Soy Wax Candles
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What is soy wax?
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature. The leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed.
What are the benefits?
Soy's greatest advantage is that it is completely renewable. While the global reserves of oil shrink and paraffin prices increase, the only limit to the soy supply is how much we choose to grow.
In addition to sustainability, a well-made soy candle will burn cleanly and slowly. While the performance and beauty of soy candles speak for themselves, soy wax is truly an eco-friendly, biodegradable and sustainable product.
Our partnership with Ecosoya
When we first set out to stock a line of soy waxes, the selection of was very important to us. We began a series of lengthy tests and in the end we were totally convinced that by far the worlds best soy waxes came from a company called Ngiwax in the USA. Natural Candle Supply is the exclusive agent for Ecosoya in Australia and New Zealand.
The making of soy wax
Soy Wax commences with soybeans from which the oil is separated. This oil is then purified to give pristine soybean oil which then goes through a process called hydrogenation turning it into a solid. Unlike other vegetable or soy waxes on the market, EcoSoya waxes are 100% vegetable, guaranteed! There are no beeswax or petroleum products hidden in it. Depending on the blend there may be a small amount of vegetable botanical oils added to give the waxes their unparalleled characteristics and performances. These ingredients are processed under close supervision with careful regard for secrecy. Only a select few people know the actual ingredients. Every ingredient has met with the approval of the United States Food and Drug Administration and Kosher Certification criteria.
Why Ecosoya is the better choice
-Biodegradable and free from pesticides, herbicides
-Contain no genetically modified material
-Manufactured using pure soy beans and contain no petroleum (paraffin waxes)
-Manufactured according to sustainability and renewable resource management
-Clean up with hot water and soap elimintating the need for harsh solvents.
- Every pound of wax is analyzed in a state of the art laboratory to assure its quality. Only after receiving a Certificate of Analysis guaranteeing a high, consistent standards does any wax leave the plant. Although we would like to call the wax organic, by process of the change from liquid to wax state this rules out the clasification, what we can say is that if you are looking for an Eco-friendly wax then our waxes are the global leader in this field. If you want a premium soy candle, then the only choice is Ecosoya.
Selecting the correct Soy Wax
We are often asked which soy wax to use, the answer is that for container candles such as tins, tea light or glassware then its a choice between CB 135 and CB Advanced, our preferred wax is the CB Advanced and this is due to its superior finish and stable long term shelf life, the CB 135 wax does work well in container candles, but you may find the surface finish to be not so smooth and creamy and also with time the surface finish on CB 135 can develop a frosting type look, whereas the CB Advanced is resistant to frosting. In our Soy waxes, you will have the choice of either Container/Tea Light Blends or Pillar/Votive Blends.
Container and Tea Light Blends - This wax is one and the same and can be used only in container type products. If you pour this wax into a container and then try and take the wax mould out to burn free standing then it will not hold its shape and the molten wax will run, so for this reason alone it is designed for use in containers. It also has minimal shrinkage so once you pour it into a tea light or container then it should stick well to the outside surface.
Pillar and Votive Blends - These are a harder wax, designed to be free standing, as such you can make either pillar candles or votives with this. This wax is not suitable as a container candle because the wax will shrink as it cools and therefore free itself from the container wall leading to rattle.