What is Soy Wax

Soy wax has been one of the most popular natural waxes for the last few years and is a great alternative to paraffin wax, for example, especially in terms of naturalness and sustainability.

It is mostly produced in the USA and is purely vegetable and therefore vegan. As a renewable raw material, it is 100% biodegradable.

The wax is produced from the soybean on the basis of soybean oil under hydrogenation (hardening) and purified. In the flake form it is super easy to process. However, there is also soy wax in sheets (also called tablets). It is purely vegetable and has a naturally-pleasant — as good as neutral scent. The color can vary slightly from white to light beige. There are available types that are still mixed with other natural waxes — such as coconut wax or palm wax, but also variants that are completely without other ingredients.

Especially for vegans who want to do without beeswax, our soy wax is a super alternative (Read more here: https://thewaxcandles.com/). It also has a very good retention of fragrance oils and perfumes, which also makes it a very good candle base to work with compared to canola wax. Soy wax can also be combined well with other waxes. With soy wax, there are several purely vegetable alternatives, while canola wax usually needs a few more synthetic additives to be usable as a candle wax.

Soy wax is a low melting wax, which we offer in different variants.

For use, it is best heated in a water bath and poured into jars or tins. It should not be stirred too much during the melting process to avoid air bubbles.

Before pouring, make sure that the jars or tins are not too cold (at least room temperature). Pouring slowly and gently tapping the container on the base can also prevent air bubbles in the candle. It is important to let the soy candles cool down slowly (do not put them in the refrigerator/outdoors).

Our soy wax forms little to no fat blooming (so-called fat blooming or frosting or filming) when properly cooled and poured at the correct temperature — an otherwise common phenomenon with all-natural waxes. However, especially with darker colors, the surface should be tested carefully.

Candles made of soy wax burn slower than conventional paraffin candles and have an almost soot-free burning. The important thing is to let the candle burn until the wax is liquid, even at the edges, the first time it is burned. This allows the candle to burn better afterwards. If the wick is set correctly, little to no wax residue will stick to the candle as it burns.

It is not drip-free and is therefore not suitable for free-standing or pillar candles, among other things! For candles in silicone molds, a slightly harder wax is usually required as an additive.

Main Types Soy Wax 

NATUREWAX C-3 — a pure ready to pour soy wax, pure soy, no other waxes added. In flake form and therefore very easy to dispense. With good glass adhesion, especially for containers and jars candles. We also offer soy wax C-3 under our DistrEco brand. Both the packaging and the wax are 100% biodegradable under our DistrEco brand.

NATUREWAX C-1 — a ready-to-pour soy wax with a small amount of palm wax. It has the advantage of releasing from molds more easily and does not adhere to the glass as strongly as C-3. It is also usually a slightly less expensive alternative to C-3 in terms of price.

NATUREWAX C-6 — also an instant soy wax with a nice creamy texture. It contains a small amount of coconut wax and is suitable for glass candles with good glass adhesion. This wax is available in bar form.

SOY WAX SOFT; COSMETIC — a pure soy wax of mostly European origin. It is a partially hardened soybean oil which can be used as a cosmetic raw material. As an ingredient for candles it is only conditionally suitable, because it is too soft and from the burning behavior is not optimally adjusted to candles. We supply this soy wax in blocks.