What is Stearin?
Stearin, (or stearine), is a mixture of fatty acids, used in candle and soap making. You'll also find it in the cosmetics, skin lotions, hair care products, and even the vitamins you use, where it appears as glyceryl stearate or glycol distearate (chemical compounds of glyceryl/glycol and stearin).
Stearic acid occurs naturally in animal and vegetable fats. Common sources: Peruvian, Scandinavian, or Japanese fish oils; tallow; palm stearin, which comes from tropical coconuts and palm nuts.
The white crystalline substance comes in a variety of solid or granular forms. Most commonly, you can buy it as flakes, or a white powder.
How to use Stearic Acid in Candle MakingStearin wax plays an indispensable part in your candlemaking routine. It makes all the difference between disappointing, or successful, candles.
Add 10% stearin to your quantity of paraffin wax. Firstly, melt the stearin in a double-boiler or wax melting pot. Colouring your candles? Mix the dye/s in gradually, little bits at a time, until you achieve the colour intensity you want. Next, add the wax. Stir now and again, while heating the mixture up to the required pouring temperature.
Tip: don't use stearin in latex rubber moulds, (it rots these flexible mould types). Use Vybar instead.
Why use Stearin in Candles?Using stearin in candles vastly improves their looks and burning qualities. Listed below are the benefits of this additive:
So, there's your secret to better looking and burning candles. Mixing stearin into your waxes has many advantages. This valuable ingredient is a powerful weapon in your candle making arsenal!
Take Note: I have only combined stearin with paraffin waxes, and have no idea what stearin does, or how it acts, when mixed into other types of waxes.
Candles, by Jon Newman. This informative book contains extensive references to stearin, and contains various historical facts; definitions and characteristics of; the uses of stearine in candle making; and where it's sourced from.
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