Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The History & Advantages of SOY WAX

The History of Soy Wax
Soy Wax is quite a recent invention. It was only in 1991, when Michael Richards, when looking for a cheaper alternative for beewax, 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 Richard tested different natural plant waxes and finally ended up with a vegetable wax which 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.

Our Soy Wax that we use
EcoSoyaTM soy waxes are created with pure, 100% soybeans. Some of our waxes are then enhanced with carefully selected botanical oils. EcoSoyaTM waxes are non-petroleum renewable resources, promoting the growth and care of our environment while burning crisp and clean with a gentle natural glow. Enjoy the coziness of biodegradable EcoSoyaTM while doing something good for yourself and the environment.

The Making of Soy Wax
Soy Wax commences with soybeans from which the oil is separated. This oil is then purified to give pristine soybean oil which then goes through a process called hydrogenation turning it into a sollid. Unlike other vegetable or soy waxes on the market, EcoSoyaTM waxes are 100% vegetable , guaranteed! There are no beeswax or petroleum products hidden in it.

Advantages of Soy Candles
 Soy candles have the following advantages compared to paraffin wax candles:

Soy candles are cheap - Beeswax is a great natural alternative to paraffin, BUT to get the same results as a soy-based candle, it is very expensive. Soy wax is a new alternative to paraffin wax that is cost effective PLUS Soy wax is also made from a renewable source.

Soy wax is all-natural - soy wax is a favorite of environmentally conscious people because it is not made from petroleum, like paraffin candles are. Burning of soy candles doesn't increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere.

Soy candles last longer - They can last up to 50% longer than paraffin candles.

Wax spills are easy to clean - It's very difficult to remove paraffin wax from furniture or textiles. Soy wax spills can easily be cleaned up with a little warm soapy water & cloth.

Soy candles produce less soot - Soot should be avoided because it is very unhealthy and can eventually coat furniture and walls. Soy candles produce about 90% less soot than paraffin candles do.

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