Pillar candles offer a unique look to your decor, that is sure to attract attention to any table on which they are placed. They are lovely. The beautiful muted colors and textures are distinct enough to allow them to be arranged as a focal point within the room or to accentuate an already existing focal point.
Pillar candles are typically made from beeswax, paraffin or a blended soy wax. With the introduction of soy candles and the touted benefits of soy wax , scented soy candle pillars continue to increase in demand.
You might be thinking, what is soy wax? Soy candle wax is a vegetable wax derived from soybean oil. After soybeans are harvested they are cleaned, dehulled, cracked, and rolled into flecks. Oil is then extracted from these flecks and hydrogenated. In the process, unsaturated fatty acids present in the oil are saturated, thereby dramatically altering the oil's melting point. It then solidifies at room temperature.
Normally, soy wax melts at lower temperatures than most
traditional candle waxes. Generally, container candles, if they are
not made from paraffin wax are made from soy wax, like our soy
candle jars. The best in the universe I might add!! But don't take a
word for it, read what candle lovers are saying
about our soy candles.
Let it be known, however, that pure soy pillar candles, (pillar candles that contain only 100% soy wax) do not exist. Pure soy wax is much too soft to keep it's shape.
Most Soy Pillar candles are made with soy wax that is mixed or blended with additives. Pure soy wax is extremely soft and will not be able to hold it's shape after being taken out of the mold. If you blend the wax with additives, it will be able to. The additives increase the soy waxes rigidity to help the wax keep its shape.
The advantages ...you can have beautiful scented soy candle pillars that have the long burn time and no petro-soot, one of the many benefits of soy wax..
The disadvantages ...well, the use of synthetic additives. Synthetic additives will add to the toxicity of candles.
Some of the additives mixed with soy wax are vybar, petrolatum, mineral oil, stearic acid, synthetic wax, pigments and dyes, luster and butylated-hydroxytoluene crystals, and alkenyl bromide. Yuck!
There is a way to make natural soy pillar candles without the use of synthetic additives. You can simply add another type of natural wax to the soy wax making it more rigid. Adding beeswax, bayberry wax or palm wax is a great way to make soy pillar candles without the toxic synthetic additives.
We are on the lookout for more great scented soy pillar candles. Do you have a favorite soy pillar candle? We would loooooooove to know about it!! Below is our recommendation for great soy pillar candles.