Soy wax is on the rise as far as popularity goes for candle making. For years and still today, the most widely used wax is Paraffin, which is extremely versatile. Almost all of the candles you buy in normal stores are made from this wax. It comes in many different melt points, can be used for many different applications, but there are some reasons that it is starting to lose its popularity, especially with homemade candle-makers.
For people in the candle-making community, soy wax is much preferred. This is due in large part to Paraffin wax being a by-product of the crude oil refinement process, so many natural and granola-type people are shying away from it, going for the soy wax instead. The reason for this is that the Paraffin can give off carcinogens that you don't want to be breathing in and are equally bad for the environment as they are for our bodies.
Soy wax has only been around since the early 1990s when it was developed as a natural alternative to Paraffin. Before that, the only other common natural wax out there was beeswax. The problem with beeswax is that it is much more expensive, so soy wax gave makers the best of both world; natural and relatively cheap.
As you can tell from our products page, all of our candles made here at Chicago Candle Factory are homemade soy wax candles. Below I'll get into the details of why soy wax is starting to become one of the favorite mediums to use by candle makers, whether it's shops like ours or just people doing them at home for fun. I'll also give you what you should expect to pay for soy wax if you are planning on making candles yourself, and other great tips for anything you need soy candle-making related.
As I briefly touched on in the intro, the biggest reason people choose soy wax is due to it being all-natural. Many soy waxes are made from 100% soybean oil, which is where they get their name. Others are blended with other vegetable oils or other waxes. Technically, they only have to be 51% soybean to be considered soy wax, but most are much greater. If you are concerned with the amount and you want to make sure you are getting 100%, you can always check the label or contact the manufacturer.
Besides just being great for the environment, the natural feature also gives them a much stronger, beautiful, and natural aroma. Many non-soy candles you buy at stores include a lot of chemicals added to make them smell good. Someone with a trained nose can easily tell the difference between these two waxes.
Obviously, a big knock on soy wax is that they are more expensive than Paraffin. However, they could easily be considered more cost-effective in the long run, as many times they last twice as long as a regular candle. They burn cleaner, slower, and evenly, so they won't leave any excess wax on the side that will just go to waste.
Since they burn slower, you may expect that the scent from the soy wax won't be nearly as strong. However, the exact opposite is true. As they are natural and uniform throughout, soy candles actually put out much stronger aromas than their counterparts. As you can see, if you want a long-lasting, quality, and natural candle, the best bet for your money is to use soy wax.
So, now to the main point of the article, and the main point in most businesses. Money. Like most anything, the price of soy wax will greatly depend on where you buy it from and in what quantity. I'll use a great place to buy this in smaller quantites or wholesale, depending on what goals you have. This will set a good benchmark for what you should be paying.
Types of Soy Wax Offered
The most options and variety are offered by a site titled Candle Science. Their motto on reads "America's #1 Natural Soy Wax Provider", and they back this claim up with the amount you can purchase and the variety they have. They have 464, 444, and 415 grades just to name a few that are most common for candle containers. There are several others of varieties available on their site.
A lot of options to choose from, right? If you are confused by these grades, don't be because they are actually quite simple to understand. The differences have to do with the amount of soy wax in each. There are a certain amount of different additives in each, which I won't describe in detail. Most of the additives are beeswax or other common waxes, besides Paffarin. Here's a brief rundown of each variety offered.
Now keep in mind that these are not the only combinations of soy wax. These are only the ones commonly used for contained candles. There are much more available, and those are used in pillars, votives, and tarts. Since we are a candle company, I only focused on the container candles, but just know there are still a lot more options out there.
There are so many out there, but I wanted to simplify the process for you. It may get confusing trying to sort through dozens of different grades, not sure which one to pick. If you stick with these three basic ones, that is all you will need for making great candles.
I won't list all of the pricing options for each, as the price per each size differs a bit. The price for the different grades is all around the same price, as wholesale will get you around $1 per pound and smaller orders around a $1.50 per pound. If you want the exact numbers, check out their page here.
The sizes available for each type of wax are the same as well. Sizes offered are a 10 lb Bag and a 50 lb Case, and then when you get into wholesale pricing you have, 5-35 Cases, 36-144 Cases, and even 144 or more cases. To do the quick math for you, 144 cases is 7,200 pounds of wax! I think that this site will definitely be able to fill any candlemakers need and with great prices.
Although I only named one site where you can get soy wax, there is probably several dozens out there with comparable prices. All you have to do is a quick Google search and find a site. I just wanted to provide you with this popular site to give you a rough idea of what you should be paying. If you are buying soy wax wholesale and are paying much more than $1 a pound, definitely look for a different retailer. That being said, make sure you are on the lookout for cheaper deals, as they may exist from less-known companies.
You should have a good idea about how much wax will cost you per pound. But what exactly does that mean in relation to candles? Put another way, how many pounds of soy wax can you expect to use for a single candle, so you can estimate how much product you will need to purchase.
It 100% depends on the size of the container you will be using for the candles. This may seem obvious, but then some people may ask what size to use. I believe a good size to start out with would be 8-12 oz, which would be 1/2 a pound to 3/4 a pound. That's about the size we use when making our beer bottles soy candles, and they last at least for 40 hours. Therefore by doing the math, whether you order wholesale or not, the amount of soy wax need to be purchased to make one candle is around $0.50. Sure there are other prices that go along with the candle as well, but it is still a great bargain. It is so much cheaper than you would pay for a much less quality Paraffin candle in a store.
Soy wax's popularity among candle-makers and shoppers alike is only growing. They are much higher quality as the burn more evenly and efficient, for longer, and smell stronger and much more natural. Beside the quality, it is a nice addition that they are much better for the environment and for your lungs as well. They also give a much more personal touch to them as most are handcrafted by an artist. You aren't just buying a candle that was mass produced in a factory, you are truly buying a piece of art.
You may not find them in major department stores as most of those are Paraffin, but head to a local candle shop or market near you. I know they may cost a little bit more, but you will thank yourself later as the quality is so noticeably different.
If reading this list makes you want to start making your own soy candles, make sure to read our list on Candle making supplies. There you will find everything you need to get started.
If you have any other questions regarding soy wax or manufacturing soy candles, leave a comment below. If you have any other questions regarding our store, don't hesitate to contact us.
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