Why use soy wax?
100% soy wax is the wax of choice for our handmade fragranced candles. A natural vegetable wax, soy wax is derived from the oil of soybeans (a species of legume) which grow on the soybean plant.
Soy wax is eco-friendly, renewable, sustainable, carbon-neutral, and not tested on animals. It burns clean and has a lower melting point than other wax types, which means candles made with soy wax have a stronger and longer-lasting scent throw.
Soy wax presents as a lovely, smooth, natural soft cream colour, which makes for an attractive candle, with no need for colourings or dyes.
How is soy wax made?
Soybeans are harvested from the soybean plant, which are then cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. Oil is extracted from these flakes and then hydrogenated. This hydrogenation process changes the composition of the oil, in order for it to become solidified when at room temperature.
The solidified soybean oil produced is what we use in our scented candles.
Ensuring nothing is left to waste through the harvest process, the leftover soybean solids which remain after extraction can be used for animal feed.
What other types of waxes are there?
There are other types of wax available - like coconut wax, beeswax, and palm wax. However, the most commonly used wax in candles is paraffin wax.
Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum. When burnt, it emits carcinogenic, toxic chemicals like benzene and toluene – similar to those found in petrol fumes.
Burning paraffin wax candles in your home is kind of like hanging around at a petrol station for hours on end.
The reason some candle manufacturers use paraffin wax is that it’s cheaper to produce. However, unfortunately, it's not good for the environment - or your health.
That's why we choose soy wax.
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