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All candles are not created equal: Soy vs. Paraffin

Written by Kalisha Price

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Posted on July 31 2019

The most talked about topic with soy candles is their ability to clean burn. For those of you who don’t burn candles often in their house, this may not be a big deal to you, but for those frequent candle burners like me, this is a huge deal. 


Let me share a quick little story about why I am never going back to paraffin wax candles.


I was gifted a really big and expensive candle for Christmas, which btw, I was so excited to get! I couldn’t wait to get home and light this candle...and I did just that! It was heaven so I thought. The scent filled the air beautifully but to my surprise it was a black film everywhere, just hours later! It was on my cabinets and on the cups IN the cabinet, my doors, the walls, and all my countertops were covered with this black film. I thought, if it was all over my house like this, it had to be in the air we were breathing. 


Of course, I quickly had to do some research. I found out way more than I wanted to know about paraffin wax. But the thing that stood out the most was finding out paraffin is refined gasoline, a by-product of petroleum and when burned, it emits 11 toxins into the air (a few of them being cancer-causing agents), according to E.P.A reports.


Check out this list below to help you get a quick glance as to why all candles are not created equally. Do you and your family a favor and make the change to soy wax candles today! 

 

Paraffin Wax

  • made from Petroleum
  • emits harmful vapors when burned
  • emits black soot
  • Difficult to remove spills
  • Has cancer-causing agents
  • Must be mixed with chemicals to release fragrance
  • May not completely burn
  • Not biodegradable 
  • Supports the oil industry

 

Soy Wax

  • Made from vegetables 
  • 100% natural & non-toxic
  • Burns clean 
  • Cleans easily with soap and water
  • 100% pure & safe
  • Fragrance releases naturally, faster, and longer
  • Burns completely and longer
  • Biodegradable
  • Supports farmers

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