The benefits of soy wax versus paraffin wax candles for a clean-burning calmer home spacePosted on July 18, 2022 Written by: 100% PURE®
Since many of us probably spend most of our time at home, what better way to create an energizing and uplifting ambience than with a scented candle. But here’s the thing: many candles are made with harmful toxins that can pollute the air and our bodies.
Before you burn the candle at both ends, we’re going to let you know why soy wax candles are a better option than paraffin wax – plus the best clean-burning candles to help keep your space safe, healthy, and feeling like home.
Whether it was a $3 candle from the local bargain bin or a votive from a high-end boutique, chances are you smelled a paraffin candle, it passed the sniff test, and the votive made its merrily little way home with you. Since paraffin wax seems to dominate the tiny torch scene, you may not have known there are clean alternatives to paraffin.
When we talk about clean-burning candles, we’re talking about soy wax candles. Soy wax is made from the vegetable soybeans. After the beans are harvested, they are then cleaned, cracked, de-hulled and rolled into flakes. Hydrogenated soybean oil is extracted from the flakes with the leftover flakes being used for food sources like animal feed.
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We all love a scented candle with a divine aroma that fills the room. But it’s important to understand not all candles are created equal, and it all comes down to how they’re made. While there are a few ingredients we despise, paraffin may be the worst (and most common) offender.
Paraffin is one of the most popular candle waxes due to its cheap production costs. Paraffin is a petroleum by-product that’s used to make candle wax. Before it undergoes an intense refinement process, it’s known to contain a vast array of harmful toxins, like toluene and benzene.
But even after paraffin is heavily processed, some experts have expressed that toxins may still linger, ready to flood your living space the second you use it! To blow the lid off more, paraffin isn’t biodegradable, and therefore isn’t a sustainable material. The only thing paraffin is good for is that it’s cheap; and when it comes to your home, “cheap & dubious” isn’t what you deserve.
When it comes to soy wax, there are plenty of “green” and natural advantages. Soy wax is a 100% natural wax derived from environmentally friendly, renewable resources, whereas paraffin wax is made from petroleum and is non-renewable. Soy wax also burns slower than paraffin wax, meaning you get a candle that lasts longer and is able to reach its wax-imum capacity.
Candles made from soy wax burn cleaner and result in less soot. Another reason to choose soy wax when it comes to candles is the fact that soy wax is an excellent fragrance carrier that does not require chemical amplifiers. The result is a well-balanced true to scent candle. Now that just makes scents!
We don’t think we need to light a fire under well, you know what, to opt for a soy wax candle, and ditch the nauseating synthetic scents of paraffin wax for natural aromas, especially essential oils. That said, we’re proud to introduce our Soy Wax Candle collection!
Our soy wax candles are made with pure essential oils for a natural, subtle aroma that comes in 3 beautiful blends. Plus, we’ve just launched smaller size soy wax candles! They might be smaller, but they can candle the job for infusing small spaces with divine fragrances!
Citrus Grove Soy Wax Candle
Want to bring in the outdoors of a citrus haven while staying cool indoors? This candle exudes a vibrant, energizing blend featuring lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine for a gently uplifting ambience. This citrus scent is sure to brighten any dull home space.
Summer Sunset Soy Wax Candle
Need a sunny, refreshing pick-me-up? Transport yourself to your summer oasis by the sea with this bright fragrance of rosemary, lavender, and bergamot to make you feel close to the shore without leaving your home.
Forest Rain Soy Wax Candle
When the weather gets hot (like now), there’s just something appealing about indulging in some woodland escapism with this clean, earthy blend. Pine, cedarwood, and eucalyptus break through the mental fog for a boost of clarity, perfect for those working from home.
All our candles are made in repurposed glass bottles, which is more sustainable than using virgin glass, and fitted with a 100% cotton wick. This makes every candle a truly unique experience: please be aware that you may receive your candle in either white, green, or brown glass, but this won’t impact the candle’s scent.
Our soy wax candles were also created to last; each 7oz candle has a burn time of 40-45 hours.
While we love to spruce up our surroundings, not all home goods are good for your home – and paraffin candles are no exception! We believe that you, your home, and the planet deserve better, and the solution leads us to soy wax candles being a better and safer option for a healthy, inviting home space. It’s how we melt!
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