Why Aloha Bay Does Not Make Soy Candles
Negative Soy Campaigns
We really are not anti-soy or anti-any wax. However, our sales have suffered from the ongoing multi-million dollar negative PR campaigns funded by soy producers. Although we can't afford to wage palm vs. soy marketing campaigns, the blatant misrepresentation of facts has forced us to correct the soy industries shifty and misleading allegations by presenting facts on our website from objective peer reviewed articles, supported by the most recent research and written by self-funding conservationists.
Troublesome Truths about the Soy-Palm-Coconut Controversy
1. Simon Wright, founder of Organic Consultancy, writes: "In the 1980's the American Soya Oil processors were worried about losing domestic sales to imports of palm oil from Malaysia. They set up non-profits with names like, American Heartsavers, which purported to promote good health to consumers, but in reality these organizations were a front for attacking 'tropical' oils such as palm and coconut oils. The campaign culminated in full page newspaper advertisements carrying headlines such as 'Stop the Poisoning of America'".
2. The following is excerpt is from Soy Is Not a Health Food:
"The (soy marketing campaign) was an overwhelming financial success. Over the next two decades hydrogenated vegetable oils found their way into over 40 percent of all the foods on supermarket shelves, amounting to about 40,000 different products. Hydrogenated soybean oil consumption dramatically increased, and so did numerous diseases now found to be associated with trans fats. During this time, one thing the soybean industry conveniently neglected to tell the public was that the saturated fats were not being replaced with ordinary vegetable oil, but rather by hydrogenated soybean oil! Hydrogenated soybean oil contains toxic trans fatty acids and is far more damaging to the heart than any other fat. Trans fats have also been linked to numerous other health problems including diabetes, cancer, and various autoimmune diseases. In terms of health, trans fat is absolutely the worse fat that could be used."
"The soy industry was aware of many of the detrimental effects associated with hydrogenated vegetable oils and trans fats, but they succeeded in demonizing all saturated fats, including healthy coconut and palm oils, for the sake of profit. With the growing awareness of the dangers of trans fats in hydrogenated vegetable oils and the landmark announcement in 2002 from the U.S. Institute of Medicine stating that 'no level of trans fats is safe in the diet,' tropical oils are now returning. Careful review of previous research and more current medical studies have exonerated the tropical oils from the claim that they promote heart disease. In fact, they appear to help protect against heart disease as well as many of the other diseases now known to be linked to hydrogenated vegetable oils."
"However, many restaurants and food manufacturers are now replacing their hydrogenated soybean oil with palm oil. Consequently, soybean oil sales are declining. In an effort to protect their profits, the soy industry has resorted to two strategies: 1) diversifying their market with new soy products like margarine, soymilk, 'nutrition' bars, protein powders, pseudo-meats, livestock feed, biofuel, and more; and, 2) returning to demonizing the competition in order to make their products more acceptable."
"Desperate to find an alternative means of attack, the soybean industry has found new allies in highly vocal, politically active environmental groups. Fueled by financial support and misleading data from the soy industry, some environmental groups have now waged a war against palm oil on the grounds that palm cultivation is destroying the environment. They claim that rainforests are being leveled to make room for palm plantations, destroying the ecology and bringing endangered species, such as the orangutan, to the brink of extinction. Anyone with any sense of responsibility for the environment would be swayed by this argument. The problem, however, is that while palm oil plantations are responsible for some deforestation, the soybean industry is causing more destruction to the environment than probably any other agricultural industry on the planet."
Examples of False Advertising Found on Soy Wax and Soy Candle Websites
"Soy candles are soot free and burn cleaner" - Not true! What makes a candle burn better is how it is engineered, not the wax. It has less to do with the wax and more to do with the fragrance, color, and wick combinations.
"Soy candles help our environment" - Not true! Our water systems in the United States are under severe strain. Many rivers no longer flow all the way to the sea; 50% of our national wetlands have disappeared and many major groundwater aquifers are being drained unsustainably by commercial soy farmers. Palm Trees use very little water as compared to tilled soy row crops. Soy requires annual tilling and crop rotation which scares away wildlife and beneficial insects which then increases the need for pesticides. Palm trees are an ancient perennial tree that require no tilling of the soil. Tree farms protect local wildlife - the higher the biodiversity the greater stability of the ecosystem. Palm trees are pest resistant and organically farmed. On an acre of land palm trees produce 10 times the amount of oil as soy. Palm oil produces twice the wax compared to soy oil.
"Soy farming supports US jobs" - Misleading! Commercialized industrial farming creates fewer jobs than organic farming. The soil compaction from heavy commercial farm equipment on tilled fields is creating a global problem. Now the major soy producers are shifting production to Brazil. In Brazil the use of minimal machinery at palm tree farms increases more rural employment.
"Soy candles help small family owned US farmers" - The opposite is true. All the US soy farms are agro-conglomerates that are the worst global polluters. Commercial soy farms are machinery intensive and do not employ that many workers. Monsanto patented GMO soy seed and aggressive litigation are driving local family farms out of business. Organic palm oil from Brazil is sourced from over 200 family farms.
"Soy Candles help the U.S. Economy" - Misleading. Soy candles sales are less than 1% of overall candle sales. In speaking with the three major soy wax producers, they are not sure that their soy wax can compete with palm wax prices. If the demand for soy wax decreases any further they can not afford to keep producing it.
"Soy candles made from only soy wax are 100% natural" - Not true! All soy wax is chemically distilled with hexane, then bleached with chlorine, deodorized with boric acid and then hydrogenated.
"Soy candles are made from 100% soy" - This isn't always the case. Most soy candles are made from blends of soy plus paraffin, palm and beeswax. Since soy wax is not regulated, producers feel they can call it "soy wax" if it contains as little as 25% soy wax.
"Soy and beeswax candles emit more healthy negative ions" - No evidence. There have been no third party peer reviewed studies, and thus no empirical to support this claim. Common sense indicates that all candles no matter what kind of wax emit the same amount of negative ions.
"Soy candles don't put your health in jeopardy" - We strongly disagree. The health benefits of soy are grossly over exaggerated. Please read more about this at Soy Is Not a Health Food.
"Soy wax costs less" - False! Soy Wax is 20 cents more per pound than paraffin or palm wax.
Trans-Fatty Acids are Found Predominantly in Hydrogenated Oils like Soy
There's a good chance you've heard palm oil - erroneously referred to and grouped together with palm kernel oil and coconut oil - as a "tropical oil," a contributor to high cholesterol levels, or even as a trans-fat. This point is important because palm oil is frequently confused with palm kernel oil, which is highly saturated. The palm fruit oil naturally processed to make Aloha Bay's® Palm Wax™ comes from the orange part of the fruit, not the kernel. This palm fruit oil contains much less saturated fat than coconut and palm kernel oil.
The palm oil used to make palm wax contains a balance of polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids. Palm fruit oil contains a variety of fats, vitamins and nutrients, but no trans-fatty acids. Trans-fatty acids are found pre-dominantly in hydrogenated oils like soy and coconut. Palm fruit oil also contains valuable vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need. Human studies have shown that a palm oil-enriched diet does not raise the level of LDL or total cholesterol, and may even lead to lower plasma levels of LDL, the plasma cholesterol most commonly linked to heart disease. Palm fruit oil increases 'good' HDL, and compared to other saturated oils, promotes cardiovascular health.
Aloha Bay Does Not Support Genetic Engineering
GMOs (or "genetically modified organisms”) have been created through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science allows DNA from one species to be injected into another species in a laboratory, creating combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.
In 30 other countries around the world, including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production of GMOs, because they are not considered proven safe. In the U.S. on the other hand, the FDA approved commercial production of GMOs based on studies conducted by the companies who created them and profit from their sale. Many health-conscious shoppers find the lack of rigorous, independent, scientific examination on the impact of consuming GM foods to be cause for concern.
Monsanto supplies the majority of GM soy seeds. Aloha Bay does not support their business practices, especially their litigation against small farms. A study by the former head of the agricultural division of the National Academy of Sciences found that farmers who plant Monsanto GE soy use two to five times more pesticides than other commercial farms. Aloha Bay supports organic farming and is a sponsor for Organic Consumers Association.
Aloha Bay has directly contacted every soy wax producer, including the two major suppliers, Cargill and Archer, Daniel, and Midlands, dba Enchanted Lites. They confirmed that all soy wax is from GMO seed. Secondary suppliers and blenders who claimed that they "could get non-GMO soy" never delivered. Candle companies that claimed "organic non-GMO soy wax" or "soy wax provided by local organic soy farmers" could not provide any organic certification.
Soy and Rainforests
An area of Brazil's Amazon rainforest larger than 200 football fields has been destroyed by Cargill, the major soybean producer. Between the years 2000 and 2005, Brazil lost more than 50,000 square miles of rainforest. Soybean production in the Brazilian Amazon soared after heat-tolerant varieties were introduced in 1997. In just ten years, exports of soybeans grown in the Amazon Basin have reached 42 million tons a year. Total annual soybean production in Brazil today is about 85 million tons, and Brazil will soon surpass the United States as the world's leader in soybean production.
Aloha Bay has never sourced palm wax from any palm tree farm that was still involved in deforestation. The tree farms we source from have agreed to only expand palm tree farming on existing agricultural land and to farm organically.
Palm Wax Candles are Very Compatible with Pure Essential Oil Scents
Bart, our CEO, is a master candle maker with over 25 years experience in Europe and the US. He firmly maintains that 100% Pure Palm Wax™ has the best hot and cold throw with pure essential oil scents. Fragrances must be designed to release from the particular wax that is being used. Natural scents release better in palm wax simply because of their similar chemical structure. The essential oil scents are steam distilled and easily dissolve together. They are highly polar (compatible) whereas paraffin and soy wax are non-polar with essential oils.
Essential oils tend to not completely go into solution in soy candles. In soy wax, essential oils tend to settle out at the bottom of the mixing kettle or candle container. Synthetic soy and paraffin candles mix better with synthetic scents because of these polarity differences. Soy candle makers use petro chemical co-solvents to help aid the compatibility with essential oils, but the solvents dilute the fragrance and limit the scent concentrations.