Benefits of Soy Wax
Candles come in all shapes, fragrances and ... waxes. When it comes to choosing candles, there's more to think about than just scent and aroma. Candles can be made out of a plethora of different waxes, and each wax has its own attributes that can impact the way you enjoy your candle. Paraffin wax, soy wax, palm wax, and granulated wax are just a few of the different types of waxes that can be used. Ngozi uses 100% soy wax for all of our candles and we thought we'd tell you a few of the reasons behind this choice.
What is Soy Wax?
Soy wax is a 100% natural wax derived from the oil of soybeans. Soybeans are renewable resources in that they will continue to grow and be harvested; soybean plants are not scarce in the least. After the beans are harvested, they are then cleaned, cracked, de-hulled and rolled into flakes. Soybean oil is extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated.
Hydrogenating oil is the process of converting some of its fatty acids from unsaturated to saturated. This raises the melting point of the oil to where it is a solid at room temperature. The end result is ... soy wax!
Soy wax is one of the most eco-freindly waxes to use in candle making because of its natural and renewable properties.
Soy wax is one of the most eco-freindly waxes to use in candle making because of its natural and renewable properties. Paraffin wax for example -- one of the more popular candle waxes due to its cheap costs -- is the product of the oil purification process from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. When you remove the waxy substance from crude oil, you’re left with paraffin wax.
Why Choose Soy Wax
Soy wax is made from environmentally friendly, renewable resources; whereas classic paraffin wax is made from petroleum and is non-renewable. Not only are there “green” advantages to choosing soy wax over a different type of candle wax, but soy wax also burns slower than paraffin wax, meaning you get a candle that lasts longer.
While all candles emit some black soot while burning, candles made from soy wax burns cleaner and results in less soot. Another reason to choose soy wax when it comes to candles is the fact that soy wax is an excellent fragrance carrier that does not require chemical amplifiers. The result is a well-balanced true to scent candle.
Our Soy Wax Candles
All of our candles are made from soy wax for all of the quality and eco-friendly reasons we've shared. Our candles are also made with pthalate-free fragrances.
There are a few things to know about the nature of a soy wax candle. Firstly, it is a natural product and so you may notice slight variations throughout the year. The wax may be very soft in its solid state, or as hard as a rock during other times. Sometimes the wax melts so clear and translucent, and other times it may melt and look a little cloudy. All of this is normal and expected when choosing a soy candle. We make all your candles
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