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What Exactly Is Soy Wax?

What Exactly Is Soy Wax?

Soy wax is a great sustainable alternative to use in your candles and the perfect option if you're looking to leave a smaller carbon footprint.


At sent studio, we're proud to use 100% soy wax in our candle range. You may have heard of common waxes like paraffin, beeswax, and coconut wax. So, why should you choose soy wax for your candles over others? Let us help you figure it out.


Wax vs. Oil

In broad terms, wax is a fatty, flammable solid that liquifies when heated. The main difference between oils and waxes is that, at room temperature, oils liquefy while waxes harden into a solid.

There are many different wax options for candle making, which can be overwhelming.


What Is Soy Wax?

As the name suggests, soy wax is made from soybeans. It's created by separating or extracting soybean oil from the beans, which is then treated with a solution of hydrogen that increases the oil's melting point. The melting point is brought to between 49°C and 82°C, achieving a solid wax at room temperature.


How Is Soy Wax a Sustainable Option?

Being a vegetable-based wax, soy wax is a renewable resource. This means they can be grown constantly without depleting the planet's resources! Plus, as it's derived from soybeans, soy wax is naturally biodegradable and vegan, meaning that its disposal is Mother Nature-approved.

Unlike paraffin wax, which can take up to 500 years to naturally degrade, soy wax can be composted and only takes four to six weeks to biodegrade.

In a nutshell, soy wax is a naturally biodegradable, compostable, and renewable resource.


Do Soy Candles Burn Slower?

Yes, they do! Due to their lower melting point, soy candles can burn from 35% to 50% longer than paraffin candles. With a cooler burning temperature, soy wax candles burn well and form even pools of wax, even in colder environments.

These traits allow a slower burn with a much stronger aroma compared to other waxes – and we’ve made these scents customisable. Another upside to this is that you'll get more use out of your candle, making soy candles the more cost-effective choice in the long run.


At sent studio, we aim to create memories and experiences through our unique scents without compromising the environment and your health. Check out our bundles, accessories and Koi Collection – or even sign up for our candle subscription.

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