What are soy candles exactly?
Soy wax offers a clean-burning alternative to paraffin. It is an entirely vegetable based wax that is environmentally friendly. Soy candles are made from soy wax, which is hydrogenated soybean oil. Soy is a renewable natural vegetable resource.
But what about the public belief and the truth in regards to the labeling and marketing of "Organic Soy Candles"?
Is there such a thing as Organic Soy candles or certified Organic Soy Wax?
The short answer is no. Due to the chemical alteration (hydrogenation) of the liquid soy oil to make it a solid wax, it is no longer organic and one cannot claim to have "organic soy wax" or "organic soy candles".
Even if the soy oil is organic before adding hydrogen atoms to it, the chemical process of hydrogenation renders the soy wax non organic.
The same applies to all candles derived from vegetable oils like palm wax, coconut wax, rapeseed wax etc.
Although it cannot be considered as organic anymore, wax derived from vegetable oils are still a natural, renewable resource and a healthier alternative to the petroleum based paraffin candles derived from a non renewable resource, crude oil, that contain toxic cancer causing air agents like toluene, benzene, formaldehyde
Lastly we urge everyone to always read the manufacturers safety labels, which give directions on burning candles, fire safety instructions as well as the origin and type of wax used.
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