Whilst selling our candles at craft fairs and other places, we’ve noticed people comment that soy wax candles tend to be more costly than paraffin wax candles and ask the following questions: "What is soy wax?", "Why do you use it?" and "What makes it different to paraffin wax?".
We thought we’d share some of our knowledge on soy wax and answer the above questions.
What is soy wax and where does it come from?
Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource and its biodegradable. It’s a wax that comes from vegetables derived from soybean oil. After soybeans are harvested they are cleaned, cracked and then rolled into flecks.
Why do we use it?
As mentioned above, soy wax is natural, renewable & biodegradable, which is not only better for the environment but also better for you as a customer.
Soy wax has a lower melting point and because of this soy candles will burn slower and will last longer. Soy wax burns with zero petrol soot, creating petrol soot free candles, better for all of us to inhale whilst burning.
We encourage you to recycle your jar after all the wax is melted. Soy wax makes this easier for you as it’s very easy to clean. All you need is warm water and soap and your jars will look brand new!
What makes soy wax different to paraffin?
The difference between paraffin and soy is that the soot emitted by paraffin candles is generally darker than the soot emitted by soy wax candles. Paraffin candles tend to burn fast and don’t last as long. This is due to it being made from a non-renewable source, crude oil. Soy wax is known for its slow burn and is more environmentally friendly.
Soy wax candles are more expensive than paraffin wax candles for all the reasons above. Simply put, soy wax is better! It’s better for the environment, better for the home, better for the family and creates a better performing product - which is important to us and we hope after reading this, it’s also important to you!
We hope we’ve given you some helpful information regarding our candles but if you do have any further questions or queries, please do email us and we’ll be happy to help.