Soy wax candles are a popular type of candle without many of the drawbacks associated with traditional candles, mainly those made of fossil fuel-derived paraffin wax. These candles were developed by students at Purdue University in 1996 when they hydrogenated soybean oil, which changed the melting point. The higher melting point made it so that the soybean oil solidified at room temperature, creating the wax we love today.
Soy wax is more sustainable than soy wax, as soy is a renewable resource. It's a clean-burning wax that produces zero petrochemicals when burned, unlike fossil fuel-derived paraffin wax. Soy wax candles produce no soot and burn up to 50% longer than paraffin wax candles due to its lower melting point.
Benefits of Soy Wax
There are a significant number of benefits of soy wax. Here are just a few of its many benefits.
Soy Wax is More Sustainable than Paraffin Wax
The original purpose of creating soy wax was to make a sustainable birthday candle. Paraffin wax candles are derived from fossil fuels, which are a finite resource.
Worse still, burning fossil fuels is terrible for the environment. They release carbon and other greenhouse gases, which together are accelerating climate change. Soy wax is derived from soybeans, which we can replant over and over again.
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Although soy is sometimes grown unsustainably through cutting down rainforests or using fossil fuel-derived fertilizers, much of it is still produced in an environmentally friendly manner.
Typically, if the soybeans are grown in the USA and are organic, you can rest assured that they were grown sustainably. You can look for specific certifications that guarantee the soy was sustainably grown, including Triple S certification (Sustainably Sourced & Supplied).
If your primary motivator for choosing a soy wax candle is the environment, look for certification or investigate where the soy wax comes from.
Supports Local Farmers
If you're taking the extra step to source soy wax from soybeans grown in the United States or the country nearest to you, you are supporting the local farmers who are working hard to produce food and other crops.
With an economy that has become incredibly globalized, it's an excellent step to help out farmers growing in your area so they can improve their own lives and the lives of their children.
You're also helping the environment in another more indirect way since the soybeans did not have to ship as far.
Soy Burns Cleaner
It's not just where we source soy that makes it more sustainable. When we burn paraffin wax, it can release toxins into the air. This isn't only carbon and other greenhouse gases, either. Paraffin wax also releases known carcinogens that are terrible for human health.
Soy does not release these same toxins and produces a significantly reduced amount of carbon, making it a better choice both for the environment and for your lungs.
Reduced Soot Damage
If you love burning candles, you've probably seen a black build-up on the inside of a candle jar, or worse, on your walls and ceiling. This soot comes from burning paraffin candles, or more rarely, from burning a natural wax candle improperly.
Soot can permanently damage your home, leaving stains that you can't wash off. It can also damage carpeting and is what makes candles bad for the environment. Soot is carbon in a visible form—the same stuff that warms the atmosphere at twice the average rate.
If your soy candle has ever left black soot, chances are it wasn't pure soy, but a blend with paraffin wax. It's also possible the wick is to blame, as sometimes zinc wicks can also leave this residue.
Soy Wax Has a Great Scent Throw
Let's face it; most of us love candles because of the many beautiful scents available. If you've ever lit up a candle with a promising scent only to find it quickly loses its smell, or to find the smell underwhelming, you know what it's like to be a victim of poor scent throw.
Soy wax can have an excellent scent throw for vegetable wax, and it can be mixed with other waxes to improve it even more. Here at Heiroma, we combine coconut wax with soy for maximum scent throw.
If you are looking for a scented candle that lasts a long time, soy wax is a great choice, perhaps even one of the best.
One final benefit to soy wax candles is that they tend to last much longer than paraffin wax candles. In fact, they may last as much as 50% longer. If you've ever looked at the price of a soy candle and thought you were saving money by choosing a paraffin wax candle, you might be wrong.
Although paraffin wax candles usually cost less, you'll be at the store twice as frequently to pick up candles, and that's not counting all of the other flaws that come with less desirable paraffin candles.
There are a vast number of benefits to soy wax, especially if you care about the environment. Soy wax is more sustainable, clean-burning, and offers a longer-lasting candle than other types of wax.
If you've been looking for a way to enjoy the beauty of candles in your home but want to do it safely, soy wax is the right choice for you