Soy Candles are candles made from soy wax, which is a process form of soybean oil. They are usually container candles, because soy wax typically has a lower melting point than traditional waxes, but can also be made into pillar candles. If certain additives are mixed into the soy wax. Soy wax is a hydrogenated form of soybean oil. It is typically softer than paraffin wax and with a lower melting temperature, in most combinations, however, additives can raise this melting point to temperatures typical for paraffin-based-candles. The melting point ranges from 120-180 F. depending on the blend. Soy wax is available in flake or pellet form and has an offwhite, opaque appearance.It's lower melting temperature can mean that Soy candles will melt in hot weather. Since soy wax is usually made in containers, this is not much of an issue.
The soybean is often called the miracle crop. It is the world's foremost provider of protein and oil. The bushy, green soybean plant is a legume related to clover, peas, and alfalfa. Farmers plant soybeans in the late spring. During the summer, soybean flower and produce 60-80 pods, each holding three-pea-sized beans. In the early fall, farmers harvest their crop for these beans which are high in protein and oil. A 60-pound bushel of soybeans yeild about 48 pounds of protein-rich meal and 11 pounds of oil.
Some Soy candles are made up of a blend of different waxes, including beeswax, paraffin, or palm wax. Candle making additives that are sometimes used in soy candle making include stearic acid, vybar, mineral oil, petrolatum, luster crystals, dye/pigment, fragrance, paraffin wax, ultraviolet obsorbers, and bht crystals. Standard labeling of soy candles is not enforced, therefore any claims of benefits of these candles are not regulated. Yet there are studies claiming its safety over othe waxes when candles are used heavily.
Fact: Soy candles emit little soot, and no petrocarbon soot.
Fact: Soy candles burn up to 30% to 50% longer than paraffin candles.
Fact: Soybeans are a renewable resource and entirely biodegradable.
Fact: Soy wax is water soluble, and cleans up easily with soap and water.