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Soy waxes are created with pure, natural soybean oil. Soy waxes are composed of non-petroleum renewable resources, promoting the growth and care of our environment while burning crisp and clean with a gentle natural glow. Enjoy the coziness of biodegradable while doing something good for yourself and the environment.
After harvesting, the Soy beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The Soy oil is 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 Soy oil, making it a solid at room temperature.
Often described as the lungs of our planet Earth, tropical rainforests, take in vast quantities of carbon dioxide (a poisonous gas which mammals exhale) and through the process of photosynthesis, converts it into clean, breathable air. In fact, the tropical rainforests are the single greatest terrestrial source of clean fresh air that we breathe.
Did you know that Paraffin Candles are made from the sludge in the bottom of a barrel of oil which is bleached and texturised with a chemical called acrolein? Burning Paraffin Candles puts all the same horrible toxins and carcinogens (cancer causing agents) into the air in your home that burning diesel fuel in your home would. A commercial study estimates that more than 7 million people in the US burn candles every year.
NGI’s EcoSoya waxes are carefully engineered to be both highly environmentally friendly, and safe for people to use.
Businesses or individuals who are in need of greater information on the safety of EcoSoya waxes can download the most recent Material Safety Data Sheet for full details.
DATE PREPARED: SEPTEMBER 27, 1999
LAST UPDATED: JANUARY 1, 2014
PRODUCT TRADE NAMES: , CB-135, CB-Advanced Soy, CB-XceL, EcoSoya PB, Eco Wick Wax
Manufacturer: Nature’s Gifts International, LLC. Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
In processing, soybeans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled and rolled into flakes. This ruptures the oil cells for efficient extraction to separate the oil and meal components.Soybean oil finds its way into food products such as margarine, salad dressings and cooking oils, and industrial products such as plastics and biodiesel fuel and waxes.
Lecithin, extracted from soybean oil, is used for everything from pharmaceuticals to protective coatings. It is a natural emulsifier and lubricant. Lecithin is used, for example, to keep the chocolate and cocoa butter in a candy bar from separating.
After removal of the soybean oil, the remaining flakes can be processed into various edible soy protein products, or used to produce soybean meal for animal feeds. The dry (solid) portion of the bean provides a host of edible products.
The soybean is the highest natural source of dietary fiber. Eight essential amino acids are found in soybeans, which are necessary for human nutrition and are not produced naturally in the body.
Soy flour and grits are used in the commercial baking industry. They aid in dough conditioning and bleaching. Their excellent moisture-holding qualities also help retard staling. Soy hulls are processed into fiber bran breads, cereal and snacks.
Most of our customers know the best-in-class benefits of EcoSoya soy waxes and the unique characteristics of soy wax: cleaner, cooler, and longer burning, made from renewable resources, biodegradable, easy to clean, etc. Another distinct trait of soy wax is that it experiences polymorphism, in other words it is polymorphic.
What exactly is polymorphism? It pertains to the structural characteristic of the soy wax which has the ability and desire to form different crystal types while retaining the same chemical composition.
The various types of crystalline structures can form when the candle cools from a molten state to a solid candle. The types of crystals that grow in the candle may be influenced by the components of the candle and its environment. Not only can more than one type of crystal form in the candle, but the existing crystals can continue to change over time as they seek what they consider to be a more stable structure for the environment they “live” in.
Simply stated, when the candle system and surrounding environment encourage the growth of different types of crystals, the effects can be seen in the aesthetics of the candle. In the worst cases we see this as “bloom” (white frosting), the cauliflower effect, rough/grainy top, or white lumpy tops.
An example of polymorphism can be found in chocolate. As chocolate ages the outside of it becomes white or “frosted”. The aesthetic and texture changes but the chocolate itself has the same chemical composition as when it was first made.
Numerous conditions affect crystal growth, such as: pour temperature, ambient temperature during cooling, humidity, candle storage temperature, fragrance, dye, anything added to the wax, and of course wax composition, to name a few.
The crystals are especially sensitive to temperature changes. In fact, the period from when the first crystal forms in the molten candle to when it solidifies is the most critical. Maintaining an even temperature during this time is necessary to encourage proper crystal growth. Candles made with EcoSoya® container waxes are best cooled at temperatures of about 68°F to 80°F.
When pouring candles, it is best to avoid a large temperature gradient between the center of the candle and the outside walls of the container. Since different types of crystals like to form at different temperatures, a large temperature gradient can encourage different crystal growth both when the candle is cooling and when the candle burns.
In the food industry, items such as chocolate are shipped in temperature-controlled trucks to maintain their crystal structures, a luxury we in the candle industry don’t have. Therefore, it is crucial to find a pour temperature that promotes even temperatures throughout the candle while the candle is cooling.
It is clear that while a different crystal structure may not alter the soy wax chemically, it does play a huge role in the overall appearance of a candle. Although it may require some testing, the optimal crystal structure can be achieved. By finding the best wax components; fragrance, dye, pour temperature, etc. for the candle, you can minimize the effects of polymorphism.
There is a lot of confusion in the world regarding organic and GMO soy waxes. Please allow me to clarify.
No wax made from vegetable oil can be considered Organic. The reason: in the process of converting the liquid oil to a solid, a chemical reaction takes place where by hydrogen is forced on to the carbon atom in the fatty acid chain. This chemical reaction (or alteration) prevents an organic status.
When it comes to GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) concerns, more than 90% of the US soybean crop has been genetically modified and is considered GMO. It is therefore extremely difficult and cost prohibitive to secure non-GMO soybeans.
NGI endeavors to secure these supplies, and at the same time cannot guarantee that the soybeans we use are 100% non-GMO.
However, we (NGI) can guarantee the manufacturing process results in waxes that are GMM free (Genetically Modified Material). Please note the difference between GMO and GMM. In a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) it is the DNA that is modified, which is located in the protein of the soybean, NOT in the oil.
All NGI waxes are GMM free, even though the oil may have come in some part from GMO soybeans. NGI’s proprietary processes remove the GMO material, and the resulting oil that we continue to work with to create our EcoSoya waxes is as nature intended it to be. In other words, it is the same as oil that would be produced by an organic soybean.
To prove the purity of our processing, we (NGI) had third party laboratory analysis conducted to test for any presence of GMM (Genetically Modified Material), as well as for herbicides and pesticides. There are none of these in any of our EcoSoya waxes, confirming that NGI’s proprietary processing procedures can guarantee a pristine wax with no GMM, pesticides, or herbicides.