30 April 2021.

Why we use soy wax at Wickpy.

We spend around £2 billion a year on candles in the UK and our desire to burn wax shows no sign of stopping.

We light candles to create a mood, for the glow, scent, aesthetic and message, and many of us are interested to know how our candles may be impacting us.

These days we are becoming increasingly conscious of the effect we are having on the environment, this week learning that the world's glaciers are melting at accelerating levels.

In this post we focus on the two best selling candle waxes today - paraffin and soy - and look at them both paying attention to their health and environmental credentials. 

soy wax

Paraffin wax.

Made from crude oil, the wax itself is removed from the oil by solvents to give it good fluidity at low pouring temperatures.

Many candle-makers argue that paraffin wax is a by-product of the oil industry and its use is therefore justified because it is not directly contributing to the extraction and burning of fossil fuels.

From a health perspective, paraffin is contains benzene, a known carcinogen. Some argue that candles are tiny and therefore it’s just a tiny amount. This may be true but is it worth the risk?

Benzene has been banned in the UK for many uses.

"Before its toxic nature was realised, benzene was previously used in cosmetics (for example aftershaves), domestic (cleaning) solvents and in the process of decaffeinating coffee. Its use in such consumer products or processes is no longer permitted." (source: gov.co.uk)

paraffin pillar candle

A paraffin wax pillar candle.

Soy wax.

Soy wax is made from soybean oil which is derived from, you guessed it, soybean plants.

Again, solvent extraction is used to separate the oil from the solids.

The oil is bleached and hydrogenated to make it into a wax.

Soy wax contains transfats and is also a by product of the agriculture industry which means that some solids are used as cattle feed, which won't work for everyone.

Soy wax produces less soot and has less toxic chemicals than paraffin, making it a healthier option for the home compared with paraffin.

There is no denying that soy production has its pitfalls as rainforest is routinely cleared for the production of soybean to meet growing global demand for meat products.

To address this concern we source our wax from soybeans produced sustainably in Europe.

upcycled soy wax aromatherapy candles

Container candles made using soy wax.

Final thoughts.

Here at Wickpy our aim is to enjoy safe, clean candles that contribute positively to our bodies, minds, society and the planet.

For this reason, we choose to include soy wax in our candle-making kits.

As candle makers, we want to reduce carbon in our candles and enjoy the healing aromatherapy qualities of pure essential oil blends. 

If you'd like to pour your own aromatherapy soy candles, be sure to check out the store for our full range of candle-making kits.

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Thank you for following our journey and happy candle-making!

Love, W.x

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