Candle Additives: Universal Soy Additive

by dawnaurora on 7:04 am

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?

  • Frosting
  • 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.  ~

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.

Many Blessings,


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Sindy September 1, 2016 at 11:02 pm

Hi there I was wondering can you use the USA along with stearic acid and soy wax 464? Also where oh where can I buy this USA? Thank you

dawnaurora February 15, 2013 at 11:31 am

Hi Amber,
you and your mom will love making candles together. I would put the additive in when you are melting the soy and mix it really good. Take the temperature up to the recommended temp. I would add 6% USA to your total mixture.
I hope this helps.
Your Mold Maker,
P.S. Let me know how this works for you and remember to test. I do give away a free candle testing sheet if you are interested. Just sign up for my biz tips.

amber February 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm

me and my mom just started this but we are not sure when to add the additive we use golden brand soy wax with monoglycerides (GW464) and have the universal soy wax additive can any one help us figure it out thank you.

dawnaurora February 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Hi Lucy,
I have not tried USA. I want to because I have heard wonderful things about it. I just keep reading about it. I am telling you I would definitely have it in my soy wax arsenal when I had plain because I tossed out lots of $$ when I tossed the wax.
I was so upset with the performance I didn’t have the heart to pass it on.
Glad it works. 🙂

Lucy February 25, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Hi Dawn! I always use a universal additive. I use the ECOSOYA waxes with the universal additive from Peak & have no complaints. I’m unsure if this one is made exclusively for soy, but it works for me:)

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