Posted on 28 July 2015
Soy candles are made from soybeans which is a natural and renewable source grown by farmers. They are a clean alternative to paraffin candles which are made from petroleum, a non-renewable source that contains carcinogenic substances. A soy candle made from soy wax releases little soot unlike paraffin candles where significant amount of soot is released that sticks on the walls and other item in our home.
A soot is a solid particle that results from the incomplete combustion. Paraffin candles have ‘petro-carbon soot’ not found is soy wax. We all know how dangerous petroleum is for the environment, there are compounds it releases that can even cause cancers and respiratory disease like asthma in human body. Not to mention the global problems related to petroleum products like it being in limited supply and not a renewable resource. Burning petroleum products created air pollution and contributes global warming.
Soy candles are candles made from soy wax, which is a processed form of soybean oil. It directly helps American farmers too. When you buy soy candles the profit share goes to the soybeans farmers unlike the case of paraffin candles where profit goes to the cash rich petroleum companies. The soy candles lasts much longer than their paraffin counterparts because soy way has slower burning time. So you may pay more initially when you buy them but you won’t have to buy them often. They burn evenly with little to no wasted wax. The soy wax spills cleans up easily with soap and water while we all know how difficult is to clean paraffin wax spills.
Soy candles not only have a great scent throw which fills the room with long lasting scent. The scent is stronger and pleasant than the paraffin ones. The reason being the lower melting point of soy wax, there is a larger amount of the liquid wax pool around the candle wick itself. It is from this liquid wax pool and the wick itself that the essential oils evaporate into the atmosphere.