Soy and Paraffin Candles (mini post)

If you have eyes, then you may have noticed the heightened popularity of soy candles. Candles have long been popular and with so many variations available, people are particular in their choices. Soy and soy blends have become increasingly popular over paraffin wax in recent years.

First, let’s get the basics out of the way. So what’s the difference?

Paraffin Wax: is made from petroleum (yes, the same petroleum used to make oil and gas). It is made by removing the waxy substance from crude oil.

Soy Wax: is made from soybeans. Soy wax is all natural and therefore sustainable since we can grow more soybeans.

This is important because we breathe (usually quite deeply) when we’re burning candles. Soy candles made with essential oils are a healthy way to enjoy candles. They contain no synthetic scents, allowing you to literally and figurative breathe freely. At this point, I think it’s a no-brainer that it’s better for the body to breathe clean, toxin-free air. Many candles today are made of paraffin wax which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes and are linked to asthma and lung cancer.

The choice whether to use paraffin or soy wax candles is a personal choice, the aforementioned information is meant to inform and not influence. The more you know…

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