Updated: Apr 3
What is Soy Wax?
Soy wax is derived from soybeans, which is one of the largest agrictultural crops grown in the U.S. After the beans are harvested, they are then cleaned, cracked, de-hulled and rolled into flakes. Soybean oil is extracted from the flakes and the leftover flakes are used for animal feed. It's natural, non-toxic, environmentally friendly and is a renewable resource.
There are a variety of waxes that candles are made from, including paraffin, granulated wax, palm wax beeswax, bayberry and soy wax mixed with additives. Each type of wax affects candle performance in a different way. Since soybeans are grown extensively, soy wax is readily available and renewable. Other natural candle waxes like beeswax or bayberry can be very expensive and their supply is limited.