Soy candle frosting is one thing that many new soy candle makers struggle with. What is it? Candle frosting is those whitish crystals that you see on the tops or sides of soy candle once it has cooled. It is very similar to how chocolate gets when it has been sitting for too long. This is part of 100% soy wax and is part of it’s character so it is very normal. I am usually able to minimize or eliminate the frosting though. Soy candles, even if they started out with no frosting, can frost if they’ve been sitting for awhile too, but it does not affect the way they burn. In fact once you light the candle and it melts the top, once it cools again, the frosting usually disappears.
How can I minimize or eliminate frosting?
Don’t pour your soy wax at too high a temp. This will almost always cause frosting on the candles. Pour your wax at 95-110 degrees for the best results.
Room temperature also makes a difference. When my house is cold in the winter, I always fight the candle frosting more than in the Summer time.
Those are the most likely causes of soy candle frosting. Also, some colors will frost eventually if they’ve been sitting for awhile and with 100% soy wax, there just isn’t much you can do about that. Just let your customers know what to expect with their soy candles and it shouldn’t be a problem.
So what do you do if you already have frosting on your candles? It’s pretty simple, you can just take a blow dryer to the tops of them and the sides if need be.
You might also consider trying other soy waxes. There are soy wax blends that use a vegetable oil additive in order to eliminate the frosting. I didn’t have much luck with the soy wax blend that I tried one time which was the Millenium Soy Blend from Enchanted Lites so I just went back to using the pure soy container wax. But just because it didn’t work well for me, doesn’t mean it won’t for you. You just have to test different waxes to see what works best in your climate, elevation, etc….
I certainly hope this will help you in your soy candle making ventures. I know it took me awhile to get the hang of getting nice smooth tops in my candles and it was very frustrating until I finally found out what to do about it. So don’t give up and keep trying for those beautifully smooth candle tops!
I hope this article was helpful for you! If you’d like to learn more about making homemade soy candles, then you can go to learnhowtomakesoycandles.com to find more tips and tricks of soy candle making successfully!