Soy Candles Versus Paraffin Wax

Often times you will only see paraffin based wax candles in stores to buy. You might think this is the only type of candle offered, but it is not. Since the mid-1990’s, soy candles were invented and have been gaining in popularity ever since. If you cannot find them in the store, they are readily available on the Internet.

Paraffin wax is not a bad choice when it comes to a candle, but soy candles offer many benefits that paraffin wax does not. First, they are good for someone who is worried about the environment because they do not produce a black soot when they burn. This makes for what is called a clean burn and emits less carbon dioxide into the environment.

The soy is made from soybeans that are grown in the United States. That means if you purchase a soy candle, you are supporting a soybean farmer in your country. They are an affordable option and keep candle prices reasonable. Plants under the Earth’s surface, which then changes into petroleum oil, produce paraffin wax naturally. The oil is refined and separated and the clear liquid that comes from this process is called paraffin wax and used for candle making.

If you have pets or small children, soy candles are a desirable option because the wax is non-toxic. It is also easy to clean up if it spills on floors or carpet. All you need is some hot soapy water and it comes up from any surface. Soy is biodegradable and does not contain pollutants.

Part of what makes a soy candles so affordable is the fact that they more slowly. This means a candle will last up to double the amount of time of another type of candle. They also burn at a lower temperature, so you are less likely to get burned by the wax if you come in contact with it. Again, this makes it a good option around children who might get little curious around a candle.

If you are susceptible to allergies or are bothered by smells, a soy candle might be a good option. Paraffin wax can produce negative effects in people who are near these lit candles. On the other hand, soy does not have any pollutants or irritants, so there will not be an allergic reaction to the candle.

Top Shelf Candles offers slow burn, environmentally friendly soy candles at reasonable rates.