Why do we use 100% soy wax and how is soy wax made? I get these two questions a lot.
You may not know the difference between the types of wax you see in candles you buy. You might also notice that many candles don't disclose exactly what is in the wax on the label. Many soy wax blends you see likely contain paraffin.
Traditionally, candles were made with paraffin wax. (usually because of it's low cost) Paraffin, an end-product of petroleum, contains up to 11 carcinogenic compounds deemed 'toxic air contaminants' by the State of California.
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. The process starts with domestically grown, U.S. soybeans from which the oil is separated. The oil is then purified and goes through a process called hydrogenation which changes it from liquid oil to a solid shortening at room temperature.
Soy wax is non-toxic and burns cleaner than paraffin, with no petrol-carbon soot. Soy candles burn slower and cooler than paraffin wax, giving them a longer life-span than paraffin candles. Since soybeans are vegetables, soy wax is naturally biodegradable, making it easier to remove from the candle container after burning.