WHAT IS SOY WAX?
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is extracted from the flakes and then hydrogenated.
The hydrogenation process converts fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. This process alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature. The leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed.
The U.S. grows the vast majority of the world’s soy beans – primarily in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.
WHY DID WE CHOOSE SOY WAX & WHY SHOULD YOU?
One of soy’s many advantages is that it is completely renewable. While the paraffin prices increase due to the global reserves of oil shrinking, the only limit to the soy supply is how much we choose to grow.
In addition to sustainability, a well-made soy candle will burn more slowly and cleanly than paraffin [source]. Colors also are more vibrant when used in soy wax. Soy wax is renewable and sustainable, eco-friendly, American grown, carbon neutral, and completely non-toxic to burn.
In summary, the reasons to choose soy wax are clear:
Soy wax is non-toxic and burns cleaner than paraffin, with no petrol-carbon soot which can blacken walls, ceilings, and furniture, and contaminate ventilation duct work in your home, as well as add toxic carcinogens into the air you breathe.
HELPS THE US ECONOMY
Buying soybean products creates important economic growth for the agricultural sector of the US which is the primary source of soy beans.
Soy candles burn cooler and more slowly than paraffin wax, which makes for a much longer burning candle.
Since soybeans are vegetables, soy wax is biodegradable. Soy wax is also easier to clean from materials and other surfaces than paraffin wax.
Soybeans are a renewable resource, unlike paraffin that consists of petroleum.