Soy Vs. Paraffin Candles

When you think about candles, what do you think about? You probably don’t think anything harmful can come from a simple little candle. However, that’s not true. Choosing the right candle is important because candles have the potential to sneak unhealthy things into the air you breathe and into your home. Whatever you burn in your home should be chosen with consideration, and it’s important to know the difference between the two primary types of candles, soy and paraffin.

Paraffin Candles

Paraffin candles have wax that comes from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. For frequent candle users, the black soot that comes from paraffin candles can be a bother. Soot results from incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels, mainly petroleum-based fuels. Paraffin candle soot is called petro-carbon soot. Unfortunately, there are several cancerous compounds, carcinogenic compounds, found in paraffin candles. Almost all of them are considered “toxic air agents” by various environmental agencies around the country. Because soot particles are small, they have the ability to penetrate the deepest area of the lung.

Soy Candles

There are many benefits to soy candles. Soy candles come from the soybean, and is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that turns to a solid at room temperature. Soy wax does not contain anything artificial, which makes it a favorable alternative to paraffin wax. It is also non-toxic, meaning it’s better for the environment, and your health.

  • It Burns Cleaner

Soy wax has a clean burn. Because it’s all-natural, it doesn’t give off any harmful carcinogens when you burn it. It is a clean-burning fuel source, meaning it meets the requirements under federal regulations that classify it as clean-burning. This means it’s a healthier candle option for you and your family in your home. You can have peace of mind knowing that your health is not at risk with soy candles. It’s especially important to keep this in mind if you are pregnant, have children, or have pets.

  • It’s Environmentally Friendly

Because soy wax is made from soybeans, you can rest assured that it will not harm the environment. Because soy wax is a renewable resource, it’s friendly to the environment. In order to prevent the most harm to the environment, make sure the wax is purely soy, and it’s not a wax blend.

  • It Has A Lower Melting Point

Because soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin, it’s a safer choice. This means less risk of burns if you accidentally spill the wax on your skin.

  • It Has A More Pleasant Smell

Because soy wax has a cleaner burn than paraffin, the scent from its essential oils is stronger-smelling, and more pleasant than chemical scents added to paraffin candles. Plus, essential oils in the candles provide healing benefits that chemicals do not.

At Sweet Grass Farm, our candles are handmade, purely soy wax candles. They are made with soy and essential oils, so you can rest assured in their natural, healthy benefits. Not to mention they’re slow-burning, and will burn for almost 100 hours. Shop our 100 percent soy candles today.


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