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What are soy candles?

Soy Candles
Soy candles are made from soy wax, which is hydrogenated soybean oil. Soy wax was invented in 1992 by Michael Richards who was looking for a cheaper alternative to beeswax. As he entered the candle industry he realized there was a growing demand for natural wax candles. Soy wax is often mixed with fragrances to produces scented soy candles. They are available in supermarkets and specialized stores and can also be bought online. It is also easy and very rewarding making soy candles at home.

Advantages of soy candles

Soy candles have to following advantages compared to paraffin wax candles:

Soy candles are cheap - Beeswax is a great natural alternative to paraffin, but to get the same results as a soy-based candle, it is very expensive. Soy wax is a new alternative to paraffin wax that is cost effective. Soy wax is also made from a renewable source.

Soy wax is natural - Soy wax is a favorite of environmentally conscious people because it is made from a renewable source and is not made from petroleum.
Burning soy candles does not increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere. However, some suppliers may add some synthetic wax or paraffin to their soy wax to adjust its physical characteristics.

Soy candles last longer - Some suppliers claim that soy candles can last up to 50% longer than paraffin candles. Our tests could not confirm this claim.

Wax spills are easy to clean - It's very difficult to remove paraffin wax from furniture or textiles. Soy wax spills can easily be cleaned up with hot soapy water.

Soy candles produce less soot - Soot should be avoided because it is very unhealthy and can eventually coat furniture and walls. Soy candles produce about 90% less soot than paraffin candles.

Scented soy candles distribute more flavour - The incorporation of soybean oil lowers the melting point of the candle, which translates into cooler burning candles and faster scent dispersion. The lower melting point of soy wax results in a larger size of the liquid wax pool around the candle wick. It is from this liquid wax pool that the essential oils evaporate into the atmosphere.


Nature Wax C-3 100% soy wax

Has anyone tried the Nature Wax C-3 100% soy wax? If so, what is your experience?
Amy - 10/12/2013

paraffin wax


This is Shandong haotian Group Exp and Imp Limited . Glad to get your info from my English friend .

As I know , you have interest in purchasing paraffin from Chinese mainland .
We supply Normal Paraffin , Liquid Paraffin, Fully refined Paraffin , Kerosene to EU ,Indian amd other markets for several years.

Please contact me for any questions .

daphne - 22/04/2014

Heat of Combustion?

Hi! What is the heat of combustion for soy wax?
Hannah - 02/03/2015

Wax Chandler

Hannah, Heat of combustion varies by the type of wax used. Flash point is generally over 500 F. for soy waxes (varies depending on additives). Most of the candles my company makes burn between 110 and 140 depending on the blend, dye, and scenting ingredients.
Craig - 20/07/2015

Setting up a candle manufacturing company

Am interested in setting up a candle manufacturing company in Kenya which is in Africa is it possible for you to help me source for the equipment.

kimani Mbugua - 31/08/2015

Soy wax as wood preservative?

Can soywax be used as a wood preservative for childrens toys?
Does it breakdown and go rancid like other oils?
I am searching for safe alternatives to varnish and beeswax is pricey!
VTjeans - 04/09/2015

Soy wax as wood preservative?

I do not think that soy wax will get rancid but soy wax is not eatable, unless you can get some confirmation from the producer. There is no legislation wit regards to soy wax. Anyone can sell soy wax mixed with a certain percentage of paraffin and still call it soy wax. It may also contain chemical additives to change its properties.
Rob - 04/09/2015

soya wax candle

Interesting to learn that candle can be made from soybean oil. Would you provide me with info concerning the process and machinery used to do this.
Richard kapalaula - 11/02/2016

soya candle

nice work. i want soy wax i am from india my phone no 9427115558 pl call me or mail thanks
het sha - 13/12/2016


i want soya wax i am from india and my contact no. is 7228880807
vinod vala - 30/01/2017

soy wax in Nairobi

Where can I buy soy wax in Nairobi.
Susan - 10/11/2018


I can I source soy candle wax from Kenya. We want to help women in kenya make soy candles but we need to source the soy wax in Kenya. Please refer me to a source. Thank you
Trisha - 25/08/2019

Hydrogenation plant to make soy wax for candles

I would like to set up a hydrogenation plant to make soy wax for candles in South Africa. Does anyone know the specifics on pressure, catalyst percentage and temperature?
Dirk Boshoff - 02/09/2019

Making soy candles

I make soy candles and wondered if any other soy candle makers prefer to leave their 'frosted' tops? When I first started making them, I tried and tried to pour perfect tops and got frustrated with it. After many hours of pouring and researching the soy I have decided that I will leave them alone. I always was under the impression that the tops had to be perfect for selling but I now realize its not about perfection at all...but rather about a really beautiful smelling pretty candle!
Also read that the frosting is a sign to my customers that the soy is in fact natural and some people look for it that way!
Gsaba - 12/10/2019

Making soy candles

Tell your customers that frosting is a proof of using natural soy wax and that it actually creates a rustic appearance. You can minimize frosting by playing with your pour temperature and by using soy waxes that are more resistant to frosting, for example EcoSoya CB-Advanced Soy.
Rob - 12/10/2019

Soybean Wax in Kenya

Where can I buy Soybean wax in Kenya?
Simply - 26/04/2020

Soy wax

Dear Sir/ Madam,
Do you supply soy wax?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind Regards,
Vanessa Akiwumi
Vanessa Akiwumi - 05/05/2020

Soy wax in kenya

Could you know where can I find soy wax in Kenya?
Virginia - 09/07/2020

soy wax in kenya

where can i find soy wax in kenya?
if you are a supplier please email
Chuck - 23/07/2020

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