You’ve decided on soy wax for your candles, or maybe you are switching from another type of wax. You google soy wax and find that there are many types to choose from! Which is the best soy wax? At this point you may just choose one and roll with it. You may eventually find that you run into a few issues. Maybe it’s too much frosting. Maybe you don’t get the strong fragrance throw you were looking for. Sink holes, why are there sink holes??? You begin to wonder if you made a mistake. You start looking for answers. You search Google for “What is the best soy wax for candles” and find multiple articles with different opinions. You ask in groups and find hundreds of different opinions there as well, though some soy waxes tend to stick out as ones that a majority seem to have the best luck with.
All this can be so confusing!!
The problem is, it is really difficult to say which soy wax is best. There is no “best” soy wax, only what works best for you.
Each soy wax has strengths and weaknesses. Different soy waxes have different melting temperatures, pouring temperatures and cooling temperatures. Some soy waxes cool with smoother tops, while others have more of an issue with sink holes or frost. (there are things you can do to minimize the frost and sink holes). Some candle makers find that some waxes give a better hot throw than others.
I know you probably came upon this article because you hoped I would give you the magic answer and tell you what the best soy wax is. I’m sorry to disappoint, but I can list the types of soy wax and give you some idea of which ones I’ve used that have worked well, and which ones others tend to use most with great success. So far my favorite soy waxes are 100% Midwest Soy, P-100 Pillar Blend (great for tarts and votives) and Ecosoya Advanced.
Types of Soy Wax
Calwax CB3- Made from 100% hydrogenated soy and vegetable oils. Single pour
Candle Science Wax on Amazon.com– This is actually just the Golden Brands 464 that they have on their website as well. It’s a little expensive for a 2lb bag on Amazon, but if you have Amazon Prime, then it would qualify for free shipping, so it might be worth it depending where you live and if you are just wanting to test it out.
Cargill Naturewax C-1– This is actually a soy/palm blend. Description says it has great fragrance throw, and resistant to bloom or “frosting”. Also avoids wet spots by completely pulling away from the containers. This wax could also work for tarts and votives since it pulls away completely.
Cargill Naturewax C-3– 100% soy wax from Elevance. It is resistant to bloom or “frosting” and wet spots and is supposed to give an excellent scent throw.
EcoSoya Q210, Ecosoya Q220, EcoSoya Q230, EcoSoya Quantum– Ecosoya recently re-formulated their soy wax and these are the new formulas. I have not tried any of their new waxes yet so I can’t comment on them personally at this time.
Ecosoya Advanced Container wax– Made with pure soybeans and carefully selected botanical oils. Extreme resistance to bloom or “frosting”. Contracts slightly for a more even appearance. Smooth tops and consistent color retention.
Ecosoya PB Pillar Blend– Made from pure 100% soybeans and carefully selected botanical oils. Self-releasing from molds. This wax is for Pillars, votives, tarts and any other molded candles. Very smooth appearance and I personally know it makes beautiful votives and melts. Ships well in all climates.
P-100 Pillar/Votive/Tart blend This is a pillar/votive blend soy wax and is great for pillars, votives and tarts/melts. *I have used this wax and it works very well and cools to a nice smooth finish and has good hot throw
100% Midwest Soy This is the wax I have used for my containers since I started several years ago. Excellent jar adhesion and hot and cold throw. It is 100% soy wax, nothing added or blended. Since it is 100% soy, it can have more issues with frosting. I’ve found I have a lot less trouble during the warmer months so room temperature plays a big part if you are doing everything else correctly.
Millenium Blend – A container wax that is a blend of soy and other natural ingredients (no paraffin) to resist frosting or bloom. Long burning, good jar adhesion and color retention. This blend does give a nice smooth appearance and has a smoother appearance than some other soy waxes after it burns as well. It is a nice wax, but can have a little more trouble with “wet spots” (pulling away from the jar in some spots).
Golden Brands 416– A tart/votive soy wax that contains no additives and is natural and kosher.
Golden Brands 435– This is a soy/cotton blended wax that is also both natural and kosher. The cotton blend is supposed to help with an easier burn and reduce frosting.
Golden Brands 464– *Recommended by many in our Facebook group! I had trouble with it the first batch I bought, but I think it was just a bad batch because the second time I bought it, it worked out much better. The best pour temp for this wax seems to be 135 degrees F or higher. Lower melt point than the 444 wax for better glass adhesion and burn time. This is a blended soy wax using a soy-based additive and is both natural and kosher. This soy-based additive enables the soy to be poured at a hotter temperature reducing frosting and increasing FO load. This wax blends well with paraffin, slack wax, and microcrystalline waxes.
Golden Brands 444– Higher melt point than the 464 for higher fragrance load/stronger scent throw. This is a blended soy wax using a soy-based additive and is both natural and kosher. This soy-based additive enables the soy wax to be poured at a hotter temperature reducing frosting and increasing FO load. This wax blends well with paraffin, slack wax, and microcrystalline waxes.
Golden Brands 415– A pure soy wax that has a higher melt point than 402 allowing for a higher fragrance load for a stronger scent throw. *I have tested this wax and I really like it. It cooled to a very nice smooth appearance with no frosting.
Golden Brands 402– A pure soy wax that has a lower melt point for better glass adhesion (less “wet” spots) and better burn.
KY Soy 115– 100% soybean wax for containers. Fragrance load up to 10% (they state that tops may require a repour)
KY Soy 125– All natural soybean/cottonseed blend. Fragrance load up to 10%
KY Puresoy– 100% soy wax with no additives. Fragrance load up to 12%. They also state that tops may require a repour.
Nature’s Garden (NG) 100% Soy– This is simply the Golden Brands 415 (see description above)
Soy 120 by Candlewic– This is an all natural soy based wax. Fragrance load is 3% which seems extremely low. They do suggest adding Palm Stearic or beeswax to it, but it can be used alone.
Soy 125 by Candlewic– This is an all natural soy wax made with soy wax and soybean oil so that it has a higher fragrance load than the 120. Fragrance load is 5-6% . The addition of Palm Stearic or Beeswax is also suggested which will give a higher fragrance load.