Oh, Soy! I think I'm In Love
I love working with soy, but like any personal relationship, there are things that I just would like for soy to change. I've loved soy for a long time, but despite my love, I just can't get it to cooperate with me all the time.
I know it may sound strange, but let me explain. You see, I started out making 100% soy candles. The candles held a wonderful scent, and they looked great when they were first made. The problem I had with those soy candles was that they developed a whitish, frosty look on their tops. This is best known as frost. (Who would have guessed that?) It was much more noticeable on colored soy candles than on uncolored, but it was visible on all of them as they sat on the shelf. Since they were jarred, it wasn't as bad because I could always tell customers that the candles discolored because of its natural properties, right? Some folks just don't care about that stuff.
When I changed how I designed my candles, and directed my work more into the niche of dessert candles, soy was even more inferior. That pain, soy wax, was too soft to give me the quality I needed, and the frost was even worse on those little breads and cookies. The longer they sat on the shelf, the more hideous they looked. So you can see that soy and I have, a sort of, love hate relationship, but let me tell you why I love soy so much.
Soy is a natural resource. It burns with less soot, and it burns up to 3 hours longer than the same amount of paraffin wax. That's quite lovely within itself! Then, there's the factor that it's easy to clean up when it spills, it can oftentimes throw a better scent (my opinion), and you can feel good about what you're burning. It's total love.
However, soy and I needed counseling, a mediator to help us get through our deep rooted issues. So, we consulted paraffin. Paraffin is the most widely used wax for candle making, and because of its experience, I though it would be a good mediator to help us with our problems. No, paraffin isn't perfect, but I really only wanted to have paraffin help to improve my relationship with soy, that's all! It's what mediators do right? Well, so far, it's worked.
Soy and I are so much better since we brought in a third party. I've been able to work with soy in ways I was never able to before, and I've improved on the scent throw in ways I didn't think was possible. Now when I make candles, I do it knowing the limitations of soy, and I work within those limitations. I accept soy for what it is. I don't try to make it something that it can never be. The result has been a match made in heaven!