You have poured a large batch of soy wax candles. You have done all the candle wax testing prior to selling them. But wait, your soy candles start to frost, a mutation of some sort forms on the candle tops and the scent throw is bad. What in the world is going on? Sometimes is feels like no matter how much testing and research you do you cannot make soy wax work for you.
Been there and done that. Because of my lack of knowledge I ended up pitching four 50lb. boxes of plain 415 soy wax. Yes, I threw it all away. I was frustrated with the wax and I didn’t want to boxes sitting around, staring me in the face. My patience took off without me. :)
I started to read about soy wax additives. This was the answer to my problem, but it was too late. Don’t let it be too late for you. Additives are a great way to help give your candles a boost.
There are many potential additives that will help give wax a boost. Some additives are used specifically for paraffin wax and some candle additives are used for soy wax. I am going to explore a soy wax additive.
What are some of the problems that you are having with soy wax?
- Rough and mutated looking tops
- Pour Scent throw
Here is a potential soy wax additive that may clear some soy wax problems.
Universal Soy Additive
Universal soy additive, also known as USA, soy-lite universal soy additive, and modifier/all vegetable is a monoglyceride food additive that helps soy wax set up better. It improves the texture and consistency of soy in general. This soy candle additive helps form smoother tops, enhances scent throw and helps reduce frosting. Here is a definition from a candle supplies online store.
Universal Soy Wax Additive is specially made for soy wax. Universal Soy Wax Additive has a higher melt point which will add firmness to your candle. It will also help in smoothing out the top of your candle, reducing your post-pour maintenance. It may help with glass adhesion and scent throw. We recommend you add 1% – 2% (or about 1/2 tablespoon per pound) for smoother tops on candles. You can add more, 10-12% max, if necessary. One pound = approximately 35 Tablespoons. ~ thecandlemakersstore.com
Could this soy wax additive clear your problems? Some candle makers swear by it. I have not had the chance to work with this additive. I would check with your candle wax company that the wax you are using doesn’t contain this additive already. There are waxes like C-3 that already contain universal soy additive, but you can still add more.
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