When shopping for candles, the first thing on every person's mind is the scent. What they are made from is just as important! Typically, candles are either made from paraffin wax or soy wax. Please look at the candles you have around the house, and the label should tell you what they're made of.
Here at Freedom 226, we strive to provide our customers with the best and all-natural products. Our candles are hand-poured, and the base is a soy wax blend. Let's look at the differences between paraffin wax and soy candles and what makes our candles so unique.
How is Soy Wax Made?
To start, soy wax is all-natural. It's made from, well, soybeans. More specifically, it's made from soybean oil. Usually, a mechanical press is used to extract the oil from the soybeans. The raw oil is then refined and bleached before it can be sold. Searching for the exact process could be challenging because soy wax manufacturers are usually very secretive about their techniques.
The most crucial step in the production of soy wax is the hydrogenation of soybean oil.
What is Hydrogenation Process?
Hydrogenation is a process where the raw soybean oil is solidified to increase viscosity. That means the oil and hydrogen are mixed at very high heat, and to do this, hydrogen is chemically reacted with oil in the presence of Nickel catalyst, which elevates the temperature to very high degrees ( approx. 140-225°C), so the hydrogen dissolves in the oil. While the hydrogenation process, it is essential to stir the mixture to keep the desolvation uniform. As the hydrogen dissolves, saturated fats are created. Saturated fats are NOT suitable for eating, but they are excellent for making soy wax candles.
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Why is Soy Wax Better?
Candles made with soy wax are being created from renewable sources. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum. Yes, that petroleum. Paraffin wax comes from coal and oil shale. Even though paraffin wax is coming from a natural source, it's not considered a natural product. The process of creating paraffin wax emits harmful chemicals, making it not great for the environment.
When you choose to buy soy candles, you can feel good about your purchase. Soy wax may contain other ingredients, but nothing artificial combined into the soy wax during production.
Soy Wax or Paraffin Wax for Candles?
If you do internet research, you will find out quickly that this is a highly debated topic in the candle community. But soy wax is considered better and more healthy to be used as candle wax. That's why Freedom 226 brings you an all-natural experience without having to worry about the ingredients. We use all-natural soy wax for all of our products, and we have earned the reputation of one of the Best Scented Candle manufacturers in Texas.
Why Soy Wax Has An Quality Edge Over Traditional Paraffin Wax??
- You can rest easy knowing that soy wax is 100% biodegradable, while paraffin wax is a by-product of gasoline and not considered healthy for the environment.
- Soy wax has a quality to burn slower than paraffin, so your candles will last longer. Soy wax is even easier to clean up than paraffin wax is!
- While paraffin wax is mass-produced, soy wax is usually a locally sourced item by candle manufacturers. Purchasing soy wax candles helps to support local farmers.
- Soy wax is also non-toxic, making it much safer than paraffin wax for anyone in your home.
- Soy wax burns cleaner and won't leave soot that you may find with paraffin wax candles.
To sum it up, soy wax is an all-natural product that we use to make our candles. It's non-toxic and made from soybeans, a renewable source, and farmed right here in America. There's nothing artificial in soy wax, either.
When you purchase a Freedom 226 candle, you're getting a sustainably made and healthy product for you and the environment.