New Ecosoya Quantum Technology Wax

If you don’t already know, back in 2016, Nature’s Gifts International (NGI) decided to reformulate all their Ecosoya waxes to make them compliant under the new 2018 FDA regulations regarding partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). There have been a lot of questions about these new waxes and what they will be like, so we decided to do extensive testing to see how these waxes perform so our customers would know what to expect.

Before we get into the details, we wanted to answer some of the more frequent questions that customers have been asking us:

Question: “How many different waxes will there be?”

Answer: We will have 3 new Ecosoya waxes with their new Quantum Technology. These waxes are called Q210, Q220, and Q230 and all have multi-purpose uses which we will explain later.

Question: “Are the waxes going to be the same as before?”

Answer: All the waxes will be very different from the previous Ecosoya waxes, but do have some similarities. For example, these waxes will all have a resistance to frosting like the CB-Xcel and CB-Advanced. There are also a couple of waxes that can be used for both tarts and pillars like the Pillar Blend, and there is a wax that is skin safe similar to the CB-135.

Question: “Are the cost of the waxes going to go up?”

Answer: Yes. These new waxes are meant to be an improvement on the previous formulas and they are all made using their new Quantum Technology. Due to these improvements, costs will go up some.

 

Now that we have answered some of the more general questions, let’s break it down and talk about each of these waxes individually so you will know what you might expect when using them.


Ecosoya Q210

Recommended Applications: container candles, tarts and massage candles (dermatology tested).

Melting Point: 115°F

Suggested Pouring Temperature: NGI recommends pouring between 145°F-175°F.

Fragrance Load: Maximum of 18% (2.88oz of fragrance per 16oz of wax).

Comparable to CB-135 in regards to melting point and ability to be safe for skin. Also comparable to CB-Advanced and CB-Xcel in regards to melting point and resistance to frosting.

Ecosoya Q220

Recommended Applications: container candles, tarts, and pillars.

Melting point: 117°F

Suggested Pouring Temperature: NGI recommends pouring between 145°F-175°F.

Fragrance Load: Maximum of 18% (2.88oz of fragrance per 16oz of wax).

Comparable to CB-Advanced and CB-Xcel in regards to melting point and resistance to frosting.

Ecosoya Q230

Recommended Applications: container candles, tarts, votive candles, and pillars.

Melting point: 120°F

Suggested Pouring Temperature: NGI recommends pouring between 145°F-175°F.

Fragrance Load: Maximum of 18% (2.88oz of fragrance per 16oz of wax).

Comparable to Pillar Blend in regards to melting point and ability to make pillars and tarts.

 

Our Testing Process:

All the waxes were tested twice with two different fragrances. The first round we used our Endless Weekend (type) fragrance. This scent was chosen because it is considered a middle ground fragrance in both scent throw and density. The second round we tested with the fragrance oils that were sent to us with the samples of the new waxes. We also tested the waxes at two different fragrance loads, 10% which is the average amount the previous Ecosoya waxes could hold, and 18% which is the recommended maximum load. For the first round, we added the fragrance to all the waxes at 180°F-185°F and stirred for approximately 2-3 minutes. For the second round, we slightly raised the temperature to about 190°F-195°F before adding the fragrance oil and stirring for about 2-3 minutes.

Results:

Round 1 Round 2
Q210 at a 10% Fragrance Load Q210 at a 10% Fragrance Load
Applications Tested: container candles and tarts Applications Tested: container candles and tarts
Pouring Temperature: 155°F Pouring Temperature: 155°F
Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish
Texture:
  • Containers: soft with an oily residue
  • Tarts: soft with an oily residue
Texture:
  • Containers: soft and dry
  • Tarts: soft and dry
Cold Throw: average Cold Throw: average
Hot Throw: below average Hot Throw: above average
Q210 at an 18% Fragrance Load Q210 at an 18% Fragrance Load
Applications Tested: container candles and tarts Applications Tested: container candles and tarts
Pouring Temperature: 155°F Pouring Temperature: 155°F
Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish
Texture:
  • Containers: soft with an oily residue
  • Tarts: soft with an oily residue
Texture:
  • Containers: soft and dry
  • Tarts: soft with an oily residue
Cold Throw: average Cold Throw: average
Hot Throw: below average Hot Throw: above average

 

Round 1 Round 2
Q220 at a 10% Fragrance Load Q220 at a 10% Fragrance Load
Applications Tested: container candles, tarts, and pillars Applications Tested: container candles, tarts, and pillars
Pouring Temperature:
  • Containers: 160°F
  • Tarts: 150°F
  • Pillars: 175°F
Pouring Temperature:
  • Containers: 160°F
  • Tarts: 150°F
  • Pillars: 175°F
Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish
Texture:
  • Containers: soft with an oily residue
  • Tarts: soft with an oily residue
  • Pillars: soft with an oily residue
Texture:
  • Containers: soft and dry
  • Tarts: soft and dry
  • Pillars: soft with an oily residue
Cold Throw: average Cold Throw: average
Hot Throw: below average Hot Throw: below average
Q220 at an 18% Fragrance Load Q220 at an 18% Fragrance Load
Applications Tested: container candles, tarts, and pillars Applications Tested: container candles, tarts and pillars
Pouring Temperature:
  • Containers: 160°F
  • Tarts: 150°F
  • Pillars: 175°F
Pouring Temperature:
  • Containers: 160°F
  • Tarts: 150°F
  • Pillars: 175°F
Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish
Texture:
  • Containers: soft with an oily residue
  • Tarts: soft with an oily residue
  • Pillars: soft with an oily residue
Texture:
  • Containers: soft and dry
  • Tarts: soft and dry
  • Pillars: soft with an oily residue
Cold Throw: average Cold Throw: average
Hot Throw: below average Hot Throw: above average

 

Round 1 Round 2
Q230 at a 10% Fragrance Load Q230 at a 10% Fragrance Load
Applications Tested: container candles, tarts, votives, and pillars Applications Tested: container candles, tarts, votives and pillars
Pouring Temperature:
  • Containers: 160°F
  • Tarts: 150°F
  • Votives & Pillars: 175°F
Pouring Temperature:
  • Containers: 160°F
  • Tarts: 150°F
  • Votives & Pillars: 175°F
Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish
Texture:
  • Containers: soft with an oily residue
  • Tarts: soft with an oily residue
  • Pillars: soft with an oily residue
Texture:
  • Containers: soft and dry
  • Tarts: soft and dry
  • Votives & Pillars: soft with an oily residue
Cold Throw: average Cold Throw: average
Hot Throw: below average Hot Throw:average
Q230 at an 18% Fragrance Load Q230 at an 18% Fragrance Load
Applications Tested: container candles, tarts, and pillars Applications Tested: container candles, tarts and pillars
Pouring Temperature:
  • Containers: 160°F
  • Tarts: 150°F
  • Votives & Pillars: 175°F
Pouring Temperature:
  • Containers: 160°F
  • Tarts: 150°F
  • Votives & Pillars: 175°F
Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish Appearance: smooth with a shiny finish
Texture:
  • Containers: soft with an oily residue
  • Tarts: soft with an oily residue
  • Votives & Pillars: soft with an oily residue
Texture:
  • Containers: soft and dry
  • Tarts: soft and dry
  • Votives & Pillars: soft with an oily residue
Cold Throw: average Cold Throw: average
Hot Throw: below average Hot Throw: above average

 

Final Recommendations

As you can see from the tests above, it appears that the fragrance oil used in the first round of testing created an oily residue in just about every application. We contacted NGI after this initial testing to see if they had some recommendations and they said that it may have been that we chose a fragrance that was incompatible with the new formulas. In round 2, we used the fragrance that NGI sent to us and slightly raised the temperature of the wax to 190°F-195°F before adding the fragrance. We recommend that you do extensive testing with all your fragrances when using these waxes to make sure that they are compatible. You may also need to raise the temperature of the wax to help the fragrance bind to it.

It seemed that no matter what fragrance we used, all the pillars and votives we made ended up with an oily residue when removed from the molds. This oil did dry out after about 2 weeks of sitting on a shelf but the wax remained soft. For example, we could take the back of our fingernail and run it gently over the side of the candle and create a scratch. That being said, the wax is still pretty firm and did slide out of the molds after putting them into the freezer for a few minutes. We recommend that when making pillars or votives, you let the candles cure for 1-2 weeks and then package them in a way that will protect the wax from any scratches or dents that could potentially damage the candles.

We also recommend noting your burn times when doing your test burns. We noticed that the candles that contained 18% fragrance seemed to burn quite a bit faster than the ones that contained only 10% fragrance. This is probably because the fragrance is working as an accelerant making the candles burn down much faster.

In regards to scent throw, everyone tends to have their own opinions and expectations. It does however seem that with any soy wax, heavier or stronger fragrances tend to throw better than softer fragrances. We recommend that you test all of your fragrances with these waxes before you mass produce anything. There are many different variables that go into candle making and it is always a good idea to test everything together to make sure that your candles look the way you want them to, burn properly, and put out the scent throw you desire.