Soy Wax

11 years ago

Soy Wax
Soy Wax

When you are learning how to make candles or you are an experienced candle maker you should always use the right type of candle wax to create your special line of homemade candles. Candle making wax comes in various types. When you are making candles, you need to ensure that you choose the correct type of wax in order to create the type of candles you will make. Listed here are some differences in candle wax to keep in mind while planning your candle making projects.

  • Natural – Natural wax is the hard fat tallow of animals such as cows, sheep, whale and swine. Tallow has no color and is a soft wax with a peculiar odor; however, whale tallow had the more pleasing scent of all the animal fat waxes. It has been useful for centuries for container candles. Natural waxes also include white or yellow beeswax, vegetable or palm bases waxes and soy wax to name just a few.
  • Beeswax – This is a clean, long burning and drip-less type of wax that requires no additional scents included. Bees make it of course. It holds its own scent and is not recommendable for adding scented essential oils. Since natural wax can include oils and fats of animal, plants and insects, it is best to read the ingredient list before making a final purchase.
  • Bayberry – This wax type is an extraction from the berries of a bay berry plant by boiling. It has a distinct scent and greenish coloring. To get one pound of wax it takes approximately fifteen pounds of berries. This wax reaches its melting point at 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Colonial women made this discovery long ago. It is a very popular candle making wax.
  • Soy – This is another natural candle wax, it is an extraction from the soybean. It is a vegetable based type of wax suitable for use when candle making. This is another great vegetable wax type for making a more vegan type of candle. However, it does differ in techniques from using paraffin wax for candle making.
  • Paraffin – This wax type is actually by product of petroleum or crude oil. There are different grades of paraffin wax; they have various melt points, remember to check the labels. Paraffin wax with the melting point of 130 degrees Fahrenheit is most useful for container candles. It is too soft a wax to use for carved or molded candles. Paraffin wax that has a melting point between 130 and 145 degrees is most useful for pouring wax candles. Paraffin wax with a melting point between 145 and 150 degrees is harder and much more useful for molded and carved candles. Paraffin wax is available in either straight wax or blended wax. Straight wax has no additives and requires some other type of additive to blend with it. Straight wax has a melting point of between 120 to 160 degrees. Blended wax comes ready to use with additives included with the exceptions of color or scent.

Candle making wax does vary and you can create some of the most beautiful and creative candles to use yourself, you can give them as gifts; you can even sell candles to others to create a profit. Using candle making wax you have unlimited potential to warm the world with light!

Ruky Walsh is a candle making expert. For more great tips on candle making wax, visit

Can you mold/use molds with soy wax?

I saw some tarts that were shaped like various foods, I thought soy wax was too soft to mold into any meaningful shapes…..

Melting temp 114-120 f the wax is indeed soft, but with a little care ( and a cool location) it can be shaped into anything.


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