Why Choose A Soy Candle Over Other Wax Options
While you don't necessarily eat candles, what they're made up of does end up in the air you breathe, so the ingredients within your favorite candles should be just as much of a concern to you as the strength of the throw it is giving off.
Here at Candelles, we choose to work with only all natural 100% soy wax, no blending of any kind. It is made up of USA grown soybeans that are turned into a hydrogenated oil, which solidifies at room temperature. Soy wax is not only non-toxic, but it contains absolutely nothing artificial, which is not usually the case with most types of candle wax.
If your candle isn't made of soy wax, there is a good chance that it is made of paraffin wax. Paraffin is primarily used for its ease of supply and cheap costs, but actually starts out as petroleum, coal, or oil shale, and is broken down into an oil during its purification process. When melted, paraffin wax will release harmful toxins into the air you are breathing, such as benzene, which is a known cancerous carcinogen. Studies show that unlike paraffin wax, soy wax does not realize benzene at all.
It's also very common for people to complain of getting headaches from candles and leaning towards lighter fragrances, but it's usually the paraffin toxins themselves causing the headaches, and not the fragrance or throw of your candle. Very frequently do we hear from our customers raving about how they can finally burn candles again without headaches, and we credit that solely to our high quality, non-toxic soy wax!
PRO TIP: Steer clear of candle companies that do not clearly list their wax ingredients and/or hide behind a vague description of a "wax blend". It is popular amongst the candle community to use these blends to reduce cost, but they tend to be soy wax blended with paraffin.
In addition to using 100% natural soy wax, we also use premium fragrance oils that are all phthalate-free, alcohol-free, and gluten-free, as well as lead free cotton wicks. Simple ingredients, while still full of quality.
Are there other reasons you choose soy? Tell us about them in the comments below!