The candles start out as little white flakes of soy wax that are carefully melted down in a double boiler on the stove. Once the wax reaches a hot 185 degrees, the silver pouring pot is removed and the assortment of meticulously chosen fragrance oils is stirred in. The wax cools and cools and is then hand poured, one by one, into their jars. Because the candles are handmade in small batches, there can occasionally be some unique frosting at the surface of the jar. This will be smoothed out after the first burn. After the candles have cooled and cured for a few days, they are ready to make their way to new homes!
Soy wax is 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. The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. 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. The U.S. grows the vast majority of the world's soy beans, primarily in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. Soy's greatest advantage is that it is completely renewable. While the global reserves of oil shrink and paraffin prices increase, the only limit to the soy supply is how much we choose to grow.
In addition to sustainability, a well-made soy candle will burn cleanly and slowly. The wax has a high melt point which allows the candles to hold their shape better in warmer weather. The scents used in the candles include fine fragrance oils and essential oils. There are no harsh synthetic smells and all candles throw a lot of fragrance when burned. All are meticulously measured to ensure consistency in fragrance while cold and when lit.
Burn time: Approx. 30 hrs