Choosing a Soy Wax
The advantages of Soy Candles are clear - no black soot, a longer burn, and a natural product produced by American farmers. From our experience, soy candles are the fastest growing part of the candle industry. So you're ready to get started in the world of soy, but with so many different kinds, which soy wax do you choose?
What type of candle?
The main thing to consider is the type of candle you'd like to make.
Pillar candles need to be hard since they don't go into a container. They need to stand on their own in the hot sun and while burning. After scouring the market for every pillar soy wax we could get our hands on, we've found the EcoSoya PB to be the best. It is so good in fact, that we recommend it for all pillar candles. It's an easy decision if you are making pillars, too bad other candles aren't so simple!
Containers & Tealights
Container wax should be softer than pillar wax, since it is poured into a container. The softness helps the wax bind to the side of the container & hold lots of scent. Candlescience carries 5 different types of container soy waxes. In order to choose among them, you need to consider which of the following is most important to you:
- Fragrance throw.
Many people are concerned about soy candles throwing fragrance as well as paraffin, and rightly so. It is quite a bit tougher to get great fragrance throw in soy. These 3 waxes do the best job with fragrance:
- Golden Brands 464. We find this is the best.
- EcoSoya CB135. Another very good wax.
- Cargil C3. Another popular wax, tends to be the trickiest of the three to work with.
While these waxes are terrific and some of our best sellers, they are susceptible to frosting.
Some people find that the appearance of a soy candle is the most important characteristic. These folks are willing to give up just a bit on fragrance throw to get the best looking candles with the least frosting. The best looking, least frosting wax you can buy is the EcoSoya Advanced Soy.
If you spend the time to make a top quality soy candle, you should take the time to market it to customers in a persuasive way. As we've mentioned, soy has lots of advantages, and you should use your packaging and literature to show your customer why your soy candle is worth buying. No matter which soy you choose from this article, you can say "All natural soy wax". While this is great, some customers like to be able to say "100% pure Soy wax". In order to do so, these folks use the Golden Brands 415. Wait just a minute I hear you say, what is in the others that is not soy?!? Don't worry, it is a small percentage of natural botanical oils that are used to improve some qualities of the wax.
Votives are a bit of a hybrid between pillars & containers. They are sold on there own, so they need to be hard, but are typically burned in a container and therefore can be a little softer like a container wax. We recommend starting out using the EcoSoya PB wax. The container waxes are too soft and sticky to use for a votive, since the wax will not release out of the mold. One thing we can recommend is mixing some of a great container blend (like the EcoSoya CB135) in with the PB in a 75% PB / 25% CB 135 ratio. This will allow the PB to hold more fragrance, while still being hard enough to hold its shape and release from the mold.