WHAT IS CANDLE SWEATING?
Candle Sweating is probably exactly what you think it is. It is when there are little beads of oily residue, “sweat”, on the surface of the candle. Occasionally, in a container candle, there can even be a downright puddle! Candle sweating is caused by a combination of things and 100% soy candles are notorious for sweating. Soy wax can release excess oil during temperature changes, and this can be strictly from the wax itself. And speaking of temperature changes, with 100% soy, the lower melt point of the wax will cause excess fragrance oil to be released when the candles get too warm or are placed under lights (retail environments, trade shows, the sun in your booth at the farmer’s market, etc.) And finally, if too much fragrance oil is used in any candle formula, no matter the type of wax, it can “sweat” out of the candle particularly when exposed to warm temperatures.
The important thing to note is that sweating will not affect the quality or performance of your candle. However, let’s be honest, it isn’t attractive, and it’s a bit tricky to explain to a customer. Just Google “Candle Sweating” and you’ll find dozens of candle makers and candle brands trying to explain why their candles sweat, how it doesn’t affect performance, and how “you just need to dab the oil off the top of your candle with a tissue or paper towel”. I don’t know, maybe it’s me, but wouldn’t it be nicer to just make a candle that doesn’t sweat? I know soy is wildly popular and a lot of you want to stick with 100% soy and by all means do that if that is what your customers are demanding. We suggest trying one of our LAB&CO luxury blend waxes Virgin Coconut Creme or Coco Apricot Creme as these are formulated to not sweat and have excellent fragrance throw. There are also some fantastic soy blends available as well as other vegetable blends that perform fantastically and don’t have the issues that 100% soy can have. Adding a bit of highly refined food grade paraffin to your blend might be an option as well. Also, be sure to add your fragrance at the recommended mix temperature, along with the recommended fragrance load for your wax blend. And as always, store your candles in a cool, dry environment.
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