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Why Soy Wax?

Why Soy Wax?

7 July 2019
Soy Wax Candles


At Olfactory Scent Studio, we are proud that our candles are made with NATURAL SOY WAX!

So, what is soy wax and why is it better than other wax? 

Soy wax is a vegetable wax derived from – you guessed it – soybeans, a majority of which are grown and harvested right here in the Midwest! After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and rolled into flakes, where the oil is extracted and hydrogenated. The leftover flakes are used for animal feed. This process alters the melting point of the oil, making it solid at room temperature – perfect for candles!

In contrast, most mass-produced candles are made from paraffin wax. This is largely because it is cheaper and more accessible than soy wax. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, coal, or oil shale, and made by removing the waxy substance from crude oil, a non-renewable resource. 

The key takeaway here? Soy wax is made from environmentally friendly, renewable resources, while paraffin is a by-product of petroleum and non-renewable.

But wait! There’s more! Soy wax also burns slower than paraffin wax, which means your candle will last much longer, too. And, while all candles emit some black soot while burning, soy burns cleaner than paraffin, resulting in less soot. Soy is also an excellent carrier of fragrance and requires no chemicals to enhance the scent throw.

Soy wax results in a clean-burning, long-lasting, and true-to-scent candle!