In the quest to build a healthier more long-lasting candle, I have been delving into the world of soy candle wax. Everyone’s doing it, right? But I admittedly knew very little about why people are making the switch.
What makes soy candle wax so much better than regular ‘ol paraffin and why is it worth the extra cost? Well, my friends, let me tell you. The more research I did, the more I realized that unless you want black lung, you gotta make the switch!
Well, maybe not quite, but close. I knew that regular cheapo candles are made with paraffin but what I didn’t know is what the heck paraffin is. Turns out, it’s a by-product of making petroleum.
Want to know why you get that funky black smoke when you burn your cheap commercially made candles indoors and why they stain your walls black? It’s because you are basically burning a petroleum by-product in your house. With a cheap, synthetic wick. And breathing it in by the way.
So uh, no thanks. I’ll stick to making my own candles with soy wax and cotton wicks from now on. Guess what soy wax candles are made from? SOYBEANS! Admittedly, soybeans are likely to be genetically modified since they primarily come from the US, but I do still like the idea of support farmers rather than oil conglomerates through my candle making ventures. So with that in mind, I bring you the 4 best soy waxes for candle making.
The Candlemaker's Store Natural Soy Wax, 10 lb. Bag
Natural Soy 444 Wax: 5 pound bag by Golden Brands
CandleScience All Natural Soy Candle Wax, 5 lb
100% Midwest Soy Container Wax by American Soy Organics (5 pound bag)
What to Look For When Buying Soy Wax for Candle Making
- Ease of Use: When searching out good Soy Wax for Candle Making, I am interested in finding the wax in an easy to use format with simple packaging. Basically, I don’t want to be making a huge mess fussing around with cutting chunks of wax.
- Bang for the Buck: I’m also looking for a decent amount of product for the price that will allow me to get good value for each candle that I make.
- Fragrance Hold: I want a wax that is going to hold the scent well, and mix well too when I add the scent. I want the candles to smell nice when I add the fragrance oil.
- Easy to Melt: A good melting point that makes it easy for ‘unprofessional me’ to make candles out of my microwave or melting with a double boiler without needing a bunch of professional equipment.
- Versatility: I am looking for a wax that can be used in a variety of molds and come out nicely. While I understand that this kind of softer wax is not made for pillar candles, I’d like to be able to make a bunch of differently shaped candles that turn out, without wasting my time.
The Candlemaker’s Store Natural Soy Wax, 10 lb. Bag
What attracted me to The Candlemaker’s Store Natural Soy Wax, 10 lb. Bag right off the bat was how much you get for the price. This is a huge 10lb. bag (sometimes shipped in two 5 lb. bags) that packs some serious value.
In fact, when melted, this will give you about 200 liquid ounces of wax, not including any fragrance you might be adding. So you can make a tonne of Mason jar candles with this option and basically give everyone you know a candle for Christmas.
It comes in a nice chipped piece which makes it super easy to melt and measure out by weight if you need to. And the bag is resealable which is also handy. This wax can take up to 15% fragrance as well, and still hold its shape and consistency, which is great if you’re looking to scent your candles or you can just leave it as is for a completely natural product. Highly recommended for the first time candle maker.
- Great for beginners
- Great price and quality
Natural Soy 444 Wax: 5-pound bag by Golden Brands
Also a great value, the Natural Soy 444 Wax: 5-pound bag by Golden Brands comes in even a handier almost grated format that makes melting super fast. This wax burns nice and slow since it has a higher melting point than some other waxes out there and will produce long-lasting candles that look great.
After the wax hardens you won’t see any annoying cracks and the wax clings to the wick well. Holds it’s scent great-just remember not to use any low-grade essential oils that might contain water or you’ll get separation. Proper candle fragrances or high-grade essential oils are the tickets.
This bag will make about 13-8 oz. candles but you can use it to make it fill all sorts of cute containers like teacups and jars. Because soy wax is water-soluble and the flakes are so small, clean up with this product is a breeze, you just need soap and water. All in all, a great option!
- Easy to work with
- Great value
CandleScience All Natural Soy Candle Wax, 5 lb
This is a nice option because the wax is packed in individual 1 lb. bags so you don’t have to measure out for smaller recipes. 1 bag mixed with 1 oz. fragrance oil is the recipe CandleScience recommends, and those guys know what they are talking about. They also supply wicks and fragrance to help you with all your crafty projects. CandleScience wax is clean burning without smoke or chemicals found in paraffin wax.
This wax can throw a lot of scents when burning and mixes well with color. These 2lb bags work great for storage and easy cleanup. Because the pieces are flaked they melt fast and don’t take long to set.
This wax is a good choice to have around when you want to put a few quick gifts together or make some new scent blends with fresh colors.
- Easy to dispense
- Burns evenly
100% Midwest Soy Container Wax by American Soy Organics (5-pound bag)
Remember how I mentioned up there at the top that most American grown soybeans are genetically modified? If this is a concern for you, and you want to make sure you are making a truly natural product, then the best way to ensure that is by buying a soy wax that is made from pure, organic soybeans, like 100% Midwest Soy Container Wax by American Soy Organics.
Like the other options, above American Soy Organics is offering a wax that is in fine flakes, making it super easy to use and while it looks very similar to the other products and offers up all the same benefits in terms of consistency, hold and melting point, American Soy Organics claims that it’s the purity of their beans and the rich, dark soil of the Midwest that produce the superior bean that goes into making their wax.
Easy to melt and pour, easy to mix and consistent from bag to bag, this product seems to have it all. Great for making in a wide range of molds and the price point makes a 5 lb. bag a great value for an organic product.
- Smells good
- Burns long
- Mixes well
What soy wax do you use to make candles?
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