Why choose soy wax instead of other waxes?
Soy wax is made from soya beans. It is 100% vegetable. Soya beans are a renewable source and soy wax is bio-degradable. This makes soy wax much more environmentally friendly than other waxes.
Soy wax has a lower burning temperature than other waxes so products made from soy wax last longer and the fragrance does not "burn off" as quickly. We have chosen our particular brand of soy wax because it holds lots of fragrance and gives a good smooth appearance.
Other benefits of soy wax include:
- It is not tested on animals
- It is free from herbicides and pesticides
- It is free from GM
- It is cleaned up easily with soap and water
We work closely with our suppliers to ensure the soy wax we source continues to meet our high standards.
Many leading suppliers of candles and wax melts choose to use paraffin wax. This is a cheaper alternative. In our opinion a huge disadvantage of paraffin wax is it is made from crude oil. Essentially when burning a paraffin candle or wax melt you are burning a fuel equivalent and this is why many people find that paraffin candles leave a black residue after being burnt. Soy beans do not release soot. In addition soy wax does not release toxic carcinogens into the air.
The only thing we add to our soy wax products is high quality fragrance oils and dyes, we do not add any other chemicals or wax additives. Again, we work closely with our suppliers to ensure we source the best quality fragrance oils, many of which contain essential oils and are also used by the leading candle brands. We ensure our fragrance oils are mixed through the whole product and not just the top layer - a method used by some producers of candles and wax melts to save money.
Storing your soy wax products
Soy can be damaged and discoloured by strong light sources and therefore should be stored away from such sources. As soy has a lower melting point than other waxes it should be stored at room temperature. Take care when handling your product so that it doesn't break. If it does happen to break it does not affect the actual use of the product.
How long has soy wax been around?
According to our research, soy wax was created in 1991 by a gentleman looking for a cheaper alternative to beeswax. He realised there was a demand for natural waxes and began experimenting with vegetable oils and plant waxes. He ended up creating the first vegetable candle wax from a blend of vegetable oils and plant wax. A few years later after getting his vegetable wax candles into the highstreet he began experimenting with hydrogenated soy bean oil to achieve an even better vegetable wax. Since the 90s soy wax has evolved even more. Today, the U.S grows the vast majority of soy beans.