- Jan 14, 2021
- Reaction score
Among the slightly early Christmas presents, was a candle, scented with a questionable FO cocktail and some sloppy decoration. I won't show it out of respect to the gifter (totally not because I forgot to snap it).
But that jar!!! Hunter-gatherer genes, y'know
I found a label on the candle that stated it's 100% soy wax. I instantly knew how to “dispose of” the wax . Knowingly I never had contact with soy wax in the narrower sense before, so this was as well a good opportunity to compare this to my experiences with partially hydrogenated canola oil.
The recipe consists 36% of said unknown, scent-laden soy wax, plus canola, CO, castor oils. To pull the P/S ratio a bit away from stearic-heavy (and for the COLOUR), I've also added 12% red palm oil. The candle had been uncoloured, the soy wax was off-white by itself.
I went for a generous 6% lye discount, since I had to guess the FO load of the soy wax. The weight of the FO is included in the soy wax weight, lowering its effective SAP, hence “eating up” some 2–3% of the superfat margin (assuming a FO load around 5–10%).
The candle label claimed that it is orange scented. I have to stretch my imagination quite a lot to recognise anything citrusy in it. I still hope that the fragrance is not CP safe and will fade quickly . I haven't had the heart to at least waste a few drops of litsea cubeba/lemon tea tree EO to push it anywhere near a proper citrus scent.
However, I noticed major deceleration/trace reversal that citrusy scents are infamous for. I had prepared for this, so I initially mixed the soap batter with all ingredients but the soy wax. Both the batter and the soy wax kept warm/molten, I combined them when the batter was at light to medium trace – it more or less instantly turned liquid again, down to a point where I wasn't sure if emulsion would stay stable. It took another hour of keeping warm and occasional stirring until trace eventually came back.
Now that the real cure has begun, I'm really curious how all pans out in the end (hardness/longevity, how much of the scent survives, density and colour of the lather).
I am aware that this whole FO eyeballing is somewhat risky (is it skin-safe at all?). I don't plan to give any of it to others, and even if I'l use it, it won't be with great intensity. And if it's only for the weird odour.