The main benefit of adding coconut oil to soy wax is that it can increase the scent throw of your candles. Coconut oil has a high melting point which helps to release the fragrance oils into the air more effectively. It can also help to improve the longevity of your candles as it prevents the fragrance oils from evaporating too quickly.
Pros & cons of adding coconut oil to soy wax?
However, there are also some drawbacks to adding coconut oil to soy wax. One of the main drawbacks is that it can make your candles more difficult to clean up. When burned, coconut oil leaves behind a greasy residue that can be hard to remove from surfaces. It can also cause your wicks to clog up more quickly, which can shorten the burn time of your candles.
On a hot day too much coconut wax in your candles could cause them to sweat and become too soft to hold their shape properly, especially during the warmer months.
So, is it a good idea to add coconut oil to soy wax? It really depends on what you are looking for in your candles. If you are looking for increased scent throw and longevity, then adding coconut oil to soy wax can be a great option. However, with anything candle-related it's best to do your own testing, working out if it's beneficial or not.
Coconut oil is an amazing product with a multitude of benefits, it’s also inexpensive and easy to find. You can add coconut oil to soy wax in any ratio but typically people use between five and 20%. The lower the percentage the less impact it will have on your candles but it's always best to start with less and build your way up.
Is coconut oil useful for beeswax candles?
When making beeswax candles I often add an amount of coconut oil to them, I find it gives them a lovely finish and the scent seems to ‘carry’ better. I also think they seem to last slightly longer too but that could just be my imagination! It also stops the beeswax setting really hard as beeswax in its nature is a very hard wax - beeswax candles can be quite hard to wick but adding a little bit of coconut oil has helped my beeswax candles to no end.
Is coconut wax a better option?
Coconut wax soy blends maybe a better option for you if you’re looking for the benefits of both waxes without any of the drawbacks. Coconut wax soy blends are created by combining coconut wax with soy wax, this gives you a candle that has a good scent throw and longevity but is also easy to clean up and won’t clog your wicks.
The scent throw from coconut wax soy blends is not as strong as pure coconut wax but it's still a significant improvement from soy wax alone. Coconut wax soy blends also have a lower melting point than pure coconut wax, which means they are less likely to sweat on hot days.