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What Are Soy Candles?

Updated on February 1, 2020
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Soy candles

Candle making has become a more popular past-time in recent years. The most popular materials used for candle making have been paraffin and beeswax. More and more people are starting to use more exotic materials for their candles. One such material that is becoming more popular in the candle making world is Soy. A typical Soy candle is made from just Soy wax with nothing added to it. Soy candles are becoming more popular because they are all natural and do not need any fragrances added to them. Soy wax gives off a pleasant aroma on its own so when making a Soy candle there is no need to add essential oils or other materials that give a pleasant fragrance. There are various different methods for making Soy candles and each one can give off a slightly different aroma. Some methods will produce a candle that has a strong Soy smell whilst other methods will produce candles with a much lighter fragrance.

Orange & Geranium Soy Wax Pillar Candle

Soy Pillar Candle
Soy Pillar Candle

What is soy?

Soy is made from soybeans.

Soybeans are a delicious edible legume that originates from East Asia. They are widely grown throughout East Asia due to them being packed full of nutrients. Soybeans are used to make a huge variety of products the most well known being Tofu and soy milk. They are also used in making a variety of meat substitute products because they can be processed and have a meat-like texture. Plant-based meat products are becoming more and more popular due to people starting to realize that cattle farming is not as sustainable as it once was and is damaging the environment.

Soy milk is made by soaking the whole soybeans and then boiling them up. They are then blended and strained. Tofu is made by coagulating soy milk and pressing it into blocks, similar to the way cheese is made.

Soy wax is made by extracting the oils from harvested soybeans. Soy wax has a variety of different uses and is used in organic polishes, beauty products, and candles. Soy candles are beautiful to look at, burn pleasantly and can be made to give off amazing aromas. Soy wax candles are becoming more popular because they are fun and easy to make at home and are pretty much carbon neutral. They are also sustainable and help the environment.

Soy candles make great gifts for friends and family and no animals are harmed in the process of making them.

Adding fragrances to your soy candles gives your house a very pleasant smell. They are fantastic for aromatherapy and can give your home a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere.

Some of the best fragrances to use in your soy candles are:

  1. lavender
  2. citrus fruits
  3. sage
  4. mint
  5. chocolate
  6. cinnamon
  7. rose

Soy wax is very neutral so pretty much any scent that you like can be added to a soy wax candle. It is all up to you. Pick a scent that you like and run with it, maybe something that helps relax you or something that brings back a particularly pleasant memory.

Scented soy wax candles

Horus Soy Wax Candles

Horus Scented Candle Hand Poured with Wooden Wick in a Box, 100% Natura Vegan, 9.8 Ounce 280 Grams Soy Wax in a Tin Jar, Stress Relief & Relaxing Highely Scented Aroma with Coconut & Mango Fragrance
Horus Scented Candle Hand Poured with Wooden Wick in a Box, 100% Natura Vegan, 9.8 Ounce 280 Grams Soy Wax in a Tin Jar, Stress Relief & Relaxing Highely Scented Aroma with Coconut & Mango Fragrance
I love these candles. They have a very concentrated aroma and give off a very relaxing scent. I use these quite often when I have had a stressful day at work and wish to relax and unwind.
 

Advantages of Soy candles

One of the interesting thing about Soy candles is that they do not require a wick to function, a wick can be used but it isn't a requirement. The Soy candles that are made with a wick is used the same way as all other candles with wicks. The wickless Soy candles can be used in a variety of other ways. One of the safest ways to use a wickless Soy candle is to use a warmer plate. This is an electric plate that the candle sits on top of. The plate is plugged in, turned on and then gently heats the candle. The candle begins to melt and release its wonderful scent. Wickless candles are great for students living in dorm rooms because most dorms ban the use of candles because of the fire hazard that they present. Wickless candles mean that a student can have a candle in their room to create pleasant smells without the risk of burning down the entire dorm.

A lot of amateur and expert candle makers enjoy using Soy because the results are quite amazing. It is an easy wax to use and it looks, smells and feels great. Soy wax has a smoothness and glossiness to it that is achieved without the use of additives. To get the same result with paraffin or beeswax some additives would need to be added to the wax to make nice glossy, smooth textured candles. The lack of additives needed is also great for keeping down the cost of making the candles. For a standard beeswax candle it would require, beeswax, additives like stearic acid and Vybar, etc. It is less expensive to produce a Soy candle because there is no need for Vybar or Stearic acid.

One of the best things about making Soy candles is that Soy wax is quite a bit cheaper than the other commonly used forms of wax. Although Soy wax is cheaper than paraffin and bees wax at the moment this is likely to change as more people become interested in making Soy candles. On the flip side that will probably mean that the price of bees wax and paraffin will eventually come down as demand for those waxes wanes. Soy wax is also great for those who wish to make candles for profit. There are bigger profits to be made from Soy candles because of the wax being so much cheaper. Lower costs means more money can be made. As well as lower price for the base wax there is no need to use additives so that brings the cost of production right down as well.

Soy candles are great for people with asthma and allergies and other such conditions that can be worsened by smoke and heavy scents. Some candles can have quite over powering scents that can cause people with respiratory problems to be unable to use them. Asthma sufferers can be affected by the smoke given off by a candle or from the pungent odors given off by scented candles. Soy candles are great for people like this because the wax is all natural so the candle doesn’t give off much smoke, if any. Soy candles also have a light and refreshing scent that is not cloying so is unlikely to cause irritation.

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More about Soy Candles

When it comes to candle making there are plenty of people out there who enjoy it as a hobby, there are even those who make a profit from it and turn their candle making hobby into a profitable business. Of these people there are only a small percentage who use Soy wax for candle making. Soy wax is an excellent alternative to bees wax and paraffin because it is cheaper than the latter and is easier to use. Soy wax has a lower melting point than the other waxes so it melts much quicker, which means that Soy candles can be crafted much faster. Whilst Soy wax is not readily available in all craft stores it is becoming more and more common to find it in them. Soy wax is readily available online and can be bought for a fraction of the cost of other waxes. Soy wax is natural and requires no additives so is more cost effective for those who sell candles for a living.

Candle making with Soy Wax

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