So I decided to stay up and do some candle experimenting a few nights ago (like….after midnight….). I did a review on the Golden Brands 464 soy wax quite awhile ago.
It didn’t turn out very well, so I decided, since it has so many great reviews, that I would try buying it from a different supplier and try again. I purchased 10lbs of 464 soy wax from Candlescience and I made a couple candles right away which turned out much, much better than when I did my original review.
This time I decided to make 2 candles and try pouring them at different temps, just to show how the pour temp can affect the wax once it’s cooled. Some soy waxes do best poured at a very low temperature, and some do better poured at a higher temp.
Here’s what I found with the Golden Brands 464 wax the other night when I poured at 2 different temps.
I used 1lb of wax to make two 8oz candles and 0.7oz Sweet Potato Pecan Pie (Candlesoylutions.com) fragrance oil (There wasn’t quite 1oz left in the bottle, or I would have done 1oz. ) and 4 drops of brown dye. The wick I used in both candles is Eco 14.
I heated the soy wax…..
to 185°F , added fragrance oil and dye, stirred for a couple minutes and let cool to 165°F, then stirred, and poured the first candle. Then I let the rest of the wax cool to 135°F, stirred, and poured the second candle. As you can see, I didn’t fill the first one up quite enough, so the second candle is filled more than I anticipated.
And here’s what they looked like the next morning after they had set.
As you can see, the candle I poured at the cooler temperature has a slight sinkhole, but no frost on either candle, and neither one had any wet spots (pulling away from the jar in spots on the sides, instead of adhering to the jar)
You can see by comparing this test to my first time using the Golden Brands 464 soy wax, that this time turned out a lot better so far. I still need to test burn these of course, but I’m going to wait a few more days so it should be about a week or so cure time.
The candle that I poured at 165 definitely turned out the best with no sink holes at all and very smooth. Like I said, no wet spots the next day, or the day after that, but I did notice on the 3rd day that they both had pulled away from the jar a bit. It’s not bad, and it’s a larger area that has pulled away so you don’t really notice it much. I think this is because it is getting colder overnight in my house now, and room temperature can definitely affect soy candles. The one I poured at 135 also had just a few very small spots of frost on the sides, but also not real noticeable.
I plan on doing a couple more temperature tests with this wax. I want to try a higher temp and a very low temp, so I’ll be sure to post about that down the road.
Now I can’t wait to test burn these and let you know how they do! I LOVE the smell of the Sweet Potato Pecan Pie fragrance, and the cold throw is great. I’m hoping that, even though I didn’t get to use a whole 1oz like I normally would, it will still throw well. We shall see!
That’s it for now. I’ll post an update once I start test burning them!