What Exactly Are Soy Candles?
By Katya Cohen
Soy candles are actually quite new additions to the family
of commercial candles being sold in the market nowadays.
The main difference is that, instead of the regular
paraffin wax, they are made from a special kind of wax
known as soy wax. Soy candles are generally much friendlier
to the environment, but are in many ways, quite similar to
Soy wax is actually soybean oil that has been hydrogenated.
It was invented back in the year 1992 by a man named
Michael Richards. At that time, there was an increasing
demand for candles that are natural. The inventor was
searching for a less expensive alternative to the popular
beeswax, and eventually discovered soy wax. At present, soy
wax is available in both pellet and flake form. The color
of soy wax is off-white, and it is an opaque material.
As with regular paraffin candles, these candles can be
molded in different shapes and sizes, with a variety of
designs. They can have different colors, and can even be
scented. However, they also differ from regular candles in
First of all, soy wax has a low melting point. This is a
good property for candle makers, as this property makes soy
wax an easier medium to work with and to mold. Owners of
soy candles, however, must always keep this property in
mind, and make sure that their candles are placed in a dry,
cool place. When placed in direct sunlight, they can end up
melting and the wax can become unstable. Also, because of
this property, they tend to burn more slowly than regular
candles, allowing the candle to last longer.
One of the best things about soy is that it is non-toxic to
the environment. Soy is actually a plant-based substance.
Soy wax is a renewable resource and is a biodegradable
material. They are safe to use around children, and are
better for people who have allergies or asthma.
Soy candles are available in most gift stores and
supermarkets. They are also available in most specialty
stores and in online candle shops. Most, when bought,
usually have an information sheet along with it, explaining
the advantages of buying soy as compared to the regular
ones. In general, soy candles are slightly more expensive
than the regular paraffin candles.
If you want an eco-friendly candle that burns much longer
than regular candles, do buy soy candles!
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