Updated: Nov 19, 2021
FAQ.. What is Soy Wax and how is it made?
As the names suggests Soy Wax is made from Soy Bean oil. Beans are harvested, cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The purified oil that is extracted from the flakes then goes through a process called 'hydrogenation', which alters its melting point, making it a solid at room temperature. Little waste is produced from the processing of soybeans into wax. When the oil is extracted the remaining solids can be used as livestock feed.
Depending on the blend, there may be a small amount of vegetable botanical oils, such as coconut, palm and olive, added to enhance the wax characteristics and performance
Soy wax was discovered in 1991 by Michael Richards as a more cost effective alternative to Bees Wax. Prior to this, Paraffin wax, which is derived from crude oil. was commonly used in candle making.
Not only is Soy a more natural alternative to paraffin, but soy wax also burns slower than paraffin, so you get a longer lasting candle. Soy has a clean, smooth finish and is a great carrier of fragrance, the result is a well-balanced true to scent candle.
Soy wax is 100% natural, vegan and non-toxic. It is biodegradable, so cleans up with plain old soap and water. Soy beans are grown extensively world wide making soy wax a completely renewable source only limited by how much we choose to grow.
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