Soy Wax Candles: The benefits January 11, 2022 18:10
Why opt for soy wax when choosing a candle? Is it important? What are the benefits? In this blog post we share our views on the benefits of soy wax candles.
What is Soy Wax?
Soy wax is wax that is made from soybeans. The oil is extracted from the vegetable beans and then hydrogenated to create soy wax.
Is anything added to Soy Wax to make candles?
Not ours! Our soy wax candles are made from 100% soy wax, a cotton wick and essentials oils. Soy wax is softer than paraffin based wax, which makes it fine for use in containers like ours. However, you may find pillar style candles that are described as a 'soy blend' - these often include additives to ensure they are firm enough to maintain their integrity as a stand alone, pillar candle.
What are the benefits of Soy Wax?
If you are an avid candle fan, a key benefit of soy wax is that it has a lower melting point than lots of paraffin based candles. So if you burn candles regularly, you may notice that your soy wax candles burn for a little longer than some of the alternatives on the market. You may also find a soy wax candle produces less sooting (although all candles can soot - it often has more to do with the length of the wick rather than the actual candle).
As a candle maker one of the key benefits of soy wax is that it is becoming increasingly traceable, which is great news for us. As a small candle manufacturer, the environmental and agricultural practices along with the sustainability credentials of our suppliers really does matter. Being able to review these regularly is important, not just in terms of maintaining our current product range but also for future developments; enabling us to assess new materials and ingredients as the come onto the market.
As animal lovers, soy wax also gets a thumbs up from us. Beeswax is another alternative candle wax that we did initially explore. Because our research indicated that a lot of hives have to be melted down to create beeswax, provenance is key. We found it difficult to hand on heart know where beeswax was being sourced and supplied from and couldn't find any local suppliers to help. And because of this, the treatment of bees in the process had us asking a lot of questions. So we discarded beeswax pretty quickly in favour for soy wax.
Are there any pitfalls or disadvantages of Soy Wax Candles?
If you typically burn paraffin based candles, you may find that soy wax candles don't have quite the same scent throw that you are used to. This is in part due to the slower burn of a soy wax candle. Soy wax is heavier or rather, denser than paraffin wax. It takes longer to heat up and therefore the time it takes to emit a scent is greater. The type of fragrance used also makes a difference here. Lots of paraffin based wax candles and soy wax candles are combined with fragrance oil to create a scent. Fragrance oil is synthetic and quantities used in a candle are typically higher than essential oils. However, fragrance oils have none of the aromatherapy benefits of essential oils. But as we all know, scent is a matter of personal choice. For us, a well made scented soy wax candle will lift the spirits as well as scent a room without overpowering either.
In terms of working with soy wax... vegetable wax can keep you on your toes! Soy wax has a life of its own - it gets warm and 'sweats'. If it is cold it can 'frost'. It is sensitive to room temperatures and container temperatures. But that is all part of the fun. Soy wax works beautifully with essential oils. It has no real scent of its own, so doesn't impact the aromatherapy benefits of any essential oils that are included in your candle. It burns cleanly and is beautiful in texture. All in all, soy wax remains a firm favourite with us.
Find out more:
- Interested in learning how to make a soy wax candle? Why not come along to one of our candle making workshops.
- Discover our range of soy wax candles, complete with candle refill service.