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How Are Soy Wax Candles Manufactured?

Soy wax candles are natural & sustainable replacement of parrafin candles. You probably already know that soy offers several benefits compared to traditional materials like paraffin, which is why today we're going to share the secret of soy wax candles manufacturing. Where soy wax comes from? How whole soybeans are processed into wax in the first place?

DISCOVERING SOY WAX

Michael Richards, a candle maker, was looking for an inexpensive alternative to beeswax. He experimented  with many types of vegetable products and eventually discovered a way to create wax from soybean oil in 1991. His invention paved the way for a new kind of candle, which burned cleaner than paraffin and was less costly to produce than many alternatives.

 

THE REFINING PROCESS

Soy wax is derived from soybean oil. In order to produce wax, harvested soybeans are:

  • Cleaned
  • Cracked
  • De-hulled
  • Rolled into flakes

Next, the oil is extracted from these flakes using solvents or mechanical pressing and hydrogenated. During the hydrogenation process, fatty acids in the oil become saturated, which alters the melting point of the oil and makes it solid at room temperature. Soy wax is available in flakes or pellets.

HOW IS THE WAX MADE INTO CANDLES?

Candle makers melt soy wax flakes or pellets in boilers. During the melting process, they may add coloring, fragrance or essential oils to dye or add a pleasant scent to the candle. Wicks are typically prepared before the candle maker pours the melted wax into a jar to ensure the soy wax solidifies around the wick. After the candle is prepared, it is cooled at room temperature overnight.

 

Although the process is easy enough for everyone to learn, it requires a great deal of care and attention to make sure the fragrance and essential oils don’t evaporate, the coloring doesn’t clump, and the wax doesn’t separate from its container.

SUSTAINABLE SOURCES & PRODUCTION METHODS

Soy wax is plant-based, which means it directly supports farmers. Additionally, a byproduct of the oil production process, soy solids, is often used as cattle feed.

 

If you're looking for a soy wax candle for at-home aromatherapy and want to support your locals – meet our 5 SENSES collection of soy wax candles, sustainably made in the Baltic Sea States