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Soy wax: advantages and disadvantages

In addition to being indispensable decor in the interior, candles have an almost magical effect, they evoke memories and emotions and set the tone for a pleasant and pleasant atmosphere. However, not all candles are of the same quality, which is primarily reflected in the material, i.e. the wax, from which they are made. Some waxes simply do not meet expectations. With the increase in environmental awareness, consumers are looking for more environmentally friendly and sustainable options. And that's where soy wax comes into play , as a fantastic alternative to traditional wax.

Whether you are a candle maker or a customer interested in a healthier, eco-friendly candle, this article will tell you everything you need to know about soy wax and its pros and cons.

How is soy wax made?

Soy wax is made from soybeans, which are first cleaned, peeled and roasted to remove all impurities. The soybeans are then crushed and pressed to extract the oil, which is then refined and hydrogenated to produce soy wax.

Soy wax is produced under strict quality control, and is also certified to meet certain standards for purity, color and odor retention.

benefits of soy wax

Benefits of soy wax

  • Versatile application

With soy wax, the possibilities are endless. It is used for making candles in containers, scented and tea candles or scented waxes. In addition, soy wax with additives and soy wax mixed with other types of wax can be used to make freestanding candles, from traditional pillar candles to unique and creative shapes, making soy wax the perfect medium to unleash your creative spirit.

  • It looks nice

Soy wax has a creamy, smooth texture that makes it easy to work with and results in a beautiful, polished finish to the candle. Whether you're making candles for personal use or for sale, soy wax is the perfect choice for creating perfect, high-quality candles that are sure to impress.

  • It smells even better

Soy wax is also known for its ability to hold and release fragrance exceptionally well, allowing candle makers to infuse their creations with a wide range of rich and luxurious scents. Whether you prefer sweet, floral scents or rich, earthy aromas, soy wax is the perfect base for using your fragrance of choice.

  • Eco-friendly and non-toxic

Soy wax is derived from soybeans, making it a sustainable, renewable and eco-friendly candle-making option and a popular choice for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

But soy wax offers more than an eco-friendly option. It is also hypoallergenic and non-toxic, making it a safer option for households with pets and children.

  • Vegan and cruelty-free

The production and harvesting process does not harm animals or insects in any way.

  • It burns cleanly

Soy wax produces minimal soot when it burns, meaning it won't leave a residue on walls, ceilings or furniture. This makes it a cleaner option for burning indoors.

  • Economical

Soy wax has a lower melting point than traditional waxes, which means that soy candles burn slower and last longer. This results in a more economical candle, as you can enjoy the warm, pleasant glow of your candle for hours.

  • It is easy to clean

Soy wax is easier to clean compared to paraffin wax because the substance is soluble in water.

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Disadvantages of soy wax

While soy wax has many benefits, there are some potential drawbacks to consider:

  • Crystallization 

A common complaint about soy wax is the visual "glaze" - white crystalline formations on the surface of the candle. The polymorphic nature of soy wax means that it easily forms crystals over time, and also crystallizes due to temperature changes. There is no way to avoid or prevent this, but it is only a cosmetic defect of the candle and the natural behavior of soy wax, which in no way affects the quality of the candle's burning.

  • Bumps

A layer of rough, bumpy wax texture may appear after the first or subsequent uses of the candle. It is also a phenomenon that occurs naturally in all soy waxes as the layer of melted wax cools and solidifies at different speeds.

Some candle manufacturers use these two flaws as a marketing tactic and a sign that an all-natural plant wax is being used.

  • Solidification

Pure soy wax candles need a certain period of time after pouring to stabilize. Curing the candle for about two weeks in a relatively constant temperature range allows the wax to completely harden and connect with all the molecules of the scented oils contained in it.

  • Shrinkage

Soy wax can shrink as it cools, which can cause the candle to separate from the walls of the container it's in, or cause air pockets to form.

  • Sensitivity to temperature

S ojin wax can be more sensitive to temperature changes and may require special handling to prevent melting or cracking.

  • Price 

Soy wax is often more expensive than other types of wax, making it a more expensive option for candle makers as well as customers.

In the end, when everything is considered, it is not difficult to conclude that soy wax is the perfect choice for anyone who wants environmentally friendly and high quality candles.

If you haven't yet joined this popular trend in the world of candle making, it's time to switch to soy wax. Say goodbye to harmful chemicals and soot and say hello to a brighter, cleaner and more sustainable future.



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