Candle shopping is not just about the smell and the aroma. You can make candles from a variety of different waxes. Each wax has a different property that will affect its performance. There are many options for candles, including soy wax and palm wax. Candle Studio uses only 100% Soy Wax for all candles. That’s not all that makes our candles stand out!
What is soy oil?
Soy wax is a natural, 100%-natural wax that comes from vegetable soybeans. Soybeans are the second most important agricultural crop in the United States after corn. Nearly all of the world’s soybeans are grown and harvested right here in the Midwestern United States. Ohio is the 6th most prolific soybean producer state in the U.S. The soybean oil is extracted from the flakes, and the remaining flakes can be used as animal feed.
Contrasting methods are used to make paraffin wax, a popular candle wax due to its low cost. Paraffin wax is a product of oil purification from petroleum, oil shale, or coal. Paraffin wax is created when you take out the waxy substance found in crude oil.
Soy wax: Why?
Soy wax can be made from renewable, environmentally-friendly resources. Classic paraffin wax is made out of petroleum and is therefore non-renewable. Soy wax for candle making has many advantages over other candle wax types. Also, it burns more slowly than paraffin wax. This means your candle lasts longer. Soy wax candles are less likely to emit black soot when they burn. Soy wax is an excellent choice for candles because it is a great fragrance carrier and doesn’t require any chemical amplifiers. It produces a true-to-scent candle that is well balanced.
Which are healthier: Soy Candles, or Beeswax Candles?
As we approach the Holidays season, we thought it would be a good time to republish one of our most-requested posts which answers common questions regarding other types of candle wax. Let’s wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season.
Paraffin candles are now viewed as unhealthy and soy candles are being promoted as a healthier alternative. Soy wax can indeed be recycled and soy candles can be composted. They also last longer than paraffin candles. Are our soy candles good for the environment, however?
We believe that beeswax will always be the most eco-friendly candle material. But we aren’t just biased.
Here are some reasons why beeswax candles should be preferred to soy candles.
Environmental Effect: Soy production is closely tied to deforestation. Soybean production has resulted in the clearing and tilling of forests, which has led to soil erosion and destruction.
On the other hand, beeswax is a natural byproduct of the beekeeping sector. The beekeepers of honey bees regularly make beeswax to build the combs in their beehives. When honey beekeepers are ready for honey collection, they remove the wax cap from honeycomb cells and then sell the wax to us.
GMOs: The majority of soybeans are grown using genetically engineered seeds. These seeds have been modified to be resistant to herbicides such as glyph sate. Farmers can use herbicides to kill weeds but not their soy plants.
Commercial soybean farming uses pesticides as well as fertilizers. These chemicals pollute our environment, and soy wax may contain trace amounts.
Beeswax is more resistant to pesticides than other waxes. Trace amounts of chemical pesticides may end up in the beeswax, especially if the fields have been chemically treated.
Chemical Process: Soy candles are subject to several chemical treatments before they can be sold.
The oil used to make soy wax is usually bleached, deodorized, and deodorized. The resultant soy wax is not suitable to be used in larger containers than a candle. Additives like paraffin or stearic acid are needed to make a solid wax that can be used for pillar and votive candles. For scented candles, fragrance oils or dyes may be added as an additional step. Bleach and paraffin as well fragrance oils and dyes are all hazardous chemicals that can cause harm if they are inhaled into the air.
The Beeswax Co. candle is made entirely without chemical ingredients. 100% pure Beeswax is the only ingredient. Beeswax has beautiful coloring and a honey-like scent. Each candle is unique due to the color and smell of each batch.
Light Spectrum When purchasing candles, you should consider the kind of flame they will produce.
Soy candles produce a white, cool-toned flame (think fluorescent lighting or the light emitted by your phone’s screen at night).
Beeswax lamps emit natural light within the same wavelength as the sun. Beeswax candles tend to burn brighter and warmer than soy candles.