What is Soy Wax?

You may have noticed that most of the candles on the Candle Gallery are soy wax based – so what does this mean? 

Well, soy wax us a vegetable wax that is made from the oil of soybeans, the beans are cleaned, de-hulled and then rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. This is the process that turns a liquid oil into a solid wax, unlike paraffin based waxes it is less likely to cling to the sides of your candle jar, so you get to enjoy more of it. 

Most of the soybeans are grown in America. The benefits of soy wax are that it is renewable and is a common crop, while the reserves of oil and paraffin are in decline.

A soy candle will burn cleanly and slowly, it also has a lower melting temperature – which means less risk of burns should you accidentally spill some. Soy wax is soft and so it is best used in a container, it can be blended with other waxes to make it stronger for pillar or tapered candles. The tapered candles we have in stock are made from bees wax which is more solid, you can read more about beeswax here. 

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