Diggler's Diary: Getting up close and personal with Soy Wax
by Kirk Diggler on Mar 26, 2021
Hey, what’s up everyone, it’s Kirk Diggler here, founder of YAYO! I wanted to talk to you about the ingredients we use in our products and I’m going to start with Soy Wax.
We’ve been asked loads of times at YAYO about how we create products that are effective, popular and of high-quality while also staying true to our commitment to being eco-friendly. There are many ways we achieve this, including carefully choosing our ingredients. One of the key ingredients we use across our range is soy wax.
Now I know what you are thinking – soy wax, isn’t that just something that is to do with candles? Believe it or not, soy wax goes far beyond this! This wax provides lots of benefits to skincare, is environmentally friendly and raises the quality of our product range. Now let’s look a bit closer.
What is Soy Wax?
So what actually is soy wax? Well, soy wax is produced from the oil that is gained from soybeans, which simply put, is a vegetable! It doesn’t get more natural than that! This oil is then purified into a wax – just think of this stage as perfecting the quality of the wax. It is then customised to a high standard, ensuring that it is of the high-quality that we know our customers love!
Why do we use Soy Wax in our products?
There are so many reasons why we use soy wax in our products! When selecting ingredients, we check that we are keeping to our ethos of working in an eco-friendly way. Soy wax is 100% natural, 100% vegan and does not involve nor require any animal products in its production! There are also a ton of environmental benefits from using soy wax, which we will get onto later.
“Soy wax is the perfect ingredient for tattoo aftercare, as not only does it aid the healing and recovery process of the skin, but it also helps to protect the skin from infection.”
Many of our products are designed for use following a tattoo session. As tattoo enthusiasts, we know how important aftercare is. There’s nothing worse than having sore skin after a tattoo session; you just want to sit back and let the skin heal by itself. Well, the good news is that soy wax is the perfect ingredient for tattoo aftercare, as not only does it aid the healing and recovery process of the skin, but it also helps to protect the skin from infection. A great combination right there!
We also appreciate that our loyal customers deserve and expect quality goods. Soy wax produces very consistent results. Over time, we have gradually crafted, honed, and eventually perfected our recipes, which has resulted in an excellent product range for our customers. Our products are long-lasting, which offers customers great value for money. A quick look on our Facebook page will confirm the happiness of our customers!
A lot of companies use beeswax in their products, this type of wax is inconsistent, and not suitable for vegans. This is the same for another popular choice of wax – tallow, which uses the fat of animals. Contrast this to YAYO's products – our high-quality soy wax ensures consistency while also being perfect for vegans.
When most people think of wax, they’ll be thinking of paraffin wax. However, paraffin wax is far from environmentally friendly. While soy wax comes from a vegetable, paraffin wax comes from crude oil. It can also potentially cause serious health problems through soot build-up and harmful chemical additives. Compare that to our all-natural, vegan ingredients – there really isn’t even a debate to be had!
“The paraffin candles we tested released unwanted chemicals into the air. For a person who lights a candle every day for years or just uses them frequently, inhalation of these dangerous pollutants drifting in the air could contribute to the development of health risks like cancer, common allergies and even asthma.”
-Scientists from South Carolina University
10 Skincare Benefits of Using Soy Wax
Soy wax is really important for our product range. This ingredient has so many benefits to skincare. We have picked out 10 key benefits:
“The soft and soothing nature of soy wax means that it can be used as a moisturiser. It is easy to apply to the skin and creates excellent results, keeping the skin smooth for long periods of time.”
Perfect for sensitive skin: One of the biggest problems facing those with sensitive skin is finding a brand of skincare that works for them. Soy wax-based products can be the perfect solution for this. The natural ingredients should cause minimal interference with the skin.
Can act as a moisturiser: The soft and soothing nature of soy wax means that it can be used as a moisturiser. It is easy to apply to the skin and creates excellent results, keeping the skin smooth for long periods of time – which is especially great when you want to protect your skin following a tattoo session.
Emollient effects: As I said, soy wax has an incredible ability to soften and soothe the skin. Even if you don’t use soy wax for moisturising purposes, you can still receive the same benefits as part of your beauty routine.
High in Vitamin E: Soy wax also has naturally high levels of Vitamin E. We know it is difficult to know your Vitamin D’s from your Vitamin E’s, but take our word for it – Vitamin E is important in skincare! By being high in Vitamin E, soy wax can help fight dry skin, some skin conditions, and is crucial for skin rejuvenation.
Natural: Using our soy wax-based products will mean you are applying natural ingredients to your skin. You will not be putting any nasty chemicals on your skin, which can potentially cause damage and leave you vulnerable to a reaction.
Ideal for use in the winter: Anyone that has lived through a winter in the United Kingdom knows that the colder months can be harsh on our skin and cause many problems. Soy wax is excellent at keeping the skin hydrated throughout cold times of the year, leaving you looking your best for the summer!
Long-lasting: A small amount of balm goes a long way when it comes to soy wax. You therefore get good value for money, and a product that should last longer than many other skincare products. We have so many happy customers and positive reviews which confirm this!
Long-term use: You can use soy wax products over a long period of time and the results will remain. Regularly using our skincare products will keep your skin healthy.
Protects against infection: As we mentioned earlier, soy wax has the fantastic quality of being able to act as a barrier to infection while the skin is healing. This is particularly useful for when you have had a tattoo session or have any minor cut. Soy wax helps the skin healing process.
Not tested on animals: Something that we can always assure here at Yayo is that the ingredients we use will not have been tested on animals. Soy wax is no exception to this! Most high-street skincare brands use ingredients that have been tested on animals, which causes unease for many of us. When applying Yayo products, there is no need to worry about animal testing.
Using Soy Wax helps us to fulfil our commitment to the environment
Here at YAYO we have carefully formed our supply chain so that we source soy wax in an ethical and eco-friendly way. We import our soy wax from North America, as this provides us with quality ingredients, while also helping us to support soybean farmers.
But we always like to go the extra mile, so we have gone one step further. We specifically only use non-genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) when sourcing ingredients, which helps us to keep our commitment to making our products completely natural.
Over time, soy wax naturally biodegrades and acts as a fully renewable resource. We are highly passionate as a business about being eco-friendly, and this example shows the effort we put in to achieve this goal.
Unlike some, we don’t throw the words “eco-friendly” or “natural” around like they’re going out of fashion. We truly care about the environment, which is reflected in the way we work.
So then, to round things up, soy wax has several benefits. Not only does its use protect you from harmful chemicals, but it is also vegan-friendly, great for skincare and does not harm the environment in any way! Like I said earlier, we are careful in sourcing our ingredients, with soy wax being one of our absolute favourites! We hope that you’ve enjoyed this article on soy wax, and now you know that there is far, far more to soy wax than you previously thought! Be sure to look out for more blog posts talking about our other amazing ingredients soon. Until then, stay safe, we hope to see you back here soon, thanks for reading!
For the quote from South Carolina University Scientists:
Harvard format if needed:
Massoudi, R. (2009). Frequent use of certain candles produces unwanted chemicals. South Carolina University. Available at: https://www.scsu.edu/news_article.aspx?news_id=832.
Words and article by Kirk Diggler