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The 3 Types of Soy Wax

Posted by Dr. Al on Mar 4, 2015 3:53:29 PM Comments

3 types of soy wax

Soy wax is defined as a renewable, sustainable wax that is primarily or wholly derived from soybean oil, and does not contain petroleum, insect, animal, mineral, or paraffin waxes.

But not every soy wax is created equal—and some are more thoughtfully produced than others, with engineering that makes them ideal for use in candles.

Here are the 3 main types of soy wax, their uses, and how well they work when used to make soy wax candles.

#3: Commodity Soy Wax

  • Performance Level When Used Alone: Low
  • Description: Semi-solid or solid hydrogenated soybean oil, primarily used in food.
  • Candle Application(s): Typically blended with paraffin up to 30% soy by mass. More than 30% tends to result in a poor quality candle.
  • Typical Non-Candle Application(s): Vegetable shortening for food (e.g. biscuits, doughnuts, bread, and dips).
  • Packaging Forms: Flakes, cubes, and liquid bulk (tankers and rail cars).

#2: Partially Engineered Soy Wax

  • Performance Level When Used Alone: Low to moderate
  • Description: Semi-solid or solid hydrogenated soybean oil with added emulsifiers and/or other hydrogenated vegetable oils, primarily used in food.
  • Candle Application(s): Typically blended with paraffin, up to 60% soy by mass. More than 60% tends to result in a poor quality candle. 
  • Typical Non-Candle Application(s): Vegetable shortening for food (e.g. biscuits, doughnuts, bread, and dips).
  • Packaging Forms: Flakes, cubes, and liquid bulk (tankers and rail cars).

#1: Fully Engineered Soy Wax

  • Performance Level When Used Alone: Excellent
  • Description: Engineered soybean oil which may have added emulsifiers and/or other hydrogenated vegetable oils, specifically designed for candle applications to control polymorphism (i.e. frosting, bloom, lumpiness, etc.).
  • Candle Application(s): Typically used at 100% to make high-quality natural candles. Can be blended at any concentration with paraffin, insect, animal, and other vegetable waxes if desired.
  • Typical Non-Candle Application(s): Personal care products and various commercial products.
  • Packaging Forms: Flakes, cubes, and liquid bulk (tankers and rail cars).

When you’re choosing a type of soy wax to use in candles, fully engineered soy wax is the preferred choice, and EcoSoya® is the best example in the industry. We started producing EcoSoya soy waxes in 1999, and in the years since, we’ve produced the best fully-engineered soy waxes in the world.

We start with domestically grown soybeans, and then separate, purify, hydrogenate and manufacture the oil to create premium soy wax. All EcoSoya soy waxes undergo our Molecular Blueprinting process to overcome the natural variations in soy and the polymorphic characteristics of soy crystallization, resulting in a more stable, balanced soy wax.

Finally, a series of 75 laboratory tests assures premium quality and consistency. Unlike other vegetable and soy waxes on the market, EcoSoya waxes are guaranteed to be 100% vegetable.

When choosing a type of soy wax for your candles, you don’t have to compromise. Start with the best with EcoSoya—once you do, you’ll never want to go back. 

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