If you haven’t had the chance to try burning soy wax instead of traditional paraffin, you could be missing out on a host of benefits for your nose, your wallet, and your health. In fact, burning soy wax in a wax melt or candle form is a much better option than traditional paraffin for many reasons. Find out why below!
#1. Soy Wax is Natural
Derived from the soybean, soy wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that turns to a solid at room temperature. After they are harvested, the beans are cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and rolled into flakes. Soy wax contains nothing artificial, which makes it a better alternative to old-fashioned paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum oil and produces harmful by-products when burned or melted. Soy wax is non-toxic making it better both for the environment and your health!
One-touch of nature makes the whole world kin.William Shakespeare
#2. Paraffin Wax May Contain Benzene
Many mainstream candle brands make their candles with paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum. It has been claimed that paraffin wax releases harmful substances when burnt, which has contributed to its fall out of favor. In 2009, a study by South Carolina State University found that burning paraffin wax candles give off benzene. The American Cancer Society classifies benzene as a carcinogen, a substance that promotes the growth of cancer. In the same 2009 study performed by South Carolina State University, they found that soy wax did not give off benzene, unlike paraffin wax.
#3. Soy Wax is Environmentally Friendly
Since soy wax is made from soybeans, it is friendly to the environment because soybeans are a renewable resource. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have kids, or have pets, because it’s the safest option health-wise. You want to avoid wax blends or candles that don’t state the exact breakdown of ingredients.
#4. Soy Wax Burns Cleaner
Because soy wax is made of all-natural materials, it is thought that it delivers a cleaner burn than petroleum-derived paraffin wax. It’s common to hear people complain of headaches when paraffin candles burn, but in general, this isn’t due to the scent of the wax but rather the chemicals it releases into the air.
Delivering stronger scents to being healthier to burn, there are many reasons to use soy wax melts and candles instead of paraffin. If you would like to experience the benefits of soy wax yourself, be sure to visit the Flaming Gaia Shop, where you’ll find soy wax products available in a variety of delightful scents.
- Allow your candles to burn for a minimum of 3 hours to create a full “melt pool”. Extinguishing your candle before the melted wax has reached the edges will create a tunnel down the middle and could result in lots of leftover wax.
- Trim your wick each time before relighting. Trim burnt tip with scissors or wick trimmer. Trimming your wick regularly ensures the best, safest, and cleanest burn.
- Keep lit candles away from any draft or direct air flow. Avoiding drafts will increase the burn time, prevent uneven burning, decreased scent throw and accidental fire. If your wick flame is unusually high or flickering repeatedly extinguish your candle, let it cool, trim your wick and try again. It may have caught a draft!
- For your safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch of wax remains in the container.
- Always burn candle within sight and keep out of reach of children and pets
- Use your lid to put out your flame.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle your vessel!