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How to make soy candles

History of Candles: an evolution from tallow to beeswax to the VXA soy candle.

Once of the most interesting thing people come to us with is how to make a soy candle. Let's first begin with a primer of candles in general and how we at managed to evolve to the perfect soy candle. 

Candles are quite simple in nature: they have a fuel, a wick, and an energy source.

Historically, candles were made using tallow (an animal fat product) and used primarily for light. They were also used in religious and cultural ceremonies. 

The first candles were produced as early as 500-1000 BCE and were made using sheep and beef tallow, along with twine that was unwound. These candles are often dated back to two main cultures thousands of miles apart: Rome and China. 

The romans used oil for their candles, because of its cheap price and availability. China however, focused its candle on beeswax -- which is still used around the world today. 

Then we get to India, which used butter and cinnamon to create their candles. We can thank India for the introduction of candles that were a sensory experience of scent. 

Rise and Fall of Tallow; as with all good things they must come with a fall. When the Roman Empire fell, oil in general became a scarce commodity. For this reason, candles started to become scarce and thus valuable. This fall of an empire created a nice start for the candle industry: candles could now be the basis for a business and a living. 


The Chandlers


Now, wax started to become more standardized and tallow (the glycerine based wax from animals) started to become the staple ingredient. Oil from sperm whales was also begun to be used for the process. It was around this time too, that the wax from bees started to be introduced: as production methods around melting and crystallization of wax became known. 

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