Soy Wax...Ten things we love about you

By Van Boolen

Soy wax is made from soybean oil. The soybean oil is separated from the beans by mechanical press or by using a solvent to extract the oil. The first step in making soy wax is a process called hydrogenation. The soybean oil is treated with a hydrogen solution that causes the oil to solidify and create wax. Every manufacturer has a different process and most of them keep their “recipes” very secretive but the process starts out the same for all of them. So what are the benefits of using soy wax vs paraffin wax…

  • No toxins, carcinogens or pollutants which means our candles are less likely to trigger allergies. Soy wax is non-toxic and not poisonous (but please don’t eat it).
  • Soy wax is known as a “clean-burning fuel source” meaning that it is classified under regulations as clean burning.
  • 100% soybean means no animals are harmed or used as part of the production process.
  • Soy wax is a made from a natural vegetable (soybean). The alternative, paraffin wax is a refined fossil fuel oil by-product.
  • Unlike petroleum-based paraffin, soy wax is colourless but has a lovely natural cream to it.
  • Soy wax burns at a lower temperature which means that you can enjoy your soy wax candle for generally 30-50% longer than a paraffin candle.
  • Soy wax is 100% biodegradable.
  • Soy wax spills are much easier to clean up than paraffin wax. Simply use soap and water. 
  • Soy can hold much more fragrance than can paraffin.  The soy wax blend formulation we created holds up to 12% fragrance load.
  • Soy wax releases fragrance scent much better than paraffin.

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