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7 Reasons to Choose Soy Wax Candles

If you’re using traditional paraffin candles over soy wax candles, then you could be missing out on a range of benefits for your health, home and wallet. In fact, burning soy wax candles is a much better option than traditional paraffin for many reasons. We’ll take you through some of the benefits in this post and maybe by the end, you’ll be convinced to choose soy wax candles as your candles of choice.

1. Soy Wax is Natural

Derived from the soybean, soy wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that turns to a solid at room temperature. Soy wax contains nothing artificial which makes it a better alternative to old-fashioned paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is made from petroleum oil and produces harmful by-products when burned or melted. 

2. Soy Wax Delivers a Cleaner Burn

A candle made from soy wax burns cleaner with little soot released. Paraffin candles often create a significant amount of black soot that collects on the jar, as well as on your walls and other surfaces of the home. The soy candle may accumulate some black soot on the jar, but the amount is much less than paraffin candles. Soy candles are also non-toxic, so they won’t release toxins into the air as they burn.


3. Soy Wax Does Not Release Toxins Into the Air

Soy wax is a healthier alternative to paraffin wax in that it does not release dangerous carcinogens into the air when melted like paraffin wax does. Burning and/or melting paraffin releases at least 11 known toxins including acetone, benzene and toluene.

One study at South Carolina State University found that paraffin wax candles give off harmful fumes linked to lung cancer and asthma, although researchers said it would take years of regular use for it to be a significant health risk.

4. Soy Wax is Environmentally Friendly

Since soy wax is made from soybeans, it is friendly to the environment because soybeans are a renewable resource. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have children, or have pets because it’s the safe option health-wise.

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5. Soy Wax has a Lower Melting Point

From a safety aspect, soy wax is the better choice because it has a lower melting point than paraffin wax. This means less risk of burns should you accidentally spill any melted wax on your skin.


6. Soy Wax is Cheaper

While soy wax candles are sometimes more expensive to purchase than paraffin wax ones, they last up to 50 per cent longer and are more cost-effective in the long run. Making it even more cost-effective is the fact that soy wax burns more evenly, so less wax is left clinging to the sides of the glass as waste. You can wash your soy candle container, reuse and repurpose it.


7. Soy Wax Scents are Purer

“Throw” refers to the release of fragrance from a candle: the “cold throw” is the scent released when a candle is unlit at room temperature, the “hot throw” is the scent released when the candle is burning. Due to the petroleum base of paraffin wax, it tends to emit a chemical-smelling fragrance. Because soy wax comes from a natural source, it emits a more pure, true expression of the same fragrance than paraffin wax.

Reasons to Choose Soy Wax Candles – Wrapped Up

And that’s our 7 best reasons to choose soy candles. If you’re inspired to give soy candles a try, then check out our link at the top of the page to our shop – we’d be happy to help.

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