles though it is always recommended to test a small batch first. Some fragrances may react poorly causing some issues with your candles including the color bleeding onto the surface of the container or mold, creating a white film on the surface of the candle and/or poor flame quality. In order to prevent scent loss, we also recommend to add your fragrance or essential oil prior to pouring but at a temperature no less than 135 degrees F. Optimum scent throw is achieved with a full diameter burn pool of hot wax at a depth of 1/4 to 1/2 inch. The fragrance load is about 18% Max.
Colorant: Only use colorants that are specifically for candle making. It is important to check with the supplier first to make sure the colorant you are purchasing will work with soy wax. For a stronger depth of color in soy candles, we suggest to use approximately 30% more colorant than the recommendation on the packaging for the colorant. Due to its creamy, off-white color, soy wax tends to mute the color somewhat.
Wicking: For dipped and molded soy candles, we recommend to use square braid wicking. As a general guideline, we suggest the following sizes for soy candles:
- Less than 1" diameter candles - use #1/0 square braid
- For 1" to 2" diameter candles - use #2 square braid
- For 2" to 4" diameter candles - use #5 square braid
- For anything larger than 4" diameter - use multiple wicks spaced 2" apart
Note: The suggestions listed above are general guidelines only. We always recommend to do some test batches to determine the best size of wick for the candles you are making. Fragrance, colorant and candle type all can have an impact on the type of wick to choose. Too large of a wick may cause soot build-up at the top of the wick, quick burn times and/or "guttering" (wax leaking through the side of the candle). If you experience any of these or a poor flame quality, we recommend to try a different size of wick.
Melting: If you are using a colorant with your soy wax, we recommend to melt the wax to a minimum of 155 degrees F using the double boiler method with gentle agitation of the water in the base pan. This allows for even heating and thorough blending. Temperatures that are higher than 190 degrees F may cause the soy wax to discolor. After melting, allow the wax to cool to the recommended pouring temperature.
Pouring: The following are general guidelines for pouring temperatures. These temperature may vary depending on the mold type and size, fragrance or essential oil and colorant used. As mentioned above, when using pillar blend soy wax, two pours are required for candles that are larger than 3" in diameter. We recommend to do the first pour at 155 degrees F. Fill the mold to the top and allow the candle to set-up slightly so that it has a warm, but a lightly hardened center. If a "skin" has started to form over the top of the mold (which is the bottom of the candle), gently poke two holes into the candle near the wick to let air bubbles out. If you are doing a second pour, we recommend to pour at 140 degrees F. Be sure not to pour past the solidified wax of the first pour as this will affect the appearance of your finished candle.
Cooling: We recommend to cool your poured candles at an average ambient temperature of 70 degrees F. If you have multiple cooling candles, we suggest to space them at least 1/2" apart to allow for air to circulate around each mold. At a minimum, cooling candles should sit undisturbed for 48 hours before burning (larger diameter candles may take longer). Cooling a candle too quickly or too slowly may cause the candle to crack and/or frost. If you experience any of these issues, we recommend to try a lower or higher cooling temperature in increments of 10 degrees F.
Trouble Shooting: If you are experiencing problems with flame quality, burn time, gutting, too small or too large hot wax pool, etc., we recommend to test one variable at a time to isolate the cause of the problem. For example, make a candle with only a wick (no fragrance or color). If it looks good and has a good burn quality, then the wax and wick is performing normally. Then add another variable such as fragrance to see how it reacts with the wax and wick. Keep adding another variable until you find the one that is causing the issue. Variables can include wax, colorant, fragrance, wick, pour temperature, cooling temperature and environmental conditions within the room (ambient room temperature or too much moisture in the room).
Why this Wax?
Soy wax is a cleaner, cooler and longer burning wax compared to other types of candle wax. It is also prevents candles from having very little if any soot build-up on the wick. We don't recommend blending soy wax with other types of wax...it is best when used all on it's own.
The EcoSoya ™ brand wax can also be used in lip balm and other body care products. If using it for this purpose and need the botanical name for your ingredient listing, it should be listed as hydrogentated vegetable oil.
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