Vegetable waxes are often considered the 'green', Eco friendly alternative to petroleum based waxes.
Soya beans are replenishable at a rate of equal to, or greater than, the consumption, and doesn't use up the Earth's natural resources. Soya waxes have a lower temperature melt-point than petroleum waxes (anywhere between 43C-55 C or 122-130 F). This wax has good adhesion, a smooth creamy appearance and a good scent throw (although not all candle fragrances are suitable for vegetable waxes).
There are several Soya waxes available on the market, from pillar style to one-melt container style. Read the manufacturers guide before making your choice.
Rapeseed is a bright yellow flowering plant from the mustard or cabbage family. The sunny, bright colour is a familiar sight in Britain covering large areas of farmland during the spring and summer months. Rapeseed wax is produced from the hydrogenation and partial hardening of Rapeseed Oil.
Rapeseed wax is a very soft wax and best used for container candles. It is often added to other natural waxes to soften them. This wax doesn't take colour as well as paraffin waxes, normal amounts you'd use for paraffin will create pretty pastel shades, but for deeper colours, more dye will be needed.
For pillar candles, Rapeseed wax needs to be blended with harder waxes such as beeswax or palm wax. Pure rapeseed wax is poured at a temperature of between 50-70C