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Is there anything that Soy Wax can't do??


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Hi all,

I have just started making candles - votives, containers & tarts using soy wax. I love using soy, obviously it is an eco-friendly wax to use but does it have any limitations as to what all you can use it for??

I would love to experiment with chunk candles etc but was wondering is there going to be anything that I can't do with soy wax?? :undecided

Thank you.

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Bet it won't be translucent like paraffin. But if you push the chunks close to the outer walls they should show up. I read somewhere to put chuncks in refrigerator or freezer so they won't melt. Think that would be good for soy cause it takes longer to set up and you would have to pour hotter.

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I love using soy, obviously it is an eco-friendly wax to use but does it have any limitations as to what all you can use it for??

Well it can barely make a decent container candle. ;) But I coulda sworn I saw geekrunner do some cool chunks with it. And of course it can do nice layers.

A compost pile is eco-friendly. Huge swaths of land sprayed with chemical fertilizers and pesticides, refineries to extract the oil, factories to produce the hydrogenated products, that is known as industry, not ecology.

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ermmm ok, don't think a pile of compost would make very nice candles :P

I know what you are saying though, is anything really eco-friendly these days!! I actually enjoy working with soy wax so think I will stick with it for the time being.

topofmurrayhill, thanks I'll give the chunks a go and see what they look like!!

Thanks everyone

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Mushroom less than paraffin? :) j/k

As was touched upon, you can't use it for anything transparency related. For example, the main reason I ventured into paraffin in the first place was to make those white or pale pillars that glow when you light them. This would be impossible with pillar soy. Following up on the transparency issue, it wouldn't be a good wax to use for hurricane or electric candles. (That's besides it's low melt point even of the pillar blends).

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