Updated: Feb 13
Soy wax is a vegetable wax derived from the oil of soybeans. After they are harvested, the beans are cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and rolled into flakes. It is from these flakes that the oil is extracted to then be hydrogenated. Hydrogenating oil is the process of converting some of its fatty acids from unsaturated to saturated, which raises the melting point of the oil to where it is a solid at room temperature. The end result is soy wax! If you’d like to learn more about how soy wax is made, check out this article from Soya.
What are the benefits?
Soy's greatest advantage is that it is completely renewable. While the global reserves of oil shrink, the only limit to the soy supply is how much we choose to grow. The soy wax from the candles that you buy from SELENE today was likely in the ground less than a year ago. And chances are that same field is growing more soy for the candles to be made in the future. In addition to sustainability, a well-made soy candle will burn cleanly and slowly, much to the delight of our customers.