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Article: Wick Testing Coco Soy / EC26 Wax & HPSP Wicks

Wick Testing Coco Soy / EC26 Wax & HPSP Wicks

I'm currently testing Coco Soy / EC26 candle wax with HPSP candle wicks.  I'm hoping that this will be helpful to some when narrowing down which wicks to use.  Feel free to adjust based on your wax/vessel/fragrance oil combo.  I'm using a vessel that's 3-1/8" inner diameter at the top, so if yours is smaller, you will want to wick down.  It's best to test a couple wick sizes in a few wick series or brands to see what you like the best!  Feel free to reach out to me anytime if you have any questions at all.  I'm here to help. 

About HPSP Wicks...

Constructed of specially treated cotton, Special High-Performance Flat Wicks by São Vitor are often used in container candles, pillars, tapers, decorative, votives, and tealight candles because it minimizes soot. HPSP candle wicks feature a long strand and tight braids to inhibit carbon deposit and afterglow.  These are designed to use in coconut blended waxes. 

  • Constructed from long strand, tight braid, and specially treated cotton.
  • Designed to be used in container candles, pillars, tapers, decorative, votives, and tealight candles.
  • Engineered to minimize soot and inhibit carbon deposit and afterglow.
I'm using a 3-1/8" jar and the wicks I'm using are HPSP 399 / HPSP 42, HPSP 377 / HPSP 45, HPSP 335 / HPSP 48, HPSP 331 / HPSP 51, HPSP 300 / HPSP 54, HPSP 272 / HPSP 57.  I'm using our Cashmere fragrance oil at 9% fragrance load.  I will allow it to cure for 2 weeks before testing them. I will keep you updated! The other items I used when testing are the bowtie wick centering bars and our candle wick trimmers.

If you've found a combination that works for you, please feel free to share your results below.

Results
Wax Type Vessel Size Wicks Fragrance Load Results
EC26 3-1/8"
HPSP 399 / HPSP 42
9% Currently testing.  **I've been keeping an eye on these.  It's about 3/4 of the way through, and I'm still seeing some hang up on the sides.
EC26 3-1/8"
HPSP 377 / HPSP 45
9%
Currently testing.  **I've been keeping an eye on these.  It's about 3/4 of the way through, and I'm still seeing some hang up on the sides.
EC26 3-1/8"
HPSP 335 / HPSP 48
9%
Currently testing.  **I've been keeping an eye on these.  A little better.  It's about 3/4 of the way through, and I'm still seeing some hang up on the sides.
EC26 3-1/8"
HPSP 331 / HPSP 51
9%
Currently testing.  **I've been keeping an eye on these.  It's about 3/4 of the way through, and I'm still seeing some soot starting to form along the rim.  No wax hangup on the sides of the vessel, though.
EC26 3-1/8"
HPSP 300 / HPSP 54
9%
Currently testing.  **I've been keeping an eye on these.  It's about 3/4 of the way through, and I'm still seeing some soot starting to form along the rim.  No wax hangup on the sides of the vessel, though.
EC26 3-1/8"
HPSP 272 / HPSP 57
9%
Currently testing.  **This one is looking really good, so far. I'm about 3/4 down the jar. If it turns out well, I'll retest it to make sure.  **This one turned out to be the winner for this size vessel!  I am going to retested it along with HPSP 257.

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