- Mar 14, 2018
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I just melt it in the microwave and transfer it to a cool container.
Soy wax melts really quickly at quite a low temperature, Ive always melted mine either in a double boiler or directly over a low heat - if you melt in a microwave do it in short burst so you dont scorch it.
We stopped using soy a while back as it was so unpredictable - once they discontinued CB135 the replacements didnt throw as well so we created our own soy and coconut blend.
I found though that in general when it gets too hot it doesnt burn once its a candle and repeated melts at a high temperature does affect the overall performance - I know in the past I tried melting in the microwave but it made for hot spots scorched edges.
I don’t find it accelerates trace, and I use it in every batch with micas and colourants. You’ve seen all my patterns and things I do.
Have you read my Soy wax users thread? It could be worth contributing on there once you’ve had a go at it.
The only thing is that I think you need to soap at a minimum of 100f so it doesn’t want to start setting up as you are pouring.
[QUOTE="Chris_S, post: 752204, member: 28374"Im struggling to find anything about cosmetic soy wax to buy in the uk. If anyone knows a site that sells such a thing without mad postage costs to bump up the prices please do enlighten me thanks
I was at Livemoor, but did not find the Golden Wax 415 (which I did not find anywhere else either), so I went out again. I did go there now, just to check their shipping prices. And it is not bad at all, definately not. 8,95 for one kilo. For 2 kilo, it is 18,99, which is a little pricey, actually so much that I can't order more than something under 2 kilo, otherwise I will go over our limit and have to pay customs and extra VAT. But they for sure have a lot to offer in their shop!
I did buy soy wax from Mother Nature Goodies, plus rapeseed wax, just out of curiosity, so right now I don't need more soy wax. I bought the NatureWax C3. But, if it is difficult to work with, I would love a little piece of your Livesoy or Kerax. But I can test out the C3 first, maybe it is just fine. Anyway, thank you so much for the offer!
I have never made candles, but I have 5 kilo of some wax I don't really know what is, other than it is called Palmac 50-18 and contains approximately 50/50 of stearic and palmitic acid. It was sold as "stearin for blend", and doesn't really work well at all in soap unless perhaps in very small quantities. I have tried it 20% of the recipe, and it was instant seize. I thought I could make some candles with it, just to get rid of it, but it says it must be blended with something and used maximum at 50%. The recommended was 5-10% or something, I can't remember. So I guess I have to make wax melts instead, or find something to blend it with. Oh no, of course! I can make hot process shaving soap! Yes, I will try that.
I could offer to send to you for use in candles, but the shipping for up to 2 kilo is 13,50 pounds, around 10 pounds for up to 1 kilo, so cheaper to buy from the UK than to get something free shipped from this expensive country.
cocoa, kokum, mango, and illipe are nut butters that are great substitutes for palm oil. kokum in the us is a bit cheaper than cocoa if you buy it from the right supplier. another ingredient you could use would be fully hydrogenated soy or castor oils. these are essentially pure stearic acid and great to balance out the recipe. Plus they are super cheap. other hardening agents i can think of are beesewax (previously mentioned) and sodium lactate.
Unfortunately, all the vegan/palm free hardening oils/butters are expensive. the good thing though is that they all demand a premium if you sell the bar commercially.
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