Making Candles with EcoSoya

Can I mix different EcoSoya® soy waxes?

Yes, all EcoSoya waxes are compatible with each other. You can blend different EcoSoya waxes to get a special combination for your needs.

How can I improve candle adhesion to glass containers?

First, make sure the EcoSoya wax you’re using is designed to adhere to containers. CB-135 and CB-XceL are designed to adhere, while CB-Advanced Soy is designed to pull away.

Be sure your containers are clean and wicks centered. Try a different fragrance and dye. Pour, cooling and storage temperatures are very important. Try altering the pour temperature either up or down by 10 to 30 degrees. Slowing the cooling rate may also help. Cool storage will cause the candle to pull away from the container, store at temperatures of about 70°F. Visit Isolating CB Problems or Isolating PB Problems to learn more.

How do I isolate a problem I’m having with my candle?

Please review CB-135, CB-Advanced SoyCB-XceL or PB instructions to learn about isolating problems.

How long should my candle setup (cure) before I test burn it?

Burn tests should be done at least 48 hours after creating candle. This will give the best accuracy and reproducibility between your test candles.

What causes “frosting” on candles and how can I prevent this?

Frosting (also known as “bloom”) is caused when a crystal different from the body of the candle is formed while liquid wax turns into a solid. When a liquid turns into a solid it forms crystals. Frosting is the formation of a different type of crystal than that of the body of the candle. The frosting and the body are the exact same material with a different crystal structure. For example, when water freezes you may see clear ice with white looking frosting on it. While they appear different, both are made of water. Many factors affect the formation of frosting such as fragrance, dye pour temperature, cooling temperature and storage temperature. Click on Isolating CB Problems or Isolating PB Problems to determine what aspect is causing your frosting. Try altering the pour temperature either up or down by 10 to 30 degrees and make sure the room temperature is about 70°F while the candle cools. When possible store your candles at 70°F. Cold storage temperatures will cause the candle to frost but when warmed to 70°F for a day or two the frosting should disappear. An effect similar to frosting can occur when the candle pulls away from the sides of a glass container, leaving wax residue on the glass.

What type of color should I use?

We recommend powder dyes to start. Powder does not have a solvent or paraffin base, which can add an additional variable toward finding your candle formula. Liquid, block and chip dyes work well in EcoSoya waxes and should also be explored. Testing your combinations is the only way to find which is best for you.