Surface and Adhesion:
For Pillar Candles
We tested this wax in pillar candle molds with wick pins and pre-wicked setups. We poured test candles at temperatures ranging between 135°F and 175°F (57.2°C and 79.4°C), and let them sit overnight. Candles poured at 170ºF (76.7°C) and higher had significant shrinkage around the wick pin or cotton wick. They required a second pour to get a level bottom on the candle. Pillars poured at 160°F (71.1°C) or lower had less shrinkage around the wick, but unmolding was a challenge. Candles made in molds with wick pins unmolded with little effort as long as the molds were clean. Molds with residue from previous candles were significantly more challenging to unmold. Those pillars had noticeable imperfections on the sides of the candles.
Pre-wicked candles were difficult to un-mold as the wick easily pulled out of the candle. We recommend carefully shaking the candle loose from the mold so that you don’t risk pulling out the wick.
The finished candles were softer than pillars made with Ecosoya PB. The softness made it much easier to nick or dent the surface of the candle. We recommend using additional packaging to protect the pillar candle until it’s ready for use.
For Votives and Clamshells
We poured our votives and clamshells at 170°F (76.7°C). After allowing the wax to cool overnight, they set with smooth surfaces. The votives were much firmer than the votives made with Q220. Both votives and clamshells removed from their molds with little effort. Our clamshells also broke cleanly without crumbling.
For Container Candles
We test poured one container candle at 135ºF (57.2°C). The finished candle had a smooth top, but large wet spots on the side. If you are using this wax for container candles, we recommend using solid color containers to cover any wet spots.
We didn’t see any signs of frosting 24 hours after pouring, a week after, and again at 15 days. After burning the candles, there were still no signs of frosting, and the wax set back with a smooth finish.
We tested two usage levels of red liquid dye for our candles: 6 drops per pound (454 g) of wax and 12 drops per pound (454 g) of wax. We also examined the vibrancy of one lavender dye chip per pound wax. The liquid dye and dye chip mixed in easily at 185ºF (85°C). Our color results were similar to those of the Q210 and Q220. The dye chip produced a beautiful light purple shade of color that’s more vibrant compared to other soy waxes. This wax struggled to mask the scent of the dye in finished candles. In most cases, adding fragrance will mask the smell of the liquid dye. Or you can use dye blocks or dye chips to avoid this odor.