There are so many candles on the market and they're made from all different types of ingredients. The most popular ingredient is paraffin wax- think the candles you buy at the dollar store or home goods shops- which is derived from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. Paraffin wax was discovered in the 1850s and while it marked a major advancement in candlemaking (it burned more reliably than tallow candles and was cheaper to produce), today, there are other alternatives, such as soy, that make for a safer and better candle.
Here are the top 3 reasons why you should switch to soy candles:
Soy wax burns cleaner with little soot released, since it's considered to be a natural and sustainable product. Compare that to your traditional candle made of paraffin, which often creates a significant amount of black soot that ultimately lands on your walls and other surfaces in the home.
Soy candles are non-toxic, so they won't release toxins into the air as they burn. In fact, soy wax candles are considered healthier for humans, pets, and the environment as a whole. Research has even shown that there are several toxins released by paraffin candles contain known carcinogens, which are cancer-causing agents. Nearly all of them have been considered as "toxic air agents" by various environmental agencies.
Soy candles are "slow burning", which means they typically last longer than a paraffin candle of the same size. Soy burns at a cooler temperature, so even though you may pay more for a soy candle initially, they're worth the investment since you won't have to buy new ones as frequently.