At CCF, we receive regular enquiries about soy wax candles. The issues with soy ‘wax’ are similar to the issues associated with palm oil/wax. To help consumers in their shopping decisions, we consulted with Cate Burton from Queen Bee candles to find out a little more.
- 96% of soy beans grown globally are Monsanto, Roundup Ready®, genetically-modified soy beans.
- The Amazon (and other forested areas worldwide) is being cleared at record rates to make way for soy plantations with the resultant destruction of natural habitat for indigenous fauna and florass.
- There is no such thing as “natural soy wax”. Like palm, soy when harvested makes soya oil. That soya bean oil is then chemically bleached to remove aroma and colour. The bleached oil is then hydrogenated with nickel to turn it into a wax.
- Because the wax still has a residual aroma, soy candles (like cosmetics containing soy) are fragranced – generally with fragrant oils which are synthetic, petrochemical-derived oils. Even where essential oils are used exclusively (which is rare); there is no safe way of combusting oil. NB: It is perfectly safe to put essential oil into water and to heat that water and vaporise the oil, but it’s not safe to apply a flame directly to the oil which is what happens in the case of fragrancing candles.