If keeping a happy, healthy home is a priority to you, choosing soy candles can help more than you realized. Here are my top 7 reasons to choose soy candles over paraffin for your home and family.
Have you tried burning soy wax instead of traditional paraffin? You could be missing out on a host of benefits for your nose, your budget, and your health. In fact, burning soy wax in melt or candle form is the better option over traditional paraffin for many reasons. Here is why!
#1. Soy Wax is Natural
Made from the soybean, soy wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that turns to a solid at room temperature. Soy wax contains nothing artificial, which means it is a better alternative to old-fashioned paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum oil and produces harmful by-products when burned or melted. Soy wax is non-toxic making it better for both your health and your home’s environment! Did you realize that by burning or melting paraffin wax you are polluting your home??
#2. Soy Wax Delivers a Cleaner Burn
Unlike paraffin wax, which gives off black soot when burned, soy wax burns cleaner. Since paraffin wax is petroleum-based, burning it produces black soot that can potentially stain curtains, walls, and carpets inside the home. As a vegetable-based wax, soy wax does not give off any harmful by-products that might cause damage.
#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 as paraffin wax does. Burning and/or melting paraffin releases at least 11 known toxins—two of which are carcinogens—into the air. Both highly toxic benzene and toluene are released into the air when you burn paraffin candles. These carcinogens are known to cause cancer. This is your home… you should feel safe in it! Read more about how your candles may be polluting your air here.
#4. Soy Wax is Environmentally Friendly
Since soy wax is made from soybeans, it is environmentally friendly because soybeans are a renewable resource. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum, which is not renewable. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have kids, or have pets, because it’s the safest option for your health. Always avoid wax blends or candles that don’t state the exact breakdown of ingredients.
#5. Soy Wax has a Lower Melting Point
If you are thinking about safety in your home, soy wax is the better choice because it has a lower melting point than paraffin wax. This means less risk of burns if you accidentally spill any melted wax on your skin. With children or pets around, the lower risk of burns and trips to the hospital is a very good thing.
#6. Soy Wax is Cheaper
Paraffin wax wastes wax because as the wax burns it stick to the sides of your wax warmer or candle. The chemical composition of soy wax allows it to burn evenly. It then lasts up to 50 percent longer and is cheaper in the long run. Making it even more budget friendly is the fact that soy wax will not cling, therefore burning or melting for longer with much less waste.
#7. Soy Wax Scents are Stronger
Because soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax, the scent from its oils is more pleasant and stronger-smelling than the chemical scents added to paraffin. It’s common to hear people complain of headaches when paraffin candles are burnt. Generally, this isn’t due to the scent of the wax but the toxins that are being released into the air. Soy wax offers many benefits over paraffin wax—some of which most people don’t even realize.
From stronger scents to a healthier burn, there are so many reasons to use soy candles and wax melts instead of paraffin ones.