Soy Wax Candles Benefits
Are you a candle lover on the hunt for a more sustainable and eco-friendly candle option? Look no further than soy wax candles! And if you're familiar with soy candles and you've found yourself wondering, What are the benefits of soy candles anyway?, this post is for you!
Not only are soy candles better for the environment, but they also have a ton of benefits over traditional paraffin wax candles. So get ready to light up your life with some soy wax goodness, as we dive into 5 of the top benefits of soy candles that make these candles the clear choice for candle lovers everywhere!
Soy wax is made from soybeans, a renewable and biodegradable resource, making it a more eco-friendly and sustainable option than paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. The US Department of Agriculture reports that soybean production for the purpose of soy wax has increased from approximately 1 million acres in 2009 to over 2 million acres in 2020. This reflects a growing demand for natural and sustainable candle options, as well as a shift towards supporting local agriculture - all the soy wax we use for candles here at Scented Designs comes from American farmers, whom we're happy to support!
Are Soy Wax Candles Safe?
- As a plant-based wax, soy wax burns cleaner and produces less soot and smoke than paraffin wax. A study by the National Candle Association found soy candles produce ~90% less soot than a paraffin candle, making soy wax candles a better option for maintaining your indoor air quality. Plus, many paraffin wax candles are known to release toxins like benzene, toulene, and other carcinogens when burning. Ick!
- Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax, meaning that a soy candle burns at a lower temperature than a paraffin wax candle. This leads to a slower and longer-lasting burn for your candle. On average, a soy candle will burn 30-50% longer than its same-sized paraffin candle counterpart.
Are Soy Wax Candles Better?
- Soy wax has a stronger scent throw than paraffin wax due to its molecular structure, which allows it to hold more fragrance oil and release it more slowly and evenly when burned, creating a strong scent throw that will last longer as you burn the candle. In contrast, the smaller and simpler molecules in paraffin wax can evaporate more quickly and unevenly, which can result in a weaker scent throw. However, it's important to note that oil quality + fragrance load (how much oil is in the wax) in the candle also have a big impact on scent throw.
- High-quality soy wax candles are less likely to trigger allergies or irritate the respiratory system than paraffin candles or cheap candles with low-quality fragrances. As a non toxic wax option, soy wax is a good choice for people who may be prone to headaches or have respiratory issues that can be aggravated. Again, it's important to note that the other candle ingredients like wick material and fragrance oils also make a difference, which is why we note 'high-quality' soy wax candles!
If you're a candle lover on the hunt for a candle that not only smells great but is also good for you and the environment, soy wax candles are the way to go!
From their longer burn time to their cleaner-burning properties, soy wax candles offer a wide range of benefits that make them a clear winner over traditional paraffin wax candles.
Plus, with their sustainable and renewable origins, soy wax candles allow you to enjoy the soothing ambiance of a candle without any of the guilt.
So, the next time you're looking to light up your life, consider reaching for a soy wax candle. Not only will you be doing yourself a favor, but you'll also be supporting local farmers and promoting sustainability.
So sit back, relax, and let the warm glow and natural fragrance of a soy wax candle transport you to a place of calm and serenity. Your body and the planet will thank you!
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