Soy Wax is a completely natural and renewable candle wax. The soybeans produced to make the wax used in our candles are sourced from non-GM soy. This may not seem important because we are not consuming the wax, but on ethical considerations we have opted to do this.The wax is actually a type of vegetable oil.
Why Is This Soy Solid? Soy is an oil.
The soybeans are crushed, and the extracted oil is then hydrogenated by passing a solution of hydrogen through which changes the melting point and composition so that it solidifies at room temperature. Very similar to the way Copha is made.
Why Does Soy Wax Make A Superior Candle?
A: With some glass candle making containers- like a clear glass jar, the Soy wax has a tendency pull away from the glass. This is normal. There are different remedies; some people say warm the jars up before pouring, others say make them cold and pour in a colder environment. It may be caused by the difference in room and jar temperature. It really doesn’t bother me – it’s hand-poured soy! Note: I’ve had jars that look perfect when made, but after being exposed to the fluctuations in temperature they may change in appearance.. Like I said- not a big deal- it doesn't effect how the candle burns.
What is a triple-scented candle?
A: There are many types of wax blends, each with a predetermined amount of scent load capacity. Depending on this blend, it’s only possible to add between 15 - 50 gms of fragrance oil to 0.5 kg of wax. Usually the max is around 10 % by weight rather than by volume.
Wax is like a sponge, it will hold only so much fragrance. Once that limit is pushed the fragrance oil seeps out of the wax and will not only cause problems with the candle but can also be a safety risk.
Triple scented means that 150 gms of fragrance would have to be added and this would make it 30% making it highly unlikely that they wax would hold this fragrance load.
What are the fragrances made of?
A: Each fragrance is a unique mixture. Some may be all natural oils, some may be all aroma compounds, and most will be a blending of the two, depending on the fragrance desired. Most companies have a similar range of fragrances, but each may have a proprietary blend which makes up that fragrance. If an essential oil is available, then that is our preferred option.
We chose the materials based on what makes the fragrances smell like you want it to AND how it will perform in our product.
Essential oils can vary hugely in cost, odour, and quality from season to season because of environmental factors in the country of origin, availability, and demand on the world market. There is no common "base" for all the fragrances
Each scent is a different blend of ingredients.
For best results, fragrances should be used in 6-18 months. Different
fragrances will last longer than others. The fragrance will not necessarily get
weaker, but will change in character or colour.
What is Frosting?
White, chalky marks that appear on the top of the soy candle. May be affected by pour temperature and is a natural characteristic of soy. I find it is more obvious when you have the darker colours.
Why does soy wax crystallise?
This is also known as "blooming", sometimes as frosting. The whiteness caused by crystallisation is similar to what you get on chocolate over time.
Sunlight and dramatic changes in temperature will accelerate the crystallisation which appears as white marks. It does not in any way affect the burning or the quality of the candle and really cannot be stopped completely.
Why does my candle have a large flame and smoking?
Never leave a candle burning if you think something is wrong with it. Blow it out immediately, and don't move it until the flame is out. Caution, if the flame is big, the jar may be hotter than normal.
Your wick may be far too large or the candle may be in a draughty area where it is being fanned. Be careful where you position the candle. Keep it out of traffic areas or near airconditioners or open windows. too much oxygen will cause it to burn higher and faster that is wanted.
Can I use a Plastic ( polycarbonate) Tealight Cup in my tart warmer?
Plastic tealight cups are made so that you can see the beautiful colored wax through the plastic. They are not to be used inside any enclosed holders such as tart warmers, tealite lamps, or tealite houses. The heat could build up and melt the plastic cup.
For example to get the same weight of 1ml a fragrance with a specific gravity of 1.10 would only require 0nly 0.91 mls whereas a fragrance with a specific gravity of 0.9 would require 1.1 mls. Multiply that by 20 and you can see there is a significant difference in the volume. Ie 18.2 mls compared to 22 mls
Can I add too much fragrance oil?
This is a common question as people want their candles to have a strong fragrance.
We recommend using 3 – 6 % of scent to your wax. You may find that some scents, because of their weight, may allow you to use more per pound. But be aware, that as you go over the recommended weights your wax may not absorb all of it and it will sit on top of your candle. . This can be very dangerous, and the excess oil can ignite and create a fire
Why is my candle smoking?
Your wick size not correctly matched to the size of the container or you have added too much fragrance, you have not trimmed the wick, or your candle is placed under a ceiling fan or other draft.
My jar burst while I was burning a candle. What happened?
I've never had a candle jar crack because I have burnt the candle all the way down but I also make sure I use wick stickers that keep the heat of the flame away from the bottom of the jars and centred, so the wick does not move to the sides of the jar. Also ensure your wick is the correct size for the jar.
Terra cotta flower pots are not suitable for candles, as the clay is too weak to withstand the heat each time and unsealed terracotta will absorb the liquid wax.
Always check your glassware for chips and cracks that may compromise the safety of your candle jars.
Even with all the precautions you can take to make a safe candle, unexpected breakages do happen, so safety is paramount.
Second pours are usually done for two reasons
Candle Wick is “Drowning”
Your wick may be too small, too much fragrance was added, or your wick was not primed ie not coated in wax.
Candle is getting jumplines These are visible lines on the outside of the container are are caused by the container being too cold , so preheat them and also pour at a higher temp.
Candle Surface is uneven and full of pits and small holes
Candle is cracking
Candle is Sweating
If you see droplets on your candle surface it is usually an indication that you have added too much fragrance.
If it is a candle that you have had for a while it may be that the storage temperature is too high.
Triple fragranced candles are made with 40 mls / 450 gms wax. Strong candle fragrance is what we all want but the candle wax will only hold a maximum percentage and if this is exceeded the fragrance will seep out and be a possible fire hazard also also inhibit the fragrance through.
If you do wish to make massage candles, please remember to use only skin safe oils and do not use a concentration that will irritate the skin. All skincare products should not exceed 1 %.
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1/ Why is my soy candle not creating a full width melt pool?
2) Why doesn’t my candle have great fragrance throw?
3) Fragrance oil leeching out of the wax
4) Poor glass adhesion (wet spots or what looks like large air bubbles)
5) Frosting (coloured candles where the tops is spotted with white colour)
This is one of the main problems I have with students as they are eager to get the wax into the jar. Although I ask them to wait until the wax cools, 9 times out of ten they have poured at too high a temp.
One way I have got around this is to place my business card on their work bench and asked them not to pour until the writing on the card is no longer readable through the wax in their jar.
6) Rough tops, bubbles and air pockets after pouring
Below are safety rules for container candles and melts, but can be applied to any type of candle.
Remember to enjoy your candles safely.
What is a Massage Candle?
Enjoy the benefits of a warm, soothing massage oil made with 100% all-natural soybean oil, blended with almond and emu oil. When heated, they provide a warm massage oil as well as room fragrance and a natural skin moisturizer for hands, feet and other dry skin areas.
Massage Candles are made of 100% natural soy wax with a 3% blend of essential oils and then fortified with pure emu oil - a perfect blend for the skin.
Soon after lighting, the soy wax is warm to the touch and can be used as a soothing massage oil or skin moisturizer.
Instructions for Use:
Burn your candle until the soy wax pool extends to edges (approx 20 - 30 mins).
Make sure you blow it out and wait until liquid wax reaches desired temperature.
Slowly pour soy wax onto hands and then massage into partner's body as a soft calming
DO NOT pour directly onto the skin.
Our candles are specially formulated with imput from professional therapists and are used in spa centres around the world as the perfect alternative to traditional massage oil.
MADE IN AUSTRALIA and hand poured in the GISBORNE.
Caution: wax may be hot, so always allow to cool before you use on anyone.
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