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A plastic soy bean was invented at the end of the twentieth century to replace expensive beeswax. The remedy has many advantages - it is environmentally friendly and safe for health, perfectly combined with many components. What are the properties of soy wax, and how best to use them?
In 1991, British entrepreneur Michael Richards founded Candleworks. He wanted to create candles made of natural beeswax. But the products proved to be unprofitable, since they cost 10 times more than paraffin analogues. Richards was thinking about creating an ecological and cheap analogue of bees wax.
He experimented with many vegetable oils, and created soy wax throughout the year. The Richards product is a hydrogenated form of soybean oil, made from high quality natural raw materials. Its value lies in the freedom from toxins, GMOs, and any harmful substances. Vegetable wax has recently noticeably pushed the bee in the manufacture of interior and massage candles in industrial and domestic conditions. No less widely used in cosmetology, adding to creams for the face and body, lipstick, balms, hair care products and massage candles.
After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, peeled and rolled, then extracted to obtain oil, refined and light. At high temperatures, fatty acids are converted from unsaturated to saturated, which makes the butter solid at room temperature. Actually, from such an oil get wax.
Externally, the device has the appearance of white flakes or granules, sometimes with a beige shade, odorless.
Soybean wax is used in cosmetology. It softens, deeply nourishes and moisturizes the skin prone to the dryness of problem skin, is added to various cosmetic products to provide a structure of lightness and tenderness. He also comes in depilatory wax.
But the most adapted soy wax for making candles. They include partially hydrogenated soybean oil and soybean emulsifier. for candles. Emulsifiers allow you to use the material at higher temperatures. Soybean wax melts at + 55 ° C, so it's not recommended to heat more than 80 ° C. Soy wax is 100% biodegradable.
This type of wax has a more pure flame than paraffin, which is a by-product of the oil and releases toxins into the environment. Note that people often felt headaches or other side effects from the burning of paraffin candles. Soy candles are a natural and environmentally friendly product that almost does not cause allergies.
Wax is well combined with fatty acids, plant glycerides, basic and essential oils, other types of wax. To this material you can add dyes, aromatic or essential oils. When droplets of material on any surface they can easily be removed with warm water and soap.
Floury soy flakes will be a great material for using vegan eco-candles for massage or interior. Such candles are very comfortable to use: they burn much longer (35-50%) longer than paraffin candles. In this case, in the process of combustion, no harmful elements are emitted.
Massage candles made of soy wax is a great alternative to massage oils. When burning, the candle forms a warm massage oil that nourishes and moisturizes the skin, increases elasticity.
How to make a massage candle:
Before making a candle, you need to make a wick. Pull it with a pigtail or twist it out of loose thick cotton threads. Finished oppression should be pre-soaked with a mixture of:
Lay the mash for 15 minutes, then dry for 5 days.
The process of manufacturing a candle made of soya wax:
To easily remove a candle from the shape, put it in half an hour in the refrigerator, in the freezer. Sometimes it helps to lower the shape of the candle into very hot water, but there is a danger that the candle will lose its shape. The best option is a silicone form.