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Are your beans organic or Non-GMO?
<p>We would like to use soybeans that are strictly organic or non-GMO but due to supply issues we can't guarantee it. We do guarantee that our waxes themselves do not contain any pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified material. During manufacturing, the waxes are cleaned of any of these items if present, resulting in a very clean and green product.</p> <!-- Start of Async HubSpot Analytics Code --> <script type="text/javascript"> (function(d,s,i,r) { if (d.getElementById(i)){return;} var n=d.createElement(s),e=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; n.id=i;n.src='//js.hs-analytics.net/analytics/'+(Math.ceil(new Date()/r)*r)+'/319696.js'; e.parentNode.insertBefore(n, e); })(document,"script","hs-analytics",300000); </script> <!-- End of Async HubSpot Analytics Code -->

How much fragrance should I use?
For container, candles we recommend using about 5% and for molded candles about 3%, with a maximum of around 12% for both, although people have used more.

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Container Candles

How far apart should my containers be while the candles cool?
Space your containers about one half inch apart so that air may flow between them. Containers too close together can cause slow uneven cooling, resulting in a poor candle surface quality and frosting.

Should I wash my containers prior to creating candles?
Washing or dry wiping is unnecessary and not recommended unless your container is dirty.

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Fragrance / Scent

Can fragrance affect the outcome of a candle?
<p>Most scents work well with EcoSoya&reg;. However some scents can have a dramatic effect on your final candle. They can cause frosting - a lumpy surface, poor adhesion, small diameter burn pools and even poor burn (combustion) quality including mushrooming or sooting. If you are experiencing problems with your candle make sure the scent is compatible with the EcoSoya&reg; you are using. Learn more on isolating problems: <a href="./products/usingecosoya/cbinstructions.html#cb_trouble">CB wax</a> and <a href="./products/usingecosoya/pbinstructions.html#pb_trouble">PB wax</a>.</p>

How much fragrance should I use?
For container, candles we recommend using about 5% and for molded candles about 3%, with a maximum of around 12% for both, although people have used more.

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Making Candles with EcoSoya

Can I mix different EcoSoya® soy waxes?
<p>Yes, all EcoSoya&reg; waxes are compatible with each other. Some of our customers do blend different EcoSoya&reg; waxes to get a special combination for their needs.</p>

How can I improve candle adhesion to glass containers?
<p>Be sure your containers are clean and wicks centered. Try a different fragrance and dye. Pour, cooling and storage temperatures are very important. Try altering the pour temperature either up or down by 10 to 30 degrees. Slowing the cooling rate may also help. Cool storage will cause the candle to pull away from the container, store at temperatures of about 70&deg;F. Visit Isolating <a href="./products/usingecosoya/cbinstructions.html#cb_trouble">CB Problems</a> or Isolating <a href="./products/usingecosoya/pbinstructions.html#pb_trouble">PB Problems</a> to learn more.</p>

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Melting / Pouring

Can EcoSoya® soy wax be remelted after being poured?
<p>Yes, remelting and reusing EcoSoya&reg; has no ill effects as long as normal melting directions are followed.</p>

Is it possible to overheat or burn EcoSoya® soy wax?
<p>Yes, going over 200&ordm;F for an extended period of time may cause poor burn quality and the wax to discolor. However, as long as the wax is immediately cooled down there should be no adverse effect.</p>

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Molded Candles

Can very large molded candles (such as a 12 X 12 pillar) be made with EcoSoya® PB?
<p>That is one huge candle! Yes, it can be done. Pour as you normally would for a pillar candle. You may have to do more than two pours due to the size of your candle. Wicking type is the same. Practice with smaller candles and find a wick that you like the burn, flame size and quality. Then measure the diameter of the burn pool for that wick. Overlap the burn pool diameters a bit to get even burning when you layout the wick pattern. Leave about a half-inch wall on the candle as it burns down.</p>

Do votives made with EcoSoya® PB require two pours?
<p>Generally no. Sometimes the fragrance, dye and technique combination do cause excess shrinkage resulting in the need for two pours. Make the first pour at 155&deg;F by filling the mold to within 1/8 inch from the top. Allow the candle to cool until it has a congealed center with no liquid. If the top of the candle has &quot;skinned&quot; over, poke two holes into the candle near the wick and pour a second time at 145&deg;F to completely fill the votive mold.</p>

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Nature of EcoSoya

Are your beans organic or Non-GMO?
We would like to use soybeans that are strictly organic or non-GMO but due to supply issues we can't guarantee it. We do guarantee that our waxes themselves do not contain any pesticides, herbicides, or genetically modified material. During manufacturing, the waxes are cleaned of any of these items if present, resulting in a very clean and green product.

Can I use EcoSoya® soy waxes to make soap?
<p>Yes, our waxes are used to produce many soaps. Visit our <a href="./products/specifications.html">Specifications Page</a> for the appropriate saponification number.</p>

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Wicking

What causes "mushrooming" and how do I reduce this?
<p>&quot;Mushrooming&quot; is carbon build-up on the wax when a candle is burnt. The main factors contributing to &quot;mushrooming&quot; are the choice of wick (type and size), the fuel (wax) and what the fuel is made of. EcoSoya&reg; soy waxes burn exceptionally clean. Adding scent and dye to the wax &quot;contaminates&quot; the combustion process of a candle. Scent and color are non-fuel sources that can collect in the wick creating the &quot;mushroom&quot; or carbon ball. Changing the wick, scent and dye combination will correct this problem. We recommend only using NON-cored wicks.</p>

What type of wick should I use?
<p>Non-cored wicks work best. Try wicks such as: HTP, RRD, CD, Eco, flat braid, square braid, hemp, etc. Wick size and type is completely dependant on candle size and type, shape, scent, color and the type of burn characteristics you desire. Learn more about wicking for <a href="./products/usingecosoya/cbxcelinstructions.html#xcelwicking">CB-XceL</a>, <a href="./products/usingecosoya/cbadvancedsoyinstructions.html#advanced">CB-Advanced Soy</a>, <a href="./products/usingecosoya/cb135instructions.html#135wicking">CB-135</a> and <a href="./products/usingecosoya/pbinstructions.html#pbwicking">PB soy wax</a>.</p>

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