WHY WE USE SOY WAX
Now before I begin I want to state that this is not another Paraffin wax bashing post. I don’t know enough about how Paraffin wax is made to judge it. I’ve done a little research and tested it to compare it for my own notes but because I have always worked with Soy its not something I have gone into great depth with. This is a positive piece about why I use and love Soy.
I did actually test Paraffin a few years ago (I am always testing something!) and to be totally honest I found it took too long to melt and I couldn’t master the glass adhesion they turned out bad and I ticked it off my never ending list of things I want to try and moved on. I found soy wax burns slower then Paraffin and Paraffin left soot on my jars when burning but that was pretty much it.
I genuinely believe I just hit lucky with wax. Back in 2012 I started experimenting and basically just ordered anything as i was just making for myself and what I ordered was a soy wax – It was called 464 and I loved it. I started to research different waxes, once I learnt about how it was sustainable and ethical I stuck with the same wax for years and years.
There are actually a ton of different soy waxes that all have different benefits as well as positives. A few years ago 464 was discontinued. RIP I still miss it. I had to start from scratch and experiment with new waxes. I was going between 444 and 494. I found one worked better in the summer as it had a higher melt point so it didn’t melt in transit (on route to customers) during hot weather and the other had a lower melt point so it was a bit softer and didn’t crack during the colder months.
This time last year I found the wax of my dreams. I am fortunate enough to have a wholesale supplier 20 minutes away who I’ve built a lovely professional relationship with over time and he brought me a large sample that I had actually turned my nose up at as it was in pellet form and I had only ever used flakes. Alas I tried it and it was love at first pour. After rigorous testing and wicking once again I made the switch. You would not believe just how much goes into making a candle and how many tears are shed collectively world wide between myself and fellow candle makers LOL
I have gone off on a tandem so I will write a few short facts below about Soy wax and why it is my wax of choice.
- It gives a good burn time as it burns slower due to having a low melting point.
- It burns soot free (unless you don’t trim your wick)
- Soy wax is a vegetable wax derived from Soy Beans – It is renewable and carbon neutral, meaning you can enjoy your candle knowing it hasn’t had a negative impact on the environment.
- It is an excellent carrier for fragrance and does not require any extra chemicals to help the fragrance throw
- Soy wax washes away with warm soapy water making it easy to repurpose your vessel once the candle has burned down.
With all positives there are negatives!
Soy wax can be quite difficult to master. It can be quite difficult to achieve a smooth top after pouring. I did make a video on TikTok about how I manage this. @llcandles if you would like to see it!
During the colder months Soy Wax can frost. This is when the top or sides of the wax has a crystalline, white-ish color coating, we refer to this as frosting or blooming. Frosting is a natural characteristic of soy and it is one way that a customer can tell if their candle is really made with pure, all-natural soy wax. Sometimes it does not matter what you do it just happens. I find it affects colourful candles more then white ones and it is definitely more frequently in winter. When our customers come to see us in the unit the frosty ones always sell first!
This is based purely on my experience, my research and my opinion