Why Soy?

Candles can be made with different types of wax, have you ever wondered why we use soy wax instead of other types?   There are many benefits to using soy wax.

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When I was telling my friends and family that I was starting my own business, making hand poured soy candles, they were excited for me, thought it was great, they all love candles…..,  but invariably I would get questions like, “What is a SOY candle?” and “Why is it better?”.  As I was working the booth at Knott’s Berry Farm, a lot of people would walk by and say out loud as they were reading the signage “hand….. poured….. SOY….. candles, huh, what’s that?, or “SOY candles, does that mean you can eat them?”, once I got their attention and motioned them over, they would say, “so, tell me what makes SOY candles so great”, and I was happy to tell them!

I had researched soy wax and the benefits so much before I started my business that I had forgotten that some people have never heard of it much less know what it means. So, what is soy wax and why did I decide to use it to make my candles?

What is soy wax?

It is a vegetable wax made from the oil from soybeans. Have you ever eaten edamame?  Those are a type of soybean!  How are they converted into candle wax, you ask?  After the farmers harvest the soybeans, they are taken out of the husk, cleaned, and rolled into flakes.  The oil is extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated.  This process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated and alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature.  We use that solid to melt, blend with fragrance oils and pour into cute containers that ultimately our customers enjoy burning!

What are the benefits?

We love to work with soy wax for a many reasons.  It is completely renewable; the only limit to the soy supply is how much of it farmers choose to grow.  It is sustainable; the wax we use for our current batch of candles is most likely grown in the same field in the Midwest (primarily Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa) as future batches we’ll make!  Made in the USA!  Soy wax is natural so it burns cleanly and slowly.  You will not get the black soot when you blow the candle out, and it will burn longer than candles made from other waxes.  Soy wax is easy to clean, so you can re-use the containers when you are done burning the candle (great ideas for that to come in a future post). There is no waste when making the soy wax; the leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed.  And you know how we love animals!

At the end of the day, we are proud to make products that our customers love not only for the wonderful scents and ambiance they provide, but also that do not hurt the planet!  How cool is that?!

When purchasing a product, in addition to renewability and sustainability, what other aspects are important to you?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

Jamie