When I started making soy votive candles in 2009, I used the soy votive blend from Candlesoylutions.com. It was made by a company called Enchanted Lites. In 2013, Enchanted Lites went out of business and another company took over their waxes, except the votive blend. I had always had good results with the EL votive wax, so I was pretty disappointed when I found out. I was, however, able to test out a couple different soy votive/pillar waxes thanks to Candlesoylutions providing me with some samples, as they were going to have to find something to replace the EL wax. The only one that tested excellent at the time was the Ecosoya PB (pillar blend), but that was the most expensive option. And then, they got their hands on a votive wax blend called P-100 soy wax . I was able to get a sample of that as well and it is excellent! Even better than the Enchanted Lites votive blend in my opinion.
The instructions say to pour hot, like I normally do with a soy votive/pillar blend wax, to get a shiny smooth look. The instructions also say to pour a bit cooler to get sort of a “mottled” look. When I poured at the normal high temp of around 170 degrees, my votives turned out beautiful. I also tried the lower temp to see what they meant by a “mottled” look, and it’s basically just that they look frosted, but not really in a nice way, so I wouldn’t recommend pouring at the lower temp. Of course you can try it for yourself and see what you think 🙂
You can also use this wax for soy pillar candles as well. I’ve made several pillar candles with it and they’ve turned out great. For a 3×3.5 inch pillar I use Eco 14 wick from an unwaxed spool and so far they always burn excellent (provided I don’t let them burn too long lol). The price is also less than the Ecosoya PB, so that’s a plus.
Overall, I definitely recommend the P-100 soy votive/pillar blend
P-100 Soy Wax Votive Candles
The soy votive candles below turned out really nice. The instructions say to pour at 175 F for a smooth look, pour at 145 F. for a “mottled” look, and that if you heat the molds before pouring at 175 they’ll be more shiny. The votive on the far left was poured at 175 unheated molds. Middle: poured at 175, heated mold and Right: poured at 145 unheated mold.
I didn’t see any difference with the heated and unheated molds at 175 degrees, but they both turned out nice and smooth looking. The one in the middle is little rough around the top edge, but that’s because I didn’t quite fill it enough.
The one on the right has slight “mottling” but to me it doesn’t look very nice and it’s mainly on the bottom.
I’ll try pouring even cooler next time and maybe it’ll give more of a neater effect.
P-100 Soy Wax Melts
Next we have some soy wax melts/tarts I made with P-100 soy wax. Very smooth and shiny when poured at 175-180 degrees F. I love these! These wax melts are gorgeous and the molds are just candy molds I picked up at Hobby Lobby.
P-100 Soy Wax Pillar Candles
Last, but not least, P-100 soy wax makes beautiful soy pillar candles!
Here’s a short clip of one burning. Sunflowers and Seamist fragrance from Candle Cocoon, and it had a great throw!
Here are a couple more pictures of some other stunning soy pillar candles I made with P-100
There you have it! There really aren’t many soy votive/tart/pillar blends to choose from , but P-100 is an excellent choice!
Have you tried it? What do you think? Leave a comment below!