Soy Wax A History

Natural Aromatic Candles use Soy Wax because:

Natural Soy Wax burns much cooler than all the other waxes so is safer around Children it wont burn if they accidentally spill it on themselves. In fact do this test (I do when I am at a market) after the candle has been burning for an hour or so insert you finger in the pool of melted wax at the side of the container, watch the faces of the onlookers then get them to try, it amazes them how cool the wax is.

How the Candle is made

Care is taken to use only Natural Soy Wax and with cotton wicks impregnated with soy to give you the all-natural candle experience. Soy Wax is a low temperature wax so is melted to low to mid 50′s C drawn down to high 40′sC degrees where I add the colour and fragrance stirred until the temperature reaches low 40′s degrees then poured into your container allowed to set overnight then packaged as needed

This is why I can use good quality glass containers, which after you have used the candle you can easily wash in hot soapy water to have a vase or container for a different purpose, alternatively bring it back for me to refill, change colour and fragrance too if you wish to have it in a different room.

Other benefits of burning Scented Soy Wax are it only gives off about 5% of smoke a paraffin candle does without any of the known toxins and soot, so by using natural Scented soy wax you will keep you home cleaner.

Scented Soy Candles last up to 50% longer than paraffin candles, with a much cleaner burn at cooler temperatures while giving off its fragrance to fill the room in its fragrance.

Soy Wax is inert with no smell when I get it so I am able to use the best quality Natural Oils, Fragrant Oils and Essential oils either singular or in combination in the wax to give you a Natural Aromatic Candle which you can enjoy for the full life of the candle.

Soy wax history

Soy wax is quite a recent invention. It was only in 1991, when Michael Richards, when looking for an alternative for beeswax, that he developed soy wax.

There was a big demand for natural wax candles, but beeswax was about 10 times more expensive than paraffin. As he entered the candle industry with beeswax products he realized there was a growing demand for natural wax candles. Michael tested different natural plant waxes and finally ended up with a vegetable wax that was made with partially hydrogenated soy oil, coconut oil and palm oil. He also blended beeswax with soy wax to make an economical natural wax candle.

Commercialisation of soy wax In 1995, the Body Shop, a national chain of stores, was the first to offer soy candles to the general public. The first natural wax candles which were delivered to the Body Shop were a mixture of beeswax and almond oil. Later this almond oil was completely replaced with soy wax. In 1996 Michael succeeded in replacing the expensive beeswax with soy wax. The candle wax then mainly consisted of hydrogenated soybean oil.

The soy wax producer Candleworks negotiated in 1997 a research project with the University of Iowa which resulted in the study: “Increasing the Use of Soybeans in the Manufacturing of Candles”. In 1998 The Indiana Soybean Board unveiled at the Farm Progress Show special patented soy wax, Harvest Lights, which was developed by a farmer-funded group. Since 1999 a lot of research was done to proof the benefits of soy wax. This resulted in 2 scientific publications:

Cargill bought in 2001 the patent of Michael’s soy wax innovation. Now Cargill manufactures soybean wax, which is supplied to soy wax candle producers.

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