What is soy wax and how is soy wax made?
Soy wax is vegetable wax derived from the oil of soybeans and is primarily used in candles. After they are harvested, the beans are cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and rolled into flakes. It is from these flakes that the oil is extracted to then be hydrogenated. Hydrogenating oil is the process of converting some of its fatty acids from unsaturated to saturated, which raises the melting point of the oil to where it is a solid at room temperature. The end result is soy wax!
Why do we use soy wax?
Our Mini Wax Melts are 100% soy — many soy candles and melts have some amount of paraffin or beeswax in them because of soy wax’s relatively lower melting point. Adding other ingredients to soy candles prevents them from melting in hot weather, but because our melts are supposed to — well, melt, we don’t add anything to them! By using purely soy, which is a natural product, our melts and their production are eco-friendly. Additionally, soybean plants are not scarce in the least, so soy wax is completely renewable.