Burning a candle in your home brings an instant ambience of warmth, relaxation, cosiness, or what Scandinavians call ‘hygge’. They bring a soft incandescent light to a room and can invigorate or relax with beautiful scents.
At The English Soap Company we use pure soy wax for our hand-poured candles. Read below for our thoughts on the benefits of soy wax candles.
Different Types of Candle Wax
There is a vast selection of different types of candle wax available on the market, including paraffin wax, beeswax, coconut wax, rapeseed wax, and of course, soy wax. At The English Soap Company, all our candles are made from pure soy wax. Why do we use soy wax for candles making? Because we believe pure soy candle wax provides the longest, cleanest burn, free from carcinogens, has excellent fragrance-holding qualities, and is eco friendly.
What is Soy Wax Made From?
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.
Why are soy candles better than other types of candle?
We often get asked why soy candles are better than other candles, and the truth is there are many reasons. Read below for our top five reasons why soy wax is the best type of way for candle making:
Soy is a Natural Material
Soy candles are made from completely natural materials, unlike paraffin wax candles, which are made from petroleum.
Soy is Sustainable
Soy beans are a renewable, sustainable material. The production of soy candles does not involve fossil fuels, like petroleum-based paraffin wax.
Soy Wax is Non-Toxic
Being a natural material, soy wax is considered non-toxic. Other types of wax often contain chemical fragrances (which some find induce headaches) and scent boosters. Paraffin wax gives off carcinogens when burned.
Natural Soy Wax Has a Better Fragrance
The natural scent from unperfumed soy candles is much stronger and more pleasant than the scent from the paraffin wax candles. Soy Wax candles don’t require any chemicals to scent them.
Soy wax candles last for approximately 50% longer than paraffin candles. Because of this, they are far more cost-effective.
How To Use Soy Wax Candles
Soy wax candles are different from the paraffin candles, and shouldn’t be used the same way. Soy wax candles are much more delicate compared to other candles and can be damaged or discoloured by strong light sources such as sunlight. Soy candles, therefore, should never be exposed to artificial light or sunlight.
Soy wax has a low melting point and can begin to soften or melt at temperatures above 25ºC, therefore this type of candle should be stored at room temperature at all times. If your candle does begin to melt, we recommend you place the candle in a cooler area of your property. Make sure you watch the video below for more tips on how to burn your Soy candle.