The candle industry has been revolutionized with the use of soybeans. This naturally sourced wax is virtually indistinguishable from paraffin or beeswax in appearance and is superior in burn quality. It also provides many consumer and environmental benefits that neither paraffin nor beeswax does. While there is a lot of information about soy wax on the internet, not all of it is true. For one to be truly enlightened about the benefits of soy candles, reputable sources must be consulted.
Soy tealights and container candles that do not contain colour or fragrance are made of 100% pure soy wax and have a soft creamy appearance, richer colour and a smooth flat top surface. The composition of the pillar wax blend used is 100% soybeans and carefully selected botanical oils and less than 1% triple pressed vegetable stearic acid. Moulded Soy candles made with EcoSoya PB, such as votive candles, pillar candles, and tarts, have an excellent scent throw and a creamy appearance. Here is everything you need to know about soy wax.
What is soy wax?
EcoSoya waxes are biodegradable and free from pesticide and herbicide. It has a long shelf life and easily cleans up with hot water, soap, eliminating the solvent required to clean up paraffin wax.
Soy Wax is produced from the oil separated from soybeans, which is purified and hydrogenated, turning the soy oil into a solid. Unlike other vegetable or soy waxes on the market, EcoSoy waxes are 100% vegetable, guaranteed. There are no beeswax or petroleum products hidden in it, unlike many other brands of soy wax. In some blends, a small amount of botanical vegetable oil is added to the candle wax to improve its performance.
Soy Wax vs Paraffin
Most people do not realize that paraffin wax is a by-product of the petroleum refinement process. Soy wax is made by hydrogenating oil extracted from soybeans, which are a renewable resource, unlike fossil fuels.
Soy wax is generally softer and liquefies quickly but burns cleaner and cooler than paraffin wax. Since soy candles burn cooler, they last longer, giving you more burn for your buck. Cooler burning soy candles are also safer since molten soy wax is less likely to cause blistered skin.
Both paraffin and soy candles create soot when burned. Soy wax emits a different kind of soot than paraffin (hard to see unless the candle is burned in a draft, or the wick gets long enough to produce black smoke). Currently, both paraffin and soy waxes are almost equal in cost, but paraffin prices are dependent on the oil industry, and soy wax prices are dependent on the condition of soy crops.
Soy Wax vs Beeswax
Beeswax (made with melted honeycomb) and bayberry have been the only healthy alternatives to paraffin for many years. Beeswax may smell nice, but it is very expensive (at least five times the price of soy wax).
Soy Wax vs Palm Wax
While Palm wax may be considered "natural", it is not necessarily an environmentally-responsible choice. It is made from oil palm trees in Malaysia and Indonesia. South-east Asia is home to some of the world's most bio-diverse ecosystems, and the habitat and livelihood of the native people and many wildlife species are rapidly being destroyed. The demand for increasingly-popular palm oil has some people involved in the cultivation of oil palm trees destroying rainforests to plant more oil palm trees.
Soy Wax Additives
Candle manufacturers are not subject to disclosing their ingredients, allowing many candles to contain harmful substances. Many candle manufacturers use generally unhealthy chemicals to create and enhance the fragrance and to improve the quality of the colour and finish. While many scented household products and cosmetics may include these chemicals, they have been shown to cause damage to many of your vital organs. Jessica Jane Scented Candles products do not include synthetic fragrances, enhancers, or vybar.
All about using soy wax for candle making
There are a lot of soy candles that are out on the market today. Some people prefer using soy wax in candle making. This kind of wax is cheaper than beeswax and an alternative as well. The soy wax can also be mixed with fragrances in order to produce scented soy candles. There are a lot of advantages that you can get from soy candles.
If you plan to make soy candles for your candle making, then here are some of its advantages:
- It is cheaper
- It’s natural
- It lasts longer
- Spills from the wax are easier to clean
- Less soot
- Scented ones have more flavour
It is also said that the use of soy wax for candle making is eco-friendly, and this is one big advantage because it is time that we take care of our environment as there are many tragedies and natural calamities that are happening all over the world.
If you are into candle making, you can make your own soy candles at home! Here’s how:
Keep your soy wax ready in a pan and heat the fire on medium until the wax melts. Once the wax has melted, you can now remove it from the heat and start adding the fragrance. Fragrances come in oil form, and you must stir this so it will be absorbed by the wax. If you have a dye, you can add it by following the instructions found on the label. The wax now should be poured in a jar, and remember to position the wick in the centre with the use of a pencil or a pin to keep it together. Once the wax has solidified, you can now remove the wick and use your soy candle. See, candle making is pretty easy and simple!
If you wish to go for natural and eco-friendly candles, you can opt for soy wax for your candle making and remember that there are a lot of advantages that you can get just by using this particular wax. Also, many people will buy from you for a lot of people now prefer eco-friendly things. Make your own soy candles at home now, and start your own business. You can also create different designs from soy wax, and you can create different fragrances that can be pleasing and relaxing at the same time. Remember that containers, where you will put your soy candles should be clean, dry and at room temperature.
At Jessica Jane, we offer a variety of soy scented candles, including French pear, Lemongrass Eucalyptus, Jasmine Sandalwood, Lavender and others. Try blooming jasmine or any other refreshing notes to leave your home scented for hours.