What is Soy Wax?
Soy wax is a wax derived from a vegetable Soy, primarily the oil of soybean is used in the making of the candle. Once the soybeans are harvested, it is cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and pressed to convert it to flakes. Then these flakes are used to extract oil, which is further hydrogenated. Hydrogenation of an oil is the process of converting the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated, which increases the melting point of the soy oil, so it’s in a solid-state at room temperature. There are many benefits of using soy wax candles which we will learn as we go further.
How Soy Candles are Made?
These pretty soy wax candles are made from the hydrogenated soy oil, as it’s in solid-state it is converted into flakes. Once the candle maker has decided exactly what kind of candle he requires, with what ingredients, and lastly with what aromas. Then he gathers his supplies, firstly the wax is heated up in a double boiler until it’s melted, then the essential oil is added for aroma. A votive or a container is selected, then the wick is placed in the bottom of the containers, before pouring the wax the candle maker decides the look of the candle and adds few ingredients like flower petals, cinnamon sticks, etc. Once hardened overnight one can use the candle for its own or for gifting purposes.
5 Health Benefits of Soy Wax
1. Long – lasting
When buying soy-based candles you must have noticed it is quite expensive, but comparing its burn time its noting compared to paraffin wax. Munio home candles( big candles) have a burn time of whooping 50 hours, this is because soy wax has a low melting point. As soy wax has low melting compared to other candle wax like beeswax or paraffin. This means when soy wax burns it would be cooler, compared to others. And an elongated life of a candle means you can enjoy it for a longer time.
As soy wax is extracted from soybeans- a natural, renewable source that can be cultivated anywhere. Whereas paraffin wax which is made petroleum, and as we all know petroleum is a nonrenewable source and it contains many cancer-causing agents and other harmful substances which can affect our body. And lastly the most amazing part soy wax is biodegradable and can be cleaned using the most convenient method of cleaning water and soap. Whereas other waxes like paraffin won’t and this plays a major factor in choosing soy-based candles.
When Soy candles are burnt they don’t release any kind carcinogens or cancer-causing agents, zero toxins, or any other pollutant and most importantly no petro shoots. Whereas when paraffin candles are burnt it releases petro shoots which can cause cancer, many other pollutants, and toxins. Hence soy-based candles are a great option for those who love a candle glow or the aroma candle but are allergic to candle shoots, especially asthmatic patients. Also, it doesn’t harm our environment by releasing any toxins in the air.
4. Better Scent
As we learned earlier that soy wax candles burn cleaner than paraffin wax, the aromas released from the added essential oils are much stronger and pleasant than those of synthetic scent-based paraffin candles. Nowadays it’s very common to hear complaints of a headache when paraffin candles are burnt, but what they don’t realize is not because of the candles but because of synthetic scents added in them. Soy wax candles give more benefits over the petroleum-based paraffin candles which people don’t even realize.
5. Easy to Clean
Cleaning Candle spills is a nasty thing if you love to lit candles every day in the evening after a tough day at the office or while enjoying wine with your spouse, or during a nice bubble bath. But compared to paraffin wax spills soy wax spills are easy to clean as it only requires soap and water. Once the wax has spilled let it harden up, scrape off the excess wax with a blunt knife( ( you don’t want to scratch that expensive wooden table), and then clean it with hot water and little soap.