Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing a wick is an important decision for better candlemaking and will always be specific to your unique formulation. Here are some very general guidelines for what wicks you might use for each of our waxes:
Midwest Container Wax:
Our Midwest Container Wax should be considered a soy wax BASE. You can make a great candle with it, though the aesthetics of your candle creations will typically suffer unless you add some stabilizing components. Many will add beeswax, palm, or paraffin to smooth the tops and increase sidewall adhesion. Midwest Container Wax is, at its very core, a straight soy wax with no additives and a melting point of about 124°F. We recommend STABILO series (sometimes called CD series), or Premier Series wicks from WickIt. For standard 3-4 inch diameter jars, you might consider a STABILO 14 and work up or down from there. In the Premier Series, start with 777 as your base wick. Be sure to test candles containing each of your fragrances.
FREEDOM SOY Wax, FREEDOM COCONUT Wax, and Pro-Flex:
As fully-formulated waxes, FREEDOM and Pro-Flex waxes shouldn’t require any additives, though your fragrances will have an impact on how your wick burns. Heavy, earthy fragrances will need a little more wick than lighter citrus fragrances with stronger top-notes. We recommend STABILO Series wicks or Premier wicks. Because of the lower melting point of these waxes, you might start with a STABIO 10 in a 3–4-inch jar and work up or down from there. Start with a 765 in the Premier wicks.
Millennium Wax is our most stable container soy wax formulation. It is fully formulated with a melt point in the 130° F range. It holds color better than any of our other waxes, though it’s important to note that darker colors may require you to wick up. Again, we recommend the STABILO and Premier Series wicks. Even with the higher melt temperatures, it has been formulated to burn more aggressively than most natural waxes with this melt point. Consider starting with a STABILO 14 or a Premier 777 and work your way up or down from there.
Choosing the right wax bead for your candle creations is important for better candle making. While all our waxes are microwavable, here are some details on the waxes that we offer and why you might choose each one. All of our waxes offer a clean burn, uniform melting and consistent results.
FREEDOM SOY WAX is a fully-formulated all-natural soy wax that was created for easy candle creation right from the start. It’s meant to simply melt your wax in a melter or microwave, add your fragrance and color, then pour into a jar for an exquisite candle every time.
Why use FREEDOM SOY WAX?
It’s the quickest, easiest way to produce soy candles. Melt, fragrance, and pour your way to a better candle every time. Most candles 16oz. or less will finish in a single pour with smooth tops and excellent sidewall adhesion provided your candles are poured above 135°F. Cool slowly for even smoother tops.
FREEDOM SOY WAX is great for those new to candlemaking.
FREEDOM SOY WAX is built from a low-melt soy wax that improves adhesion and reduces frosting in candles. It will generally melt in the 115°F range. The low-melt properties make it a great wax for northern climates or winter pours, though the lower melting temperatures can sometimes cold-flow (melt in shipping) when shipped in summer months.
FREEDOM COCONUT WAX is a perfect blend of soy wax and coconut wax to surround you with the aura of coconut.
Why use FREEDOM COCONUT WAX?
This blend offers improved fragrance throw (especially tricker fragrances like vanilla) and sidewall adhesion. It performs the same as FREEDOM SOY WAX, so the processes, temperatures and tips for candlemaking are identical.
FREEDOM COCONUT WAX is great for experienced candlemakers who have already nailed down their candlemaking process with FREEDOM SOY WAX and want to take their candlemaking to the next level.
PRO-FLEX WAX combines American Soy Organics’ signature all-natural FREEDOM SOY Wax with a touch of synthetic emulsifiers.
Why use Pro-Flex?
This new wax blend makes it easier than ever to create cleaner-burning candles with quicker production times and optimal fragrance throw. The synthetic emulsifiers in Pro-Flex also give the wax a more even consistency in the cooling process. This enhanced consistency makes Pro-Flex a smart choice for producing perfect candles every time, for all levels of skill
You can simply heat, pour, and go, whether you’re making candles at your kitchen table or on a production line.
MILLENNIUM WAX is a fully-formulated all-natural soy wax with a melting temperature of approximately 130°F. Even with its higher melting point, it will give a warm, aggressive burn with tremendous fragrance throw throughout your home when burning.
Why use MILLENNIUM WAX?
For those who need a consistent soy wax solution, MILLENNIUM WAX is an excellent choice. Its color retention is excellent, its burn rate and fragrance-throw are incredibly good for a wax with this high a melting point. This wax generally doesn’t frost and will enhance quality glassware as it pulls away from the sidewall of the container.
Candle makers with more experience choose MILLENNIUM WAX.
While this wax is a favorite of many, it generally takes a little longer to learn how to use it. We recommend heating your wax above 150°F, then blending in your fragrance and color. Cool to 115°F or less before pouring for a perfect single-pour candle. This requires patience but will leave you with positively exquisite soy candles.
MIDWEST CONTAINER WAX is a soy wax that includes NO additives. Soy wax typically needs a “stabilizer” to give it smoother tops and better sidewall adhesion. Because of this, we consider it more of a base candle wax for experienced candle makers who intend to blend their wax with beeswax, palm wax, coconut wax, or paraffin.
Why use MIDWEST CONTAINER WAX?
For those who want full control of their specific wax blend, this wax acts as a very stable base for your creation. This wax will hold a fragrance load of up to 15% in its raw form, making it one of the best candle bases available. Readily available and compatible with most other waxes, including paraffin and beeswax, your custom wax formulation is easy to create with this wax.
MIDWEST CONTAINER WAX is for experienced candlemakers.
Some have difficulty with this wax because they are trying to use it as a fully-formulated wax. While it’s a great base, it isn’t built to make a great candle by itself. If you’re a beginner and want a simple, high-quality wax, we recommend starting with FREEDOM WAX, and moving to MIDWEST CONTAINER as you get your formulas dialed in when creating your unique branded products.
To get a smooth top every time, which is the goal for better candlemaking, we suggest using our FREEDOM SOY WAX or FREEDOM COCONUT WAX. Be sure to pour about 135°F and let it cool slowly. This is the easiest way to get smooth tops.
Other options to consider are our Millennium Wax and pour below 115°F, or our Container Soy Wax. Mix with 5% beeswax, and top off your candles 1-3 hours after pouring them.
American Soy Organics FREEDOM and MILLENIUM waxes are all-natural waxes.
Our Pro-Flex line contains synthetic emulsifiers to speed the candle making process for those who want ultra-consistent results with quicker production times.
Bees, silly! Seriously, our beeswax is sourced from beekeepers right here in the USA and Canada.
Our FREEDOM waxes start with a base of soybean wax from the rich soils of America’s Heartland. Each product utilizes different emulsifiers. Our FREEDOM WAX emulsifiers are all-natural, while our Pro-Flex wax contains natural and synthetic emulsifiers.
Our waxes are technically free of GMOs, though they don’t come from GMO-free soybeans. Soy wax comes from the hull of the soybean which doesn’t contain any GMOs. GMOs live in the protein, not the hull. Our waxes are organic under the old meaning of “natural” or “from nature,” though they are not considered certified organic, which would require more documentation than is available for a candle wax.
You can always purchase American Soy Organics beads online at soybeads.com or one of our other distributors listed on Our Products page.
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