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I have always been crazy about scented candles. Back in India which is my hometown, soy candles or for that matter scented candles were not as easily available as they are now. But here in Australia, when I bought my first soy candle I just fell in love with and ever since scented candles has always been part of our home and living.
But why Soy Candles and not Paraffin??
For me, it’s very easy to see why using soy wax candles and other soy products makes sense. I thought I’d share some of the reasons that so many people prefer soy candles over regular candles which are made from paraffin.
#1 Soy candles are natural as they’re made from vegetable oil (soybeans). On the other hand, paraffin candles are made from petroleum oil. As a result, soy wax candles do not increase the toxic level in the atmosphere like paraffin candles do.
#2 Soy candles burn 50% longer than regular candles. Soy wax candles are sometimes more expensive than paraffin wax candles to buy, they are still more cost-effective in the long run.
#3 Soy candles burn cleaner than regular paraffin candles do. As a result, they don’t produce much black soot like paraffin candles do. Candle soot is more of a nuisance than you might realize. If you burn a lot of candles, over time it can discolor your walls & furniture and stain the edges of your carpet!
#4 Soy candles are non-toxic since they are made of vegetable oil, have a lower melting point (so the wax itself doesn’t get as hot), produce negligible amounts of soot, and release no known carcinogens into the air. Compared to paraffin candles, soy wax candles are much healthier for humans, pets, and the environment. Plus, they clean up easier (just use soap and water) when the wax is spilled.
#5 The scent from soy candles is much stronger and more pleasant than the scent from paraffin wax candles. Because of 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.
So next time you buy a soy candle you know you bought an amazing product…