How do you make a decision on which candle to buy for your home? Do you check the label to see what kind of wax you will be burning? Do you just pick what smells best? Does it matter? The majority of mass-produced candle companies may have soy as an ingredient, but the candles are not made from soy wax. Paraffin is the most commonly used candle wax today with soy wax, palm wax, synthesized waxes, and a blend of multiple are all options as well. Out of all the options, soy wax is the most beneficial both to you and the environment. That’s why at Blue House our candles are made of 100% soy wax.
What is Soy Wax? Soy wax is a 100% natural wax derived from the vegetable soybeans. Soybeans are one of the major agricultural crops grown in the United States, behind only corn. Most of the world’s soybeans are grown and harvested close to home for us in the Midwestern United States. After the beans are harvested, they are then cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. Soybean oil is extracted from the flakes and the leftover flakes are used for animal feed. Benefits of Soy Wax:
Soy Wax is non-toxic and cleaner-burning being made with no toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants which means our candles are less likely to trigger allergies. As a vegetable-based wax, it does not give off any harmful byproducts or produce black soot that can stain walls and curtains like the other leading waxes.
Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax and because of this, soy candles will burn slower and longer than paraffin candles. Oils evaporate better from a larger surface area and with the lower heat and larger melt pool soy wax creates a scent that will be that much stronger and more pleasant.
Soy wax is easier to clean because it is biodegradable. It can be easily cleaned up with soap and water.
Soy Wax is Natural, Renewable and Vegan derived from the soybean. This wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that turns into a solid at room temperature. You can even make your own soy wax from soybeans at home