I have always loved candles – the cozy feeling they give a room, how they just put you in a relaxing mood, but it wasn’t until recent that I learned that all candles are not created equal!
Soy candles are made with natural soy wax (a vegetable oil derived from soy beans). The soy wax we use in our candles are made from US grown soy beans in the Midwest – yeah to American farmers! Most candles on the market are actually made with paraffin wax which is made from petroleum oil (sounds cozy right?!).
South Carolina State University conducted a study on soy candles and paraffin candles to determine their emissions. It was found that candles made with paraffin wax emitted toluene and benzene when burned. These are actually carcinogenic to humans (yikes!) and are the same toxins released from diesel fuel fumes. Soy based candles did not omit these toxins.
Soy wax burns slower and at lower temperature which makes them often last longer than paraffin. The soy candle will burn 30-50% longer than the paraffin candles.
Paraffin wax typically create petrol-carbon soot in the candles which then burns and gets onto your walls. In my experience I have not seen a soy wax candle create any soot.
Before I went ‘clean’ in my home I previously used a very popular brand of candles (one that most all of us has probably has used) and after about 20 minutes of burning my allergies and asthma would flare up. At the time I didn’t realize why, I just thought I had that reaction to all candles, but it was actually due to the carcinogens and pollutants being released as the candle was burning. Since burning soy candles, I have not had this happen at all!
Paraffin candles are made from a non-renewable source, petroleum. Soy wax is a sustainable source that is not taxing on the planet and is completely renewable. Soy Beans are naturally biodegradable, whereas petroleum is not.
Because paraffin candles are made from petroleum, as they burn they release carbon dioxide – and as you know our atmosphere has way too much of this now. Switching from a paraffin candle to a soy candle will reduce your carbon footprint (how cool is that for the planet?!)
THREE BONUS BENEFITS OF VILIA SOAP SOY WAX CANDLES
- Our all-natural soy wax candles, are made with cotton wicks. Most paraffin and commercial candles are made with zinc or lead wicks.
- We have also chosen to only use phthalate-free fragrances to scent our candles. Phthalates are plasticizing chemicals that are toxic and some have even been banned in the EU. Phthalates are still considered safe by the FDA, although they have been known to cause birth defects in animal testing.
- Our signature custom scents have been created using inspiration from Greece and have went through many of hours of testing just to get it right for you. When you purchase our candles for your home we want to ensure we are delivering a unique experience with our candles.
Have you made the switch to soy candles? If so, what has been your experience? If not, what is holding you back? I would love to know your thoughts!