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Candle Wax...why I use soy

Written by Tamika Young

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Posted on September 27 2019

When I decided I wanted to make candles, it was for the sole purpose to use at home. But when I started doing my research, I learned way more than I bargained for. The majority of the candles that are sold at retail stores are made with chemicals (wax) that can be harmful or simply irritating, I knew I wanted to make candles that smelled good and would keep their scent throughout the burn process but I also wanted something that would be safe. Now there are three primary waxes to make candles with: beeswax, paraffin and soy. I selected soy because it didn't produce soot, doesn't irritate an individuals allergies and has the ability to absorb pure fragrance oils. 

Beeswax

Pros: 

  • Non-hazardous
  • Dyes are not tested on animals
  • Solvent free
  • Does not contain hazardous additives such as naphtha or naphthalene
  • We use a minute amount of dye in our candles, less than 0.0125%
  • None of the components in the dye is required to be listed in the California Proposition 65 list of cancer causing agents
  • Can be shipped in all weather conditions because of its high melt point

Cons:

  • Considered pricier than other waxes
  • Beeswax can be combined with other waxes to reduce manufacturing costs so it can be difficult to find 100% beeswax

Paraffin

Pros:

  • Inexpensive (about 9 times less than beeswax)

Cons:

  • Non-Renewable
  • It's a by-product of fossil fuels
  • It's equivalent to inhaling exhaust fumes
  • Creates a large amount of black sticky soot
  • Polymers are added to raise the melting point and improve burning qualities
  • Known to drip
  • Inability to use authentic scents

Soy

Pros:

  • Renewable resource
  • No known toxins in the raw wax
  • Biodegradable
  • Low melt temperature
  • Non-carcinogenic

Cons:

  • Soy products are commonly Genetically Modified, bleached and hydrogenated
  • Aesthetically, soy wax is not pretty and candles often develop bumps and lesions while burning
  • Soy wax goes rancid without preservatives
  • Limited type of candle can be made because the wax is so soft. Unable to make pillars, tapers or ornamentals
  • Soy wax is difficult to ship during hot weather because it will melt

I highly suggest anyone interested in making candles, do your research. I'm still learning everyday. 

 

Hope this article helped to explain why I selected soy and if any products are made with anything other, it will be listed.

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  • This article was very informative. I used to just go out and buy candles because of how they smell neglecting to see what was in them. This is why I will only purchase from IdaandChritines. Great smelling and made with the best ingredients.

    Posted by Lory Nunn | September 04, 2021
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