Soy candles

soy candles Candles have always been a symbol of welcome and celebration. The first candles were produced by the Egyptians who soaked the core of reeds in molten tallow. Later, the Romans developed the cotton wick candle.
Until recently the main source for candles was paraffin wax and beeswax.
Soy candles or soy wax candles are becoming very popular, mainly in the US. They are available in different forms (free standing, round, square, in containers).

Soy wax was invented in 1991 by Michael Richards, founderof Candleworks. As he entered the candle industry with beeswax products he realized there was a big demand for natural wax candles. Michael started experiments with plant waxes and vegetable oils to find a natural wax that could be cost-competitive with paraffin. Finally he developed a soy wax based on soybean oil and other vegetable oils.

Advantages of soy wax candles

The popularity of soy candles is attributed to the advantages:
  • Soy wax is burns very clean and creates very little soot. When you burn paraffin candles a lot of toxic soot is produced. Less soot helps to maintain better air quality and reduce home maintenance problems associated with soot deposits.
  • Soy wax is also very cheap. It costs 8 times less that beeswax.
  • Soy wax is easily cleaned form fabrics, glass and other materials just be cleaning them with water and soap.
  • Unlike paraffin candles, soy wax does not contain any petroleum or chemicals. Soy wax is non-toxic. Some claim that soy wax is edible, but we donít recommend to eat soy candles, especially if they contain colours and fragrances.
  • Soy wax candles can hold more fragrance than paraffin candles.
  • Soy wax is made from a renewable source: soybean oil.
  • Because of their lower melting temperature, soy wax candles burn longer.