The internet is bustling with information about soy. You can find equal amounts of articles against soy as you can for soy. The common vilification of soy usually arises from the consumption of soy, but hardly is the use of soy for non-consumable items discussed. At Bath, Body, Candle Moments, we use soy wax for all of our candles. We vary between Golden Wax Brands and Eco Soya Brands. The reasons we use soy wax over paraffin or beeswax are because of the value for the quantity, the sustainability, American Farmer support, it’s a renewable resource, and the scent-throw.
The process for creating soy wax is called hydrogenation, which breaks down the oil from soy beans into saturated and unsaturated oils. After this process, the brands Eco Soya and Golden Wax both use manufacturing to eliminate the presence of GMM (Genetically Modified Materials), herbicides, and pesticides. Both brands are also considered Kosher, and go through multiple tests to be approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Because Bath, Body, Candle Moments also uses cotton wicks, we are proud to say we are GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) compliant.
So how does soy wax benefit American Farmers? American Farmers are the #1 producer of soy beans in the world. Because it’s a completely renewable resource, once soy beans are picked, they can be harvested again. What does that mean exactly? It means that using soy beans doesn’t “steal” from the Earth; the harvest can be returned. Harvesting soy cannot claim to be 100% organic because it is necessary to use herbicides, pesticides, and GMMs while growing, but the finalized wax is FREE of these materials. While this idea may be a turn-off for some people – “Why would you grow using all of those unnatural resources?” – It’s important to realize the need for these in order to maintain healthy crops and keep jobs. This process has been perfected over the years, protecting the farmers and the needed crops. A great article on farmers practices is from Food Nutrition Science, which explains, in detail, how these are used.
How does soy wax compare against paraffin and beeswax? Paraffin is derived from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. This makes it completely non-renewable because paraffin comes from crude oil, which cannot be grown or manufactured; it must be elicited directly from the Earth. Because of this base, paraffin burns harsher, with more soot, and dirtier, meaning the chemical reaction between the burning and paraffin release toxins and carcinogens. Soy candles also produce soot, but if candles are cleaned correctly, they produce significantly less than paraffin. Beeswax is often boasted as having higher health benefits compared to soy, it also boasts that it does not require fragrances, but it doesn’t shed light on the abuse of bees. Creating beeswax is a natural process for bees, when done in stages, but bees harvested for beeswax are tricked with scents and false seasons to produce beeswax 24/7, thus destroying the life of the bee.
All in all, we believe in the use of soy wax for our candles. We do not claim to be 100% organic because we do use fragrance oils to create our amazing scents, but we can proudly say that we use the highest quality and most natural possible products to produce fragrant candles. Please remember, wherever you decide to buy candles, that if they have fragrance or color, no matter what type of wax it claims to be, it is NOT really organic.