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.
Why Soy Wax
- Soy Wax lasts 50% longer than candles made of petroleum-based paraffin most candles.
- They also burn slower and cooler (helping to better distribute fragrance),
- Soy Wax is Nontoxic,
- Less likely to trigger allergies,
- Soy Wax cleans up with soap and water,
- Produces very little soot.
- Soy Wax is eco friendly so they are more animal and child-friendly than traditional candles.
- Environmentally friendly.
- Made from soybeans, Soy Wax Candles are Biodegradable.
How is it used?
Soy wax is used by candle makers in a number of ways. It can be used straight as in Golden Brands 415 soy wax, blended with other natural oils like Ecosoya CB 135 or Advanced Soy, or mixed with paraffin to form a parasoy wax like IGI 6006.
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Data used here is extracted from Candle Science?its the best definition we have seen.
Our supplier also highlights some inconsistancies noted by customers and other candle makers, on the subject of "Frosting"?the term used to describe the white coating that appears on your soy candles.
What causes it? Frosting is a perfectly natural effect of using soy wax and is unique to vegetable waxes. It is the natural wax re crystallizing and trying to return to its natural state.
All soy waxes frost and is a sign that you are using 100% natural soy wax. Some soys have additives to stop this frosting however if you want a 100% natural product then expect frosting.
Frosting does not affect the performance of your candle and is something that you shouldn't stress over.
You can minimize frosting with these simple tips.
Keep your candles warm overnight. Don't leave them out especially when you know the temperature is going to drop. This is certain to promote frosting. Soy hates difference in temperatures.
Frosting will also occur with age so try and move your candles quickly if its something you don't like.
For "Wet Spots"?an unusual term for a candle problem but never-the-less it is a legitimate term.? A wet spot refers to the patch on your glass that almost looks like an air bubble between the wax and glass.
What in fact has happened is the wax has pulled away from the edge of the glass.? Once this happens it will not re-adhere. It does not affect the performance of the candle in anyway but is an aesthetic thing.
It generally happens when the candle temperature fluctuates and the wax expands and contracts.? You will find it very nearly happens always overnight if you leave your candles out.
Using a good quality wax like GW 464 that has great glass adhesion but also with your pour temperature.
If your candle wetspots overnight make sure you put the candles in a warm place, don't leave them exposed to the cold.
Sometimes however no matter what you do you will not prevent wetspots.? The climate changes both outside and inside, even during transportation or the air-conditioning in a shop can all cause wetspots.