Soy candles popularity has increasing grown over the years, but what is the big deal with soy wax candles. What are soy candles made from, what are the benefits and how do they rate vs. regular candles. While soy candles look and smell similar to their paraffin counterparts, however there are a number of distinctions that make soy candles advantageous.
Soy wax is the first wax innovation in the candle industry in over a century and is becoming increasingly popular. While we’re all for tradition, there are a lot of reasons why out with the old and in with the new should apply to candles.
What is Soy Wax?
Candle Pin Club candles are all made with soy wax. Environmentally friendly, soy is made using soybeans. Soy wax is ultimately 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 then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated.
The majority of the world’s soy wax comes from the U.S. This makes soy or soya wax a natural and renewable source
1. Soy Wax is Longer Lasting
Soy candles typically last longer than a paraffin candle of the same size. The reason behind the longevity of soy candles is the slower burning time and cooler burning temperature of the wax.
The longer-lasting burn means that you can enjoy the fragrance of your candle for generally 30-50% longer than a paraffin candle.
All candles produce soot, but candles made from soy wax produce cleaner with very little soot compared to paraffin candles.
2. Soy Wax Burns Cleaner
A candle made from soy wax burns cleaner with little soot released as the candle burns. Paraffin candles often create a significant amount of black soot that collects on the jar, as well as on your walls and other surfaces of the home. The soy candle may accumulate some black soot on the jar, but the amount is much less than paraffin candles. Soy candles are also non-toxic, so they won't release toxins into the air as they burn.
3. Budget Friendly
One of the many reasons why more and more people prefer soy wax is because it is more cost effective as it burns slower and therefore last longer.
Soy wax is also biodegradable, making it an investment that benefits the environment. Soya wax is also a resource that can be replaced at a rate faster to the rate that it is used so soy wax is continually producible without damaging the ecosystem.
4. Stronger Scent Throw
When a candle’s scent “throws well” the scent fills the entire room. The lower melting point of soy wax results in a greater surface area of liquid wax pooling around the candlewick. The fragrance oils are released from the liquid wax pooling around the wick and from the wick itself giving you a better scent.
Soy candles hold onto the scents from the oils that are often used to give soy candles their fragrance. Also, since the soy wax burns clean, you get a cleaner scent as a consequence.
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5. Soy Wax is Environmentally Friendly
Since soy wax is made from soybeans, it is friendly to the environment because soybeans are a renewable resource. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have kids, or have pets, because it’s the safest option health-wise. You want to avoid wax blends or candles that don’t state the exact breakdown of ingredients.
6. Soy Wax has a Lower Melting Point
From a safety standpoint, soy wax is the better choice because it has a lower melting point than paraffin wax. This means less risk of burns should you accidentally spill any melted wax on your skin.
Because of its low melting point soy washes away with warm soapy water making it easy to re-purpose your glass once the candle has burned down. No more soaking with boiling water and chipping away at residual wax.
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