As I go around the Country to events and fairs, I am often asked, Why Soya wax?

First, let’s start by defining soya wax.  Soya wax is a vegetable wax derived from – you guessed it – soyabeans.  Most of the world’s soyabeans are grown and harvested in the USA.  After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes, at which point the oil can be extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated (the leftover flakes are used for animal feed).  The process of hydrogenating the oil alters the melting point of the oil, making it solid at room temperature and suitable for candle use.

You can't buy happiness, but you can by Soya candles... and that's kind of the same thing


By contrast, paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, coal, or oil shale.  It is made by removing the waxy substance from crude oil, a non-renewable resource.  Paraffin wax is the most commonly used wax to make candles, largely because it is cheaper and more accessible than soya wax.  So while soya wax is made from environmentally friendly, renewable resources, paraffin is a by-product of petroleum and thus non-renewable.

But the advantages don’t stop with the environment (although, that’s pretty compelling if you ask us). Soya wax also burns slower than paraffin wax, meaning you’ll get a candle that lasts longer. And while all candles emit some black soot while burning, soya wax burns cleaner and results in less soot than paraffin.  Soya is also an excellent carrier of fragrance, without requiring chemical amplifiers to enhance the scent throw and ensuring a well-balanced, true-to-scent candle.

So next time you purchase a soya candle from Peacock Handmade Limited, pat yourself on the back for making a smart choice!  Your home and nose will thank you.

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