All About The Wax
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A Note About The Waxes We Sell
We love coconut wax blends, with the sole exception of our Soy Bliss wax. We do not sell pure soy and will make no wicking suggestions for soy. Although we broke up with 464 and are no longer on speaking terms, there are many 464 and 444 users who are very happy with their wax. If you have questions about soy waxes, just about every facebook candle making group talks about soy wax as it is so commonly used. If you test our containers with 464 and find a wick that works well, please let us know and we will publish your suggestions and give you the credit!
Experienced candle makers know how important a good quality wax is. There is just no substitute for a wax that consistently preforms well. All of our blends are premier quality, luxury waxes, and they do not require any further blending. Our Luxe wax and our Pearl wax are both primarily coconut waxes. The Luxe wax is blended with apricot and a touch of food-grade paraffin, while our Pearl wax is blended with a small amount of soy and a small amount of food-grade paraffin. Our gorgeous Soy Bliss wax is unlike any soy wax on the market. It's unique, proprietary blend of soy, and a small amount of food-grade paraffin, allows it to behave just like our coconut waxes. Perfectly smooth tops, no sink holes, no heat gunning...No Drama! The Soy Bliss has a slightly higher melt point of 130F-132F, which makes it a great choice for the summer months.
Heating and Pouring Temps:
With all of our waxes, including Soy Bliss, we recommend heating past 200 degrees Fahrenheit. We like to get these waxes to 215-220 F, so when we weigh the wax into the pouring pitcher, our temperature is still above 200 F. This is because we like to add fragrance oil at no lower than 200 F. We feel that this helps the wax and the fragrance oil to bond. There is no danger of "burning off" the fragrance oil at these temperatures, and the flashpoint of fragrance oil has absolutely nothing to do with the temperature of the wax when combined. We recommend stirring for up to 30 seconds, but not longer, as you want to be pouring these waxes into their containers while still hot. The temperature is usually between 175-185F when pouring into the container.
Why Coconut Wax?
Many candle makers ask this question. They wonder what's so great about coconut wax that other makers will spend extra money to buy this wax when soy is so cheap. Although there are many benefits to coconut wax, for us the primary reason we love its ease of use. While other waxes produce inconsistent results, coconut wax gives us smooth tops every time. We never have to use a heat gun, have sink holes, or worry about an ugly reset. It's just so easy. Coconut wax also provides excellent hot and cold throw. We all want a 'knock your socks off' hot throw and we think coconut wax provides this. Cold temperatures inside your home, however, are discouraged when performing a test burn. Coconut wax likes warmer temperatures, so if you are having trouble with your hot throw, bump your heater up to 70 degrees.
You can wick test 24 hours after you pour. Being able to conduct a next day wick test is extremely helpful, although you may need a full two-week cure for maximum throw. We notice that most fragrance oils tend to "bloom" on day 7. Coconut wax is clean burning and sustainable. We have clients who tell us they have never been able to enjoy candles as it aggravated their asthma. Yet they have no trouble with ours. Please note, we are making no medical claims here. This is simply feedback we've received from our customers.
Where Do I Start?
If you'd like to experiment with coconut wax but are feeling a bit lost, there are facebook groups specifically for coconut wax. Our favorite is "For the Love of Coconut Wax" hosted by Teri Brown. We love this group because it is an endless wealth of information and knowledge without the drama. Many candle making groups are mean spirited, especially to newcomers, but this group is supportive and helpful. It is a great place to start!
How To Make Blends With Coconut Wax
While our waxes are pre-blended, and we think they are perfect just as they are, many makers love to blend waxes. We do too! It's lots of fun and teaches us so much about the properties of different waxes. You may blend our waxes with other waxes to change the performance of the candle and create your very own blend. When trying a new wax formula we recommend you remove as many variables as possible and keep it simple. For example, if you want to try adding beeswax to your coconut wax blend, make four testers using the same container, same fragrance, and same fragrance load. Make one with 5% beeswax, one with 10% beeswax, one with 15% beeswax, and one with 20% beeswax. From this experiment you will learn how different percentages effect the performance, aesthetic, throw, and wicking.