We loved the idea of using a natural alternative that works just as good, if not better than the highly toxic paraffin candles found in most stores. Soybeans are grown extensively making soy wax readily available & renewable. Other natural waxes like beeswax are a great alternative to paraffin candles but tend to be very expensive and their supply is limited.
Soy wax was invented by a group of college students in 1996 at Purdue University. The students were asked to develop a birthday candle using a renewable resource. They figured out how to solidify soy bean oil and won first place in the competition. Thanks to them we now have the opportunity to create naturally better for you clean burning Soy candles!
So how is Soy wax created? It comes from hydrogenated soybean oil and after harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. Because it is a softer wax it's used mostly in container candles and has a long burn rate.
You may be asking yourself. What is Paraffin?
It is the bad guy in the world of wax in our opinion and we believe cutting corners deserves a hand slap. You may have not even realized that such a toxic chemical was in your candle wax because it's a cheaper alternative to natural waxes like Soy wax. So what is it?
It's a refined gasoline by-product, the black sludge, derived from petroleum, and is found in most candles.
When burned in candles it creates toxic Benzene and Toluene which are the same chemicals found in diesel fuel fumes.
With that being said, know that, the cheaper the candle the more chemicals it probably has! Candles made of Soy must be labeled 100% Soy, to be natural, with no paraffin. Some companies will use only a small amount of Soy mixed with paraffin, and then lable them as "Soy candles" or "Soy blend". When you see the term blend it can be deceiving as you don't really know what other products or how much Soy is actually used in the candle.
You may have heard us use the term "clean burning". This is when your candle burns with little soot released. Soot is the black stuff you see on your candle vessels, walls, and surfaces. The amount of soot a Soy candle produces is far less than paraffin candles. Plus, Soy candles are non-toxic, meaning they don't release toxins into the air that are harmful to your health.
If your looking for longevity in your candles. Soy candles typically last longer then paraffin candles. Their slower burn rate and cooler burning temperatures make Soy candles longer-lasting which means you won't need to replace them as quickly.
One could say this last epic fact about Soy candles is the most important. We all love a room filled with beautiful aromas, Soy candles are known to hold their scent extremely well. They burn slow releasing their scent nice and steady instead of an immediate wave of a strong overpowering aroma. A more pleasant atmosphere is created and enjoyed for longer periods of time.
We hope you have fallen in love with the idea of a better candle alternative. Soy wax has become very popular in the quest for the perfect candle. We want you to have the opportunity to make your own Soy candles at home with moodWAX! You can also find comfort in knowing the benefits behind using Soy wax instead of other cheaper alternatives.
NOW THAT YOU'RE IN THE KNOW, GIVE MOOD A GO!