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Soy Wax in candle making

As you are probably aware we only use soy wax in our candles, this is why!

Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybean, a legume native to East Asia. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked and de-hulled and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted using heat and cold processing and then extracted from flakes and hydrogenated.

Hydrogenation refers to a process of heating the oil and adding hydrogen to convert the fatty acids into a more stable form of oil or wax. Whilst hydrogenated oils are very bad for the diet when ingested – as they harden and clog up arteries –  they are great for making candles.  It provides a great alternative to the less renewable paraffin wax as it is totally sustainable and biodegradable. It is also a much harder wax lending to added density and a longer burn time per gram.

One downside of soy wax candles is the difficulty you have with getting candles to have a good scent throw. Typically, you have a higher success rate with paraffin candles; it is easier to get the scent right. It takes a lot of trial and error to get a soy wax candle to burn well with a good hot and cold scent throw and without making your candle look ugly!   One good thing about soy wax candles is their ability to provide a very good clean burn – that means a candle which does not soot or burn unevenly.

We have painstakingly trialed many essential oil and fragrance  combinations to ensure our candles have a great, even burn.  It has not been easy but it has been worth it. See some of our candles here.

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