Soy wax is a natural plant-based wax that is much better for the environment than traditional waxes. Often, and especially in the case of cheap candles, wax is paraffin-based which basically means it’s produced from petroleum/coal and other fossil fuels. Soy wax however is produced from the soybean, which means it’s a completely renewable resource. Upon harvest soybeans undergo processing during which they are cleaned, cracked and eventually broken into flakes. The end result is that the flakes, which now resemble wax, provide a 100% green source of clean burning for all-natural candles. The leftover bean husks are usually used as animal feed so there’s no additional waste.
Benefits of Soy Wax
- It’s 100% green: it’s a completely renewable resource, there is no relying on paraffin-based wax.
- It lasts longer: it burns at a lower temperature than paraffin-based wax which means that it isn’t consumed as quickly, giving you more enjoyment out of your candle.
- It burns cleanly: because it’s a vegetable-based wax there is minimal soot produced by the flame.