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June 18, 2021 3 min read

Soy wax candles get a lot of hype around being better but what do we mean when we say they are better? This article is going to go through all the benefits of choosing soy wax candles over traditional paraffin candles. Soy candles are better for your health and the planet plus they are a quality option that can save you money in the long run.

Why Are Soy Candles Better For You?

We've broken down what we believe are the three main reasons soy candles are better than other candles, especially paraffin wax ones.

Are Soy Candles Better for The Environment?

The short answer is yes. Soy candles are better for the environment because they are not made using petroleum-based chemicals. This is better for the environment for two reasons. One, the manufacturing process for turning oil into paraffin wax is damaging. This is because it releases extra carbon into the atmosphere and is using up precious oil to create the candle. Two, when you burn paraffin wax at home you release soot and extra gases into the air. This contributes to global warming. Plus your home can be damaged by soot particles.

Soy wax candles that are made in a cruelty-free way are also better for the environment because they are vegan. No animals or animal products are used in their creation. This is another big issue in traditional candle making as they frequently use additives, colourings and scents made from animals. If you want to ensure the protection of our wildlife, soy wax is a better option than paraffin.

Are soy candles better for Your Health & Safety?

While there is still limited research out there on the effects of candle burning on your health, there is evidence to suggest that soy wax is better for your health than paraffin candles. Paraffin wax candles can trigger allergies, release toxic chemicals into the air and even have carcinogenic materials in them. Soy wax, on the other hand, does not have any of these risks. The only exception would be with an allergic reaction to natural scents for some people. As with all candles, soy candles carry the risk of starting a fire. Follow manufacturers guidance on burning your candle at home, and never ever leave a lit flame unattended.

Other Practical Reasons Soy Candles Are Better

There is of course, lots of other practical reasons why soy candles are the best candle option. Soy candles:

  • Last longer. Soy wax burns for roughly 3 hours more per 100 grams compared to paraffin. This makes them more cost-effective.
  • Throw their scent better. The fats in the soy allow it to capture the fragrance and because of its slower burning, the scent is released evenly from start to finish.
  • Come in a huge range of styles and scents. While this is true of candles, we especially love the styles and scents of soy wax candle makers which usually have environmentally friendly practices and designs in mind.

These practical improvements will ensure you save money when purchasing and using your candle collection.

Choosing the right Soy Wax Candle

As you can see, soy candles are a better option in many ways. If you're looking at buying a candle for your home we have more advice and inspiration on our blog. Including our ultimate article; How to Choose a Candle: A Candle Buying Guide. Browse our full collection of soy wax candles here or check out our soy wax melt collection. If you can't find what you are looking for, or have any questions, please get in touch. Our team is always happy to help.

Lorna Middleton
Lorna Middleton



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