When it comes to shopping for wax melts, the scent and aroma shouldn’t be the only factor to consider. Melts can be made out of a variety of different waxes, with each wax having different properties that affect the performance. I use 100% soy wax for all of my products and that’s just one of the secrets that set my products apart from the rest!
Soy Wax is a Natural Product
I chose to work with soy because it is a natural product, made from the oil of soybeans. The beans are processed and manufactured into flakes before they’re pressed to extract the oil. Next, a process called hydrogenation changes fatty acids from unsaturated to saturated, altering the melting point, making them solid when cooler, it is then perfect for creating wax melts without the need for paraffin. The leftover husks from the process are not wasted, they are used as nutritious animal feed. The animals then help to fertilize the soybean fields.
Soy wax is made from environmentally friendly, renewable resources; whereas classic paraffin wax is made from petroleum and is non-renewable. Not only are there sustainable advantages to choosing soy over a different type of candle wax, but soy wax also burns slower than paraffin wax, meaning you get a product that lasts longer. Another reason to choose soy is the fact that it is an excellent fragrance carrier that does not require chemical amplifiers. The result is a well-balanced, true-to-scent product.
Soy wax comes from soybeans (surprise, surprise!). It’s actually made from soybean oil squeezed out of the beans. This oil is then turned into a solidified form through the process of hydrogenation. So it can also be simply considered hydrogenated soybean oil.
While soy is the main ingredient of this wax, there can be other non-soy ingredients as well. The production method can vary by manufacturer, as there’s a lot of experimentation when it comes to wax melts, especially those made with soy wax.
The other ingredients may or may not be vegan. But usually, soy wax does not contain any kind of toxic materials. In its purest form, it doesn’t really have any color and appears pale.
Melting Point and Burning Time
For today’s price-savvy consumers, purchases are all about value. And that’s a good thing!
So naturally, you’d want your wax melts or candles to last longer. While there are multiple factors affecting the overall burn time, there’s not much difference between the burning time of soy wax and paraffin wax. That said, soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin.
It is vital to de-stress and unwind in today’s busy modern world and we are all becoming more and more aware of self-care and our wellbeing. Enjoying soy wax products is a great way to help you relax peacefully in your home. In summary, soy wax is natural, biodegradable, and renewable. It is excellent to work with, clean-burning, and holds lots of fragrance. It is also vegan-friendly and cruelty-free. That is why I love soy wax.