What is EcoSoya CB-135 & 120 (Container Blends)
EcoSoya CB-135 Wax
EcoSoya CB-135 is a one-pour soy wax resulting in a level surface with excellent container adhesion. Its 100% all vegetable made from soybeans and has outstanding stability with no experienced shelf life in or out of candles. Old or partial candles may be remelted and the wax reused. Keep EcoSoya CB-135 stored in a cool dry area away from direct heat or sunlight.
General Soy Candle Making
Making a candle is a process of combing wax with dye, fragrance, container configuration and wick. All these components can have a dramatic effect on the wax and how the candle performs. Dyes and fragrances can react poorly with each and cause problems with wicking. They can also react with the wax to produce undesirable effects.
Choose a container that you want to use for your candle. Pick and mix a dye with the wax that gives you the desired look, use a wick you think will burn well. Confirm that the combination looks the way you want it to. Then choose a fragrance and add it to the container, wax, dye and wick combination. Check the look and scent throw (both cold and hot) of the candle. If the look is off then you may need another type or manufacturer of dye or fragrance. If the scent throw is not good you may need another type of wick or a different type or manufacturer of fragrance. Fragrances vary from company to company; for example, one company may have hundreds of different vanillas that are different from another companys vanillas.
Now check your wicking. Test burn the candle for burn pool diameter and mushrooming. Mushrooming is when carbon and/or other substances build up on the end of the wick interfering with combustion. Mushrooming can cause sooting and bad odors. Try different wicks until you have your desired burn pool diameter and a good clean flame. The burn pool should be about ¼ to ½ inch deep.
Every combination of container, wax, dye, fragrance and wick must be tested for burn quality.
What type embeds can I use in gel candles?
Many nonflammable items can be used as embeds in gel candles. Glass items work great, sand, seashells and beach glass are good for the bottom of the candle (make sure they are clean or they will cloud gel). You can also use wax embeds with a high melting point of 140 F or higher (our wax embeds are specifically for gel candles) and pour your gel very cool so as not to melt the wax embeds. Use your imagination but be careful. Any item that you put in your gel candles must be able to be held over a flame for 15 seconds without catching on fire.
How can I get more or less bubbles?
The temperature you pour the gel at will produce the bubbles you want. In other words, if you pour your heated gel at 200 deg. F, you will have lots of bubbles. If you pour your gel at 175 - 185 deg. F. you will have fewer bubbles. This is contrary to what you may have heard and still may depend on how close you are pouring your gel. Pouring slowly at 185 Deg. F from close to the top of your glassware will limit the bubbles. Pouring at 200 Deg. F from higher than the glass top will produce more bubbles.
When using shells or other porous embeds, soak them for an hour in mineral oil, and then lightly wipe them off so that they will not make bubbles when you put them in your gel candle.
What types of container can I use to melt my pre-mix gel?
Presto Pots, stainless steel, Teflon coated, and roaster pots can be used. Start by heating the gel in the pot on low heat. THIS MUST BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES! . Once your gel is melted, pour into a glass measuring cup that has a spout, then you will have less spillage when pouring into your containers or glassware. If you don't have a spout, a ladle can be used.
Care and Burning Instructions for Candles made with EcoSoya
Keep the wick trimmed to 1/8 inch to prevent smoking and carbon mushrooming. Retrim every 3 to 4 hours as the candle burns.
Burn in a draft free area clear of combustible materials such as curtains, books, baskets, etc.
Candles should be spaced apart while lit to prevent uneven burning.
Keep the burn pool clean, never throw matches into the candle.
Keep candles out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources.
Always place the candle on or in a non-combustible, heat-resistant base set on a level stable surface.
Extremes of heat and cold should be avoided. Do not store the candles in the freezer and never leave them in a hot car.
The candles may be cleaned by washing them gently in cool water. Allow to air dry before use.
NEVER move or leave the candle unattended while burning.
If you experience a problem with your candle, try the following steps to isolate the cause. Whatever the issue may be its important that you test for only one variable at a time. This enables you to isolate the cause of your problem. Variables include but are not limited to the container, wax, dye, fragrance, wick, pour temperature and even environmental conditions.
First make a candle in the container with only the wick (no dye or fragrance). If it looks good then the wax is performing normally.
Then one at a time change a variable. Try adding the dye without fragrance to the container, wax and wick. If it looks good and burns well the dye is compatible with the wax.
Try adding the fragrance without dye to the container, wax and wick. If it looks good and burns well the fragrance is compatible with the wax.
Try the dye and fragrance together with the container, wax and wick. If it looks good and burns well the dye/fragrance combination is compatible with the wax.
If you are experiencing burn problems, try a different type or size of wick.
Other variables to try are different pouring and cooling temperatures and even different containers.
Be sure all equipment and materials are contamination free. This can be a lot of work but you will find the cause of your problem. Be sure to record all your testing and results. When you do find the cause, substitute a different type or manufacturer of that component until you achieve the results you desire.
The above suggestions are only suggestions, your results may vary. Testing and experimenting are the only way to achieve the effects and results you desire. Be sure to follow all safety precautions and directions recommended by the manufacturer of the tools, materials and equipment you use. We welcome your comments and suggestion.
What is the best way to cool my candles
Cool undisturbed candles at room temperature (about 70 F). The containers should be about 1/4 to 1/2 inch apart to allow air circulation for even cooling. The container should remain open during cooling, at least 24 hrs, (large candles, 2 lbs and greater may require longer times).
Melting Soy Wax
Melting Soy Wax
We recommend that the wax be heated to 190 before adding dye liquid or dye block, flake, or powder. When using liquid dyes or no dye at all, heat the wax to 165 F. EcoSoya waxes can be melted in the microwave, if desired.
Allow the wax to cool to your desired pour temperature, add the fragrance and mix well.
Soy Candle Wicking
EcoSoya soy wax when melted is more viscous than paraffin requiring the use of larger wicking than you may be use to with paraffin. For example; a #4 or #5 square braid wick, or a 45 ply & higher flat braid wick will create a pool size of 3.5 to 4.5 inches depending on container type, shape and size as well as fragrance and dye types used. However, we recommend using cotton core wicks for best results. In general non-cored wicks work best.
EcoSoya tends to burn more down then out as compared to paraffin allowing them to have longer burning periods. The ideal burn pool depth to achieve is ¼ inch over the life of the candle.
For example, an apothecary jar should take about 4 to 5 hours for the burn pool to reach the edge of the glass. Over wicking will produce deeper, quicker pools but may cause sooting or emit the fragrance too fast. Wicks should be kept trimmed 1/8 to 1/4 inch; retrim as the candle is burned
How can I gage temperature?
Generally we found using a meat thermometer works the best. You cannot rely on the gauge of an electric pot as it is not always accurate. Meat thermometers are inexpensive and can be found almost anywhere.
Why do my gel candles become cloudy?
There are many reasons that gel could cloud: Overuse of fragrance can cloud gel. Do not use more than ½ ounce (one tablespoon) of fragrance per pound of gel.
Moisture in your gel could make it cloudy. Make sure that the gel is stored properly so that water or moisture cannot get to it or forms inside the container it is stored in and that your melting pot and candle containers are completely dry.
If you pour your heated gel at a temperature of 200 deg. F or more, some of the wax from the wick, or wax embeds will melt off and cause a serious cloud problem. Be sure to pour your gel at 185 degrees to avoid this problem.
Unwashed seashells could cause a cloudy candle as the salt or dirt may rise when you are pouring your gel. Thoroughly wash seashells.