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Benefits Of Soy Wax

What is soy wax?

Soy wax candles are made from soy wax. Soy 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.


History of Soy wax

Interestingly, soy wax was invented by a group of college students in 1996 at Purdue University. The students had to develope a birthday candle using a renewable resource. They chose to use soybean oil. The students figured out how to solidify soy bean oil and won first place in a competition, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Development Council and Purdue's Department of Agronomy.

Talking about this article from Purdue brings back fond memories. I remember finding this article online in 1998!! After learning about how harmful paraffin wax was from the E.P.A, I began to research alternative waxes for candlemaking.

At this time, Pure Integrity Candles did not exist yet. Actually, there was not a "soy candle" company online at that time. After reading this article, little did we know one day we would have a candle enterprise! Did you know, we were one of the first soy companies online, after this report was released?? Pretty neat huh. :)

The Purdue Invention of soy wax not only marked the beginning of Pure Integrity's soy wax candles  but, marked the beginning of the soy candle industry as a whole!

Many of the first soy candle companies are not around anymore, some still are. We are glad we are! We are thankful for the raving reviews are soy candles continue to get 9 years later as well as the fact that we are rated one of the best soy candles online at!!!!

Benefits of soy wax

  • Soy wax is derived from a vegetables, (soy beans), while it's counter partner, paraffin wax is derived from petroleum (a refined a gasoline product).
  • Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource.
  • Soy wax is biodegradable and cleans up with plain old soap and water.
  • Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax and because of this, soy candles will burn slower or longer than paraffin candles.
  • Soy wax burns with zero petro soot, creating petro soot free candles. Paraffin candles burn with petro-soot.

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