What is soy wax?

On this page we will try to answer all of the commonly asked questions about soy wax

What is soy wax?

Soy wax is used to make our candles and wax melts here at Wicks Of Water Orton.  The wax that we used is 100% natural soy wax, and arrives to us in flake form.  These flakes of soy wax are a vegetable wax that is a processed form of soybean oil.  It is made by the full hydrogenation of soy bean oil.  That's it!  It contains nothing artificial, there are no added chemicals and it is totally non toxic.

Why is soy wax better?

At this point it is necessary to compare soy wax to paraffin wax.  Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, coal or oil shale!  It is made by extracting the waxy substance from these various crude oils, all of which are non-renewable resources.  Paraffin wax has been found to release volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere when lit.  You are instantly probably now questioning why anyone uses paraffin wax?  It is cheaper, it is more accessible and as a candle maker it is easier to work with.

So the most obvious reason why soy wax is better is that it is derived from a vegetable, therefore it is renewable, environmentally friendly and sustainable, as soy beans are a renewable resource.  But the benefits do not stop there....  

What are the benefits of soy wax candles?

Not only are soy wax candles better for the environment, they also have plenty of benefits for you as the end user.  Soy wax burns at a lower temperature than paraffin wax, meaning that it burns slower, and you will get a longer lasting candle.  Soy wax also burns cleaner and overall produces much less soot too.  If ever you or a member of your household have complained about headhaches when a candle is lit, it will most likely be due to the chemicals in paraffin candles.  Soy wax provides a beautiful scent throw, without the requirement to add chemicals into the candles.  As it is vegetable based it is also easy to clean up should any spillages ever happen; it will wipe away with warm soapy water with ease.

To Summarise

So in short, soy wax is a natural vegetable based type of candle wax.  It is better for the enivornment, your family, your home and your pets!  As it burns slower, it is also better value for money too.  So next time you light your Wicks Of Water Order candles you can be safe in the knowledge that you have chosen well.

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