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Golden Brands 464 is our best selling soy wax and widely used by soy candle makers around the world—including our own staff. This all-natural wax creates candles with a smooth, opaque finish and contains soy-based additives that help reduce frosting and strengthen the fragrance throw.

Like with any wax, you may find that adjustments to the making process are needed to achieve the best results with your 464. Here are some common things experienced by makers and our recommendations.

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New to Soy Wax?
Check out our video Candle Making with Soy Wax featuring GB 464. The video includes a list of materials to get you started.

464 Troubleshooting Tips

Not getting a smooth finish on the surface of your candles?

  • Try pouring 5-10°F (2.8-5.6°C) hotter.
  • Don’t let your candles cool on surfaces like marble and granite. These materials draw out the heat from the candles too quickly.
  • Try a second pour or a heat gun to smooth the surface.

Not getting a strong fragrance throw?

  • Ensure you are curing your candles for two weeks to get the best results from the fragrance.
  • Make sure you are adding fragrance at 185°F (85°C).
  • Re-examine the wicking.
  • Make sure you are evaluating the scent throw of the candle in an appropriately-sized space relative to the size of the candle.

Explore Golden Brands 464 with a quick review and more troubleshooting tips

Candle Making Notes:
This wax can be a little too soft for the summer heat. If you are shipping finished candles in hot weather, you may want to consider a soy wax with a higher melt point, like Golden Brands 444.

Produced from US Grown Soybeans!

Note: Wax is packaged in flake form.

Wholesale Soy Wax Ordering
Check out our wholesale page for more information on ordering 464 Soy Wax in bulk or by the pallet.

For help choosing the right candle wax for your candles, visit our Wax Guide.


Wax Type
Smooth, Creamy
Container / Tealight
Max Fragrance
10% or 1.6 oz./lb. (45 g/454 g)
Rec. Wick Series
Melt Point
113-119°F (45-48.3°C)
Pour Temp
135°F (57.2°C)
Prop 65 Warning


Heat to 185°F (85°C) using a double boiler. Add fragrance or essential oil, remove from heat, and stir for two minutes. Pour at 135°F (57.2°C). Allow candles to cure for two weeks for optimal fragrance throw.

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1 out of 5 Stars.
464 soy wax issues

I have used GB 464 soy wax for many years. It’s the base of my candle company. In August I received a bag that was full of dirt and small particles that were brown, black and red. That wax was replaced with a new bag. Today I ran a batch with no changes to my procedures and 10 hours later this wax still has not set up. It is very oily on the top and is exactly as described by other maker's reviews. I depend on candle science to provide quality products for my business. But I feel I need to find a different supplier or wax all together which is not good going into my busiest time of year! Something has definitely changed with this product. Please help!

5 out of 5 Stars.
Very great!

Ok I really don’t know why there is so many bad reviews on this wax. I was so hesitant to purchase but so glad I did. A lot of the reviews I see on here that are bad is not because the wax is “bad” but it’s all beginners mistakes. I encourage everyone to do their research on how to make soy candles before thinking it’s the waxes fault.
Melts wonderful and always has smooth tops. I love all of candle science scents too!

2 out of 5 Stars.
Good wax, bad batch

I use 464 as my primary wax. I’m familiar with its quirks and I generally know how to get it to work for me. Unfortunately, the wax I received last week has some quality issues that make it not usable for any of my products. It looked, smelled, and felt fine out of the bag, but all 3 test batches I made (with 3 different familiar oils), using my tried and true method came out completely grainy all the way through (not just uneven tops). No heat gun can fix this. While some variation (bigger vs small flakes, drier vs stickier wax, white to off-white color) is to be expected, none of these should impact the final product like this does. I’m familiar with moisture in wax, and that’s not what this. I had to purchase more wax from another supplier with overnight shipping today to avoid further interruption to my production. I will try reaching out to the manufacturer next, as I do feel it likely a manufacturer issue (I’ve heard from 2 other candlemakers who have purchased this wax from CS the same week with the same issue), but overall very disappointed with this product and the experience that has come with it.

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CandleScience responded: 2023-09-15

Hi There, We're so sorry to hear you've been having some trouble with this recent batch! Being a natural product, some amount of variation can be normal when working with soy wax but we'd definitely like to take a look together one-on-one so we can better see what you've been experiencing. A member of our Support team has reached out so we can troubleshoot together!

5 out of 5 Stars.
Best Candles

464 has been the best soy wax for all of the different kinds of candles we produce. The smooth tops to the perfect hot and cold throws. Excellent.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Great but "greasy"

I just started using 464 wax when the wax I was using tripled in price. Initially, I loved it--even better than what I had used previously; however, when the candles set up, I notice that the top looks a little greasy, and when I handle the wax (which I invariably do!) my hands are greasy and the clean-up paper towels are greasy as well. Am I doing something wrong with this wax, and has anyone else experienced this?

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CandleScience responded: 2023-08-25

Hi Nancy,

Thanks so much for your review. A member of our Support team will be reaching out via email shortly to assist!

5 out of 5 Stars.
I really love it. Smooth tops every time. I only use 464 :)

I was scared to try this tbh because of all the negativity on the internet. I truly don't know what people are talking about. I've had no problems with 464. My candles poured perfectly the VERY first time I tried, as a total novice. (it was beeswax blends that gave me hell!) I use only 464, no additives, and go with a 10% fragrance load. I pour around 145 degrees but even when it's cooler or hotter, it doesn't make a big difference tbh. My candles are not super wide, made of tin and some are glass, so maybe if your candles are huge or very thick glass you may have an uneven dry down. I use CD wicks and love it. Some fragrances are just not going to do well in this wax, but that's bc it's 100% soy, its dense. True of any pure soy. So, do the work, and find the scents that work amazingly with soy, cure the candle for 2+ weeks and you're golden.

4 out of 5 Stars.
Why are there craters once it cures???

This is my first time making candles and the first wax I chose to make my line with. It’s easy to work with and so far I like it but I can’t understand why it’s creating craters after is hardens….?! Anyone have an answer or solution for this?

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CandleScience responded: 2023-08-14

Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to share your review. We're sorry to hear that you're having a bit of trouble with rough tops after the candles harden, and we'd love to learn more about your experience so that we can better assist. A member of our Customer Support team is reaching out via email to help!

5 out of 5 Stars.

As I am a newbie, I feel like I can’t complain too much as I am learning but I will say my first 5 candles I made came out great!! No sink holes not frosting nothing! I even asked multiple people from multiple groups and they all stated they turned out great. Now, after I did my first 4 hour burn test I was very upset because it was not smooth and had a couple “sink holes” once the candle hardened again. I was told that is a characteristic of Soy Wax as it’s natural with no additives as the candles you would buy from the stores. So I feel a little better about that but the wick I used for 8oz mason jars everyone was saying how to not go off by the wick chart and to use ECO 16 for the jars I have and it creates a wonderful melt pool but it curls a little once the flame is out, so I am not sure what to do there. Other than that for my first time I love it!!

5 out of 5 Stars.
Follow the guidelines

I love GB 464. I am a beginner and started out with this wax and it is very user friendly in my opinion. I live in the Eastern Sierras where we get very cold winters and very hot summers. Have not tested it in a winter environment but it cures very well in the dry summer climate I live in. I follow the guidelines — 8% FO, pour FO at 185 and gently stir for two minutes, pour into jar for at 135. I let these cure for about a week and still get AMAZING HT. I have tried several different FOs and some give more HT than others. Pick your battles. I use CD wick in the apothecary jars and they work wonderfully. Hardly any frosting, no sinkholes, great HT. Maybe I just keep getting lucky or live in an ideal climate for this wax? I have done A LOT of testing and patience is key. Remember to take a step back for a day or two from testing when you’re starting to feel burnt out or feel like giving up. Don’t hesitate to reach out to CandleScience, they are always more than happy to help, use YouTube to your advantage as well. Happy candle making!

5 out of 5 Stars.
My favorite container soy wax

Truly my favorite soy wax to work with! After lots of testing, I believe that this wax performs really well in terms of both hot and cold throw, and most of my weaker test candles could be attributed to the fragrance oil, not the wax itself. If you are struggling to get a hot throw with this wax, consider the strength of your fragrance oil. Easy to work with, easy to wick (I followed the CS wick guide and it was pretty spot-on, with maybe a single size difference up or down) and nearly always had smooth tops.