My most asked questions during the farmers market is: What kind of wax do I use?
"Most people know that soy wax is better,
but they just don't know why"
What is soy wax? Soy wax a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated.This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature. The leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed. A vast amount of the soy is grown in the United States.
The benefits of Soy are:
- Soy is completely renewable -the only limit is how much the farmers chose to grow.
- Its a biodegradable
- Because it's an all natural product - it burns at a cooler temperature and more evenly.
- Leaves no black soot on your walls- that black soot is called petro carbons . Oil based waxes such as paraffin contains 11 documented toxins 2 of which cause cancer according to the American lung Association.
So next time when you have the choice, what will you choose?