Argan oil – Benefits for the skin
July 18, 2016
MBotanicals Rose Clay Soap
Rose Clay Soap
July 22, 2016
Show all

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.

Share This:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*