Updated: Nov 20, 2020
What is Soy Wax?
Before we can answer the Why? lets take a dive into the What is. Soy Wax is 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 hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature. The leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed.
The U.S. grows the vast majority of the world's soy beans, primarily in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana.
Our Answer to Why Soy?
Because we love it! Soy wax is a biodegradable and carbon-neutral product, meaning that it's eco-friendly. You can enjoy your candle knowing it hasn't had a negative impact on the environment. Soy wax is a clean-burning wax (made from beans, remember! ) that burns with zero petro soot creating soot free candles. On average, it melts 40-50% slower than paraffin wax, resulting in long-lasting candles and giving you better value for money. Aside from being eco-friendly and clean-burning, soy wax is also sustainable and non-toxic. It can be cleaned off of any surface by simply using warm water and soap. Although we do not recommend eating any of our products that contain soy wax (or any of our products in general) we can safely report that soy is non-toxic and safe for both the family and pets if ingested.
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