What wax and why…?

An Insight into TSK’s candle waxes

Did you know? We have a great range of candle making equipment and ingredients here at TSK! It’s not always about soap you know. A common question online and for us at TSK HQ is…

“I would like to make candles, what wax should I use?!”

Although Candle making is a simple and easy enough process, the ins and outs of the main ingredient involved can be tougher to understand when choosing the type of wax you need for the style of candle you hope to make.  If you’re a business, you really do need to consider your brand ethics when you choose this ingredient for your products as this could be a great POS for you!

In this blog post, we explore the most popular waxes sold worldwide here at TSK and then a little insight into some of the less known about alternatives or additives for your candles!

So… what wax and why?

Soy Wax

Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil that is extracted from Soy Beans.

It is without a doubt the most popular wax on the market at the moment and likewise with our customers here at the Soap Kitchen! If you’re searching for an inexpensive candle wax to make the perfect container candle, then you’re looking in the right place.

Our Soy waxes are a great choice and here’s why:

  • Excellent adhesion to containers of all kinds!
  • Produces a cleaner burn than traditional oil based waxes
  • Lower melting point + low shrinkage = longer lasting candle
  • Naturally derived
  • Renewable, sustainable, biodegradable and environmentally friendly
  • Excellent scent throw

Our best seller – https://www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk/soy-wax-ecowax-3-container-blend

Helpful info about Nature wax C3:

  • Melting temperature – 71.1 to 93.3°C (160 to 200°F)
  • Pouring temperature – 48.9 to 73.8°C (120 to 165°F)
  • Shelf life – 36 months
  • Recommended fragrance % – 6% (7-10% if additives are used to control fragrance)
  • Suitable for liquid and powder dyes or coloured wax chips

EcoSoya

Its back!! And consider this your perfect choice if you really want a high quality, natural and environmentally friendly candle for your Eco conscious brand.

EcoSoya is made from pure soybeans and carefully selected botanical oils

We have recently got EcoSoya wax back into the warehouse with a variety of blends you can pick which suits you best, the Q230 holds up to 18% fragrance, which, for a candle, is a brilliant quality if you are after an uber smelly candle! Where the EcoSoya Pillar Blend Candle Wax makes a natural pillar and can hold up to 12%.

EcoSoya CB Advanced:

  • Extreme Resist to bloom (white frosting)
  • Smooth top surface
  • Even burn pool
  • Consistent colour retention
  • Best for: Container
  • Holds up to 12% fragrance

EcoSoya Pillar Blend

  • Contracts from mould giving great pillar shape
  • Best for: Pillar, moulded & container
  • Creamy white colour
  • Great scent hold up to 12%

EcoSoya Q210

  • Great clean burn
  • Best for: Container candles
  • Stable with greater pour temperature range
  • Holds up to 18% fragrance

EcoSoya Q220

  • Ease of use
  • Best for: Container, pillar, moulded and melts
  • Clean burning
  • Holds up to 18% fragrance

EcoSoya Q230

  • Great clean burn
  • Best for: Pillar & moulded.
  • Consistency, stability and high quality
  • Holds up to 18% fragrance

Beeswax

Taken from the covering of honeycomb in its raw state, with a fantastically sweet fragrance, it is seen as quite a luxurious ingredient and yet perhaps the most traditional too.

It comes in a useful pellet form, which is easy to melt down, you can get white unfragranced, bleached pellets which is great if you wish to add your own scent.

Properties include:

  • 100% Natural and renewable
  • Popular as a By-product from Bee Keepers
  • Available in white and yellow shades
  • New Vegan Substitute available
  • Longest burning time
  • Similar performance to Paraffin wax
  • Available in Standard or Organic
  • Very little scent throw
  • Use our range of versatile ‘LX’ wicks if you choose Beeswax

(Vegan Substitute beeswax: made with Paraffin, Helianthus Annus Seed Cera, Rhus Succedanea Druit Cera, Stearic Acid, comes in a block rather than pellets. A synthetic beeswax alternative)

Rapeseed

  • Vegan and Biodegradable
  • This is a soft wax so we recommend to blend with another wax for a longer lasting, harder candle
  • Holds scent well
  • UK grown/Locally sourced
  • Available in pillar and container blends

If you’re interested in a ‘Natural’ wax with a Rapeseed blend – Our Premium Natural Wax 4382 is a great choice for you! Here’s why:

  • Excellent adhesion
  • Melt Point 50c-60c
  • Fragrance addition of up to 8%
  • Made in Britain
  • Great scent throw
  • Best suited if you’re marketing a ‘high end’ container candle.

Paraffin

Paraffin, derived from petroleum, used to be the wax boss, it was the cheapest and often the first choice for many candle makers, but has been over shadowed by the more ‘natural’ Soy wax.

  • Petroleum Based
  • Best suited for Pillar Candles
  • Holds scent and colour very well
  • Long shelf life
  • inexpensive

Coconut Wax

The new wax about town! Growing rapidly in popularity, mainly due to its sustainable properties and its vegan friendly too:

  • Highly sustainable & renewable crop
  • Burns slow & clean
  • Good scent hold/throw
  • Slightly more expensive
  • Great jar adhesion
  • Holds approx. 8-10% fragrance
  • Quick melt down, making production faster
  • This is a softer wax, so blending this with a harder wax is recommended.

Candelilla Wax

Made by boiling the leaves and stems of the candelilla shrub (found in Northern Mexico & the States) with a low concentration of sulphuric acid.

  • Vegan friendly
  • High melting point- good stabiliser
  • Denser than beeswax- use half the amount- more goes a long way!
  • Takes days to set fully- slower manufacture to finished product turnaround

Carnauba Wax

From Brazilian palm trees known as ‘the tree of life’ because of the variety of its uses, what are its properties?

  • Vegan friendly
  • One of the hardest waxes- High melting point (85degrees)
  • Mostly used as an additive in a blended wax to create a harder candle
  • Insoluble in water & ethanol (dissolves in ethyl acetate or xylene)
  • Sold as off-white powder or yellow-brown flakes

Olive Wax

Yes, the fantastic olive has even more uses!

  • 100% natural- Vegan friendly
  • Hard wax – 60degree melting point
  • Similar to beeswax

Almond Wax

  • Softer than beeswax
  • High melting point of 65degrees
  • Vegan friendly

Sunflower Wax

  • Hard wax with high melting point
  • Light in colour with low odour
  • Vegan friendly

Gel Wax

Masquerading as a wax, but actually a mix of resin & mineral oil, this unique product is great for candle making:

  • Holds scent & colour
  • Melts & Burns like wax
  • Its transparency allows for creative uses- imitating water& liquid
  • Great texture!!
  • Use in container candles

 

Because we have such a large variety of waxes available here, we have given as much info as possible in a condensed form, however, please feel free to comment below if you have any more relevant information about any of the waxes covered in this blog.

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