Top 3 reasons why you should switch to soy candles

Top 3 reasons why you should switch to soy candles

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.