EcoSoya Quantum Wax Testing - Executive Summary

EcoSoya has sent out test samples of their new Quantum wax, we at Crafty Candles Supplies have conducted our own testing to give candle makers insight into how these new waxes behave and provide a head start to your own testing when the waxes arrive.

Testing a range of variables and comparing the properties of the Quantum range against other waxes we have established a few key findings.

  1. All Quantum waxes are 100% soy, free of any other wax blends such as palm wax or paraffin wax
  2. • Quantum can hold up to 17% fragrance oil, this is 5-7% more scent than other waxes enabling greater control of scent throw
  3. • Quantum reacts to cold glassware (similar to other brands), so prepare containers and pour wax in a way that minimizes dipping, cracking and wet spots
  4. • Quantum wax burn pools are slightly smaller than their predecessor brands and therefore larger wicks should be tested

You can download a PDF version of this report here.


Background & Objectives

With the discontinuation of EcoSoya’s long running products Advanced, Pillar Blend, CB-135 and Xcel, candle makers are in need of a comparable alternative of equal or higher quality.

The EcoSoya brands are known for their reliability, stability and excellent qualities for candle making and as a result many are back to the drawing board to test and find the best wax and controls for making high quality candles.

After much anticipation EcoSoya have launched a new brand of waxes that they released to market for testing in September 2017, EcoSoya Quantum.

EcoSoya sent us test samples of their new Quantum waxes for candle making as well as detailed information about each product variant.

Testing can be both expensive and time consuming so we have conducted our own tests in order to share initial results. We have done this in an effort to give candle makers a head start in determining if these new wax types are suitable for their candle making businesses.

The aim of this report is to test these waxes in varying conditions and document the results comparing them to their predecessor wax types, with a particular focus on comparing it to EcoSoya Advanced.

As part of this testing exercise we have also tested Golden Wax 464, we have done this to gain a full picture of its performance compared to other popular waxes in the market.

As mentioned we tested a range of variables across all wax types, these variables included:

  • • Scent throw
  • • Glass adhesion and finish
  • • Burn pool

Properties of new Quantum wax

Source:EcoSoya

Q210:

All Quantum waxes are now made into pastilles which are easier to handle and measure compared to the flake form of the previous variants.

Notably, all new waxes contain only soy wax with no paraffin wax or other harder waxes traditionally added to soy wax to give it structure.

Q210:

Looking at the properties of each wax, it is clear that Q210 is the evolution of EcoSoya Advanced. It is noted as extremely clean burning, stable and easy to use, much like the previous waxes. It is interesting to note that Q210 is also dermatology tested and therefore safe to use for massage candles.

Q220:

It is not strictly clear what wax precedes this, however it appears to be a harder wax than 210 and recommended for use for container candles, pillar candles and tarts.

Q230:

This wax appears to supersede EcoSoya Pillar Blend, being the hardest wax for candle making it is recommended for pillar candles, molded candles and novelty candles.


Scent throw

Scent throw is arguably the most critical feature of any soy wax for candle making. It is therefore critically important that the new wax products have a strong and even scent throw. As part of this report we will analyze fragrance diffusion through the burning process.

To test the effectiveness of scent throw I created candles using each wax with an identical fragrance load.

The tests include analysis of both “light” fragrance’s and “heavy” fragrances - in order to correctly understand the wax’s impact on scent throw.

I used two fragrances from our store, Bark & Herbs and Gardenia.

I also used a fragrance load of 10% across all candles.

Both cold and hot scent throw was tested in this experiment.

Findings

While there was some variation in scent throw, all candles diffused scent properly in both hot and cold states.

All EcoSoya brands including EcoSoya Advanced were comparable in scent throw and there was no obvious distinction between each candle.

Interestingly Golden Brands 464 (G464) had the strongest scent throw of all candles both cold and when burned.

Not surprisingly, the overall scent throw can be improved by simply adding more fragrance to the candles. However, historically candle makers have been limited by a 10-13% fragrance load maximum and adding fragrance beyond this threshold resulted in sweating and curdling.

With this in mind, it is important to note that the new Quantum waxes can hold up to 5% more fragrance oil than EcoSoya Advanced and Golden Wax – so your overall max fragrance load is significantly higher. This allows you to increase the overall fragrance strength of the candle, without running into to the issues stated above.

This ultimately gives candle makers more flexibility in dialing up and down the overall strength of the scent in each candle to get to the desired level of scent throw.


Glass Adhesion & Finish

Findings

Looking at the candles made in glassware, wet spots occurred at both hotter and cooler pouring temperatures for the new quantum waxes and G464. Pouring at a hotter temperature appeared to reduce the impact of wet spots however they still appeared across all candles.

The only exception was EcoSoya Advanced, when poured it at 75°C it generated no wet spots on the sides of the candle.

The quality of finish varied across the candles poured in the glassware, it appeared there was a slight improvement in finish when pouring at a cooler temperature (contrary to wet spots).

Both Quantum 210 and EcoSoya Advanced showed the best results at both hotter and cooler pouring temperatures.

Golden wax had the poorest finish with discolouration and holes in the top of the wax.

Interestingly, wax poured in the aluminum tins showed almost no signs of dipping or cracking on the top.

This would indicate that the biggest determining factor is the glass container itself.

The glass causes the wax closest to the edge to cool faster that the wax in the middle (i.e. around the wick), this appears to generate the majority of adverse effects seen in the finished candles.

Therefore making an effort to warm the glasses would appear to be the best method to reduce signs of dipping, cracking and wet spots.

This will be something you will need to consider when using the Quantum wax products.


Burn pool

Findings

Overall the Quantum wax had a slightly smaller diameter burn pools than EcoSoya Advanced. Q220 and Q230 had deeper burn pools despite the smaller diameter.

Interestingly the burn pool diameter across the Quantum range was more in line with Golden Wax 464.

This suggests that if you have used Golden Wax 464 in the past, the same size wicks should align to the Quantum range.

However if you have previously been using EcoSoya Advanced, then you may need to test larger wicks sizes for your candles.


Summary of Key Findings

  1. All Quantum waxes are 100% soy, free of any other wax blends such as palm wax or paraffin wax
  2. • Quantum can hold up to 17% fragrance oil, this is 5-7% more scent than other waxes enabling greater control of scent throw
  3. • Quantum reacts to cold glassware (similar to other brands), so prepare containers and pour wax in a way that minimizes dipping, cracking and wet spots
  4. • Quantum wax burn pools are slightly smaller than their predecessor brands and therefore larger wicks should be tested

We have placed our first order of the new Quantum wax to arrive shortly, if you wish to purchase this soy wax visit the soy wax section of our website.

You can also find more information on candle making on our soy wax guide page.