Paraffin Sucks! You Should Be Burning Soy Candles

Sep 18, 2019

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Soy candles carry a lot of key benefits compared to paraffin candles

Soy wax is the first wax innovation in the candle industry in over a century and is becoming increasingly popular. While we’re all for tradition, there are a lot of reasons why out with the old and in with the new should apply to candles.

What is soy wax?

Soy candles’ wax is a vegetable wax made from fully hydrogenated soybean oil, forming a triglyceride. We usually think of hydrogenated oils and triglycerides as tasty treats to be avoided, but for making candles it’s perfect!

Soybeans are harvested, cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the soybean flakes using solvent extraction or mechanical pressing. Then the oil is refined and bleached. What’s left over from the extraction process can be used for cattle feed.

About 60 kg of soybeans produces 10 kg of soybean oil.

Our top 8 reasons you should be burning soy candles

Paraffin candles are cheaper, smell good, and are what we’ve always burned. Why switch to soy candles?

  • Health
  • Natural
  • Eco-friendly, burn cleaner, Non-toxic
  • Easier clean up
  • Last longer
  • Smell better
  • Stronger scent
  • Support farmers


Burning soy candles vs. paraffin is better for your health and home.

The soot from paraffin candles contain 11 toxins, including two carcinogens: toluene and benzene. In fact, recent studies are finding that firefighters have a higher rate of cancer because of harmful chemicals in products, such as benzene found in waxed furniture.

The carcinogens found in paraffin candles are typically labeled “toxic air agents” by environmental agencies. Soy candles don’t release toxins into the air.

Soot particles are small, allowing them an easier way into the lungs. Some researchers advise children, the elderly, and individuals with respiratory diseases like asthma to avoid candle soot. Soy candles have also been found to reduce migraines in those sensitive to these toxins.

Soy candles, unlike traditional paraffin candles, burn clean.

Many people find that paraffin wax gives them a headache. If you are one of those people, soy wax is a good reason to give our candles a try!

Natural soy

Soy candles are made from vegetable oil (soybeans), which are natural and renewable. Paraffin candles are made from petroleum oil, a nonrenewable source that contains carcinogens that get released into the air when burning. Soy wax candles do not release CO2. They don’t require chemicals to give them their scent either.

Good for the environment

Soy wax is a sustainable resource that is biodegradable; whereas paraffin is a refined gasoline by-product. Its sourcing makes us less reliant on nonrenewable crude oil and, hence, better for the environment. Soy candle materials can also be grown anywhere and thus can be sourced locally in America.

Soy candles are non-toxic candles since they are made from vegetable oil. This makes soy candles a healthier choice for humans, pets, and the environment.

Longer lasting

Soy candles can burn anywhere from 35% to over 50% longer than paraffin candles because soy wax has a lower melting point, making it a cooler burning temperature than paraffin wax. So, while soy candles seem more expensive when you look at the size of the candle you’re getting for your money, it is actually about the same price since soy candles of the same size as their paraffin counterparts last longer. Plus, you don’t have to buy soy candles as often!

Soy candles are efficient and reduce waste. They also burn evenly, minimizing unburned wax left on the sides of the jar.

Stronger scent throw

When a candle’s scent “throws well” the scent fills the entire room. Soy candles throw well.

The lower melting point of soy wax results in a greater surface area of liquid wax pooling around the candlewick. The essential oils are released from the liquid wax pooling around the wick and from the wick itself.

Better Scent

While a matter of taste, many people prefer the scent of soy candles over paraffin.

Soy candles hold onto the scents from the essential oils that are often used to give soy candles their fragrance. Also, since the soy wax burns clean, you get a cleaner scent as a consequence. After all, why add a wonderful scent that’s expensive to add only to dampen its fragrance with crude wax?

Burning soy candles supports farmers

Soy candles help American farmers. Unlike paraffin, soy is sourced from our soybean farmers, mostly in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. So, you’re also helping the U.S. economy.

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