Soy wax candles are made from soy wax. Soy wax is a vegetable wax derived from soybeans, a natural, renewable source grown in many regions by local farmers. After soybeans are harvested they are cleaned, dehulled, cracked, and rolled into flecks. Oil is then extracted from these flecks and hydrogenated. In the process, unsaturated fatty acids present in the oil are saturated, thereby dramatically altering the oil’s melting point. It then solidifies at room temperature. Paraffin candles are made from petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source that contains carcinogenic substances. Using candles made from soy supports local agriculture and farmers, allowing them to make money and grow their operations.
Other Benefits Include:
- Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource.
- Soy wax is biodegradable and cleans up with plain old soap and water.
- Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax and because of this, soy candles will burn slower and longer than paraffin candles.
- Soy wax burns with zero petro soot, creating petro soot free candles. Paraffin candles burn with petro-soot. Paraffin candles often create a significant amount of black soot that collects on the jar, as well as on your walls and other surfaces of the home. The soy candle may accumulate some black soot on the jar, but the amount is much less than paraffin candles. Soy candles are also non-toxic, so they won’t release toxins into the air as they burn.