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Frosting on soy candles is something candle makers have had to deal with for a long time. It is not a major problem but affects the aesthetics of the candle. There are different ways that have proved effective in avoiding frosting on soy candles and I am sure you would want to know too.
What is Frosting on Soy Candles
It is called frosting if your soy candles appear to have white patches on the top after cooling. And it can be really annoying. Even though it has no effect on the performance of the candle whatsoever, it affects the beauty of the candle especially if it has been coloured. Many people have noticed frosting on their soy candles and wonder what they must have been doing wrong. Some have made many soy candles, following the instructions to the letter but just cannot seem to get past frosting.
What Causes Frosting on Soy Candles
If you belong in that category, note first that frosting does not only affect soy wax. It, in fact, appears on all types of vegetable wax and is a sign that the wax is 100% natural. So you see that frosting can actually serve a good purpose. Natural soy wax has greater tendency to frost. So should we now refuse to use 100% natural wax just to avoid frosting? No. There are other solutions apart from that.
Besides, frosting is more noticeable in coloured candles. Natural soy wax is creamy white. So, white patches of frosting would not be so obvious. So a fast measure is to avoid colouring your candles. But what is the fun in candles if you cannot colour them? There must surely be better ways to avoid soy candle frosting.
How to Fix Frosting on Soy Candles
Do the following on your next soy candle project if you want to reduce the chances of frosting on soy candles.
1. Preheat your glass jar before you pour the wax. You can place it in an oven for 2 to 3 minutes to get it a little hot. But the temperature should not more than 100°F. Many who have tried this method have testified to its efficacy.
2. Try pouring the wax at a lower temperature in the jar. Note the temperature at which you currently pour your wax and reduce it by 10 to 20°F. This may take a few tries but you would find the best temperature to avoid frosting.
3. Let your soy wax candles cool at room temperature. The temperature of the room should just be about 70°F. If the room is too cold, there would be a higher tendency of frosting. Frosting tends to be an issue more in winter because of the temperature. Regulate your room temperatures with appropriate equipment depending on season.
4. Air bubbles too can cause frosting. To avoid air bubbles, keep things a little slow. Stir the wax gently while it is melting. And pour it in the container slowly too.
5. I have mentioned that not colouring your candles would make frosting not obvious. But note that in colouring your candles too, some candle dyes have a higher tendency to frost more than the others. It may take some trials to notice it. Use a little dye for your candles and do away with ones that cause frosting.
6. Adding a little coconut oil to the wax is an effective way too. Coconut oil as an additive is also natural so you do not need to worry.
Finally, soy wax is known to get worse if not used for a long time (about a year) after manufacturing. So, above all, do not use old soy waxes if they have not been preserved properly. There is higher risk of frosting with old soy waxes.