Soy candles vs beeswax candles? Which one should you be buying? This is a great question and one that is well worth considering, after all, choosing the right candle for our home is an important decision. In this blog post, we’ll dig down into which one is right for you.
Wait, what about paraffin wax?
That’s right! How could we forget about paraffin wax? This is a really popular wax which is found in many candles on the high street – in both cheap and expensive candles alike.
Paraffin comes from crude oil.
Due to this wax being extracted from oil, it contains many toxins when burnt. It is bleached to get its white colour and treated with chemicals like benzene and toluene which are known carcinogens.
As the final byproduct of petroleum, paraffin is a non-renewable resource.
So while paraffin undoubtedly carries scent well, and is popular for sellers to improve their margins, this comes at a price of pollutants in the home.
In a quest for the more natural candle, beeswax is a great option.
Beeswax is the oldest material used for candles. Beeswax candles have even been found in the pyramids of ancient Egypt!
Beeswax is a natural, non-toxic substance secreted by bees after they visit flowers and consume honey. Beeswax is used to make bee honeycombs, and when they are harvested, makes for great candles.
Along with keeping the environment safer, beeswax candles also help to clean the air.
Melting beeswax generates negative ions which are purported to increase oxygen flow to the brain and enhances mental energy – who knew!
Soy wax candles
Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated.
The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. The leftover bean husks are commonly used as animal feed.
Soy’s greatest advantage is that it is completely renewable. While the global reserves of oil shrink and paraffin prices increase, the only limit to the soy supply is how much we choose to grow.
The benefits of soy wax are numerous.
As soy wax is made from vegetable oil, it is clean burning and releases no known carcinogens. Soy burns clean which means minimal soot is released.
Additionally, the lower melting temperature of the wax creates a healthier ‘wax pool’ around the wick. This ‘wax pool’ allows the fragrance oils to more easily vaporise and thus releasing more fragrance into the home.
Soy candles burn cleanly, slowly and are beautifully scented which makes it an excellent choice for your those who prioritise a healthy home.
Here’s an excellent additional post that digs a little deeper on the benefits of soy wax:
Soy candles vs beeswax candles – which one is for you?
When it comes to choosing a candle everyone has their own tastes. At Aubrey Bay, we use the finest soy wax from renewable sources as we found that it performs best for us and our customers. We know some people prefer beeswax and this is also a great choice for a candle and works equally well in the home. We tend to not favour paraffin due to the known toxins when melting it. We hope this post has given you a little insight into the choices of candle wax.
If you’d like to give our soy candles a try, we are sure they’ll meet and exceed your expectations.