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There are many reasons why you might love candles; they can be very attractive in their own right, when burnt they produce a beautifully warm light and if oils are added to them they will release a wonderful aroma into your room.
However traditional candles are made from paraffin, which is made from petroleum. This means that they are not very good for the environment. Paraffin is not a renewable resource, and when it is burnt it may release carcinogenic substances into the atmosphere. This is why many people are choosing to use soy wax candles rather than the traditional wax candles.
These Moroccan Style Scented Soy Wax Candles can be found at Natural Collection
Soy wax candles, made from the wax of the soya bean, are becoming increasingly popular for many reasons. Soybean wax, often referred to simply as "soy wax," is produced with hydrogenated soybean oil.
Soybean wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax. When soy wax candles first came on the market they were only sold as jar candles because they tended to melt too easily and were too greasy or brittle to make pillar candles.
However in the last few years the manufacture of soy wax candles has improved enormously and now it is possible to buy a range of pillar and taper candles made from soybean wax as well as jar candles.
This Noctua Hand Poured Soy Candle can be found at Ethical Superstore
Candle making is a fast growing and popular hobby, and using soy wax is a really good way of doing this. The lower melting point of soy wax has one great advantage for crafters; it means that it is much easier to make candles yourself at home, for example making candles in teacups.
Last updated 4th January 2018