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

Wick Testing Coco Soy / EC26 Wax & LX Wicks

I'm currently testing Coco Soy / EC26 candle wax with LX 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. 

LX wicks are braided, coreless, flat wicks manufactured with stabilizing threads that ensure an optimum burn profile. The allows for a very stable and consistent flame, which minimizes, or eliminates, mushrooming / carbon buildup while reducing smoke and soot.  These wicks are similar to Premier wicks in that they don't burn too hot. 

I'm using a 3-1/8" jar and the wicks I'm using are LX 8 (double wick), LX 10 (double wick), LX 14 (single wick), LX 16 (single wick), and LX 18 (single wick).  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! 

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" LX 8 (Double Wick) 9% Cashmere Still testing. **I'm about 1/3 of the way down and looking good so far. Jar is warm, but not too hot.  No mushrooming.  **I'm about 2/3 of the way down, and this is looking really good. It's burning slightly faster than the single wicks, but no mushrooming or soot.  **This burned out second.  Very light soot at the top.  I could lower the fragrance load to 8% to see if it eliminates that problem. 
EC26 3-1/8" LX 10 (Double Wick) 9% Cashmere
Great hot throw, but melt pool too deep & soon for coco wax, a tad over-wicked, jar too hot, mushrooming quite a bit.  **This is over-wicked. It's burning really fast, and it's discoloring the wax some.  **This burned out first and there was soot along the rim of the jar.
EC26 3-1/8" LX 14 (Single Wick) 9% Cashmere Great hot throw, although this is looking like it's too small of a wick. Not self trimming, a little bit of mushrooming. **I'm about 1/3 of the way down and it's looking like the wick is too small.  Mushrooming a bit.  **I'm about 2/3 of the way through and I think this wick is too small.  **Everything caught up and this ended up looking really good, too. For this size jar, it's between the LX 14 and LX 16.
EC26 3-1/8" LX 16 (Single Wick) 9% Cashmere Still testing. **I'm about 1/3 of the way down and looking good so far. Jar is warm, but not too hot.  Mushrooming a bit.  **I'm about 2/3 of the way through this candle, and the extra hang-up wax on the sides has finally melted off.  This looks really good to me.  I little bit of mushrooming but I trimmed the wicks ahead of time.  I could possibly lower the fragrance load to 8% and see what happens.  **This wick worked the best. The melted wax was measuring about 140-150 F so really good hot throw.
EC26 3-1/8" LX 18 (Single Wick)

9% Cashmere

Still testing. **I'm about 1/3 of the way down and looking good so far. Jar is warmer than the LX 16. This MIGHT be too big of a wick. I will see as it burns more.  Mushrooming a bit.  **I'm about 2/3 of the way through this candle, and I'm starting to see a tiny bit of soot at the top of the jar. I could possibly lower the fragrance load to 8% and see what happens. A bit more mushrooming compared to the LX16.  **Heavy soot at the top and larger mushroom, but I trimmed the wick beforehand. Overall, I think this wick is slightly too big for this wax/wick/jar combo. 



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