Posted by Dr. Teri Dourmashkin on 12/2/2015
Soy candles are made from soybeans which is a natural and renewable source grown by farmers. They are a clean alternative to paraffin candles which are made from petroleum, a non-renewable source that contains carcinogenic substances. A soy candle made from soy wax releases little soot unlike paraffin candles where a significant amount of soot is released. This soot tends to stick on the walls and other item in your home.
What is Soot?
A soot is a solid particle that results from the incomplete combustion. Paraffin candles have ‘petro-carbon soot’ not found is soy wax. We all know how dangerous petroleum is for the environment. Petroleum releases compuonds that can even cause cancers and respiratory disease like asthma in the human body. Let's not forget the global problems related to petroleum products, like petroleum being in limited supply, and not being a renewable resource. Burning petroleum products also creates air pollution and contributes to global warming.
About Soy Candles
Soy candles are candles made from soy wax, which is a processed form of soybean oil. It directly helps American farmers too. When you buy soy candles the profit share goes to the soybean farmers unlike the case of paraffin candles where profit goes to the cash-rich petroleum companies.
Soy candles last much longer than their paraffin counterparts because soy has a much slower burning time. So you may pay more initially when you buy them but you won’t have to buy them often. They burn evenly with little to no wasted wax. The good news is that soy wax spills clean up easily with soap and water, and we all know how difficult it can be to clean paraffin wax spills.
Soy candles have a great scent-throw which fills the room with long-lasting scent. The scent is stronger and more pleasant than the paraffin ones. This is because soy wax has a lower melting point than its counterparts. There is alsoa a larger amount of the liquid wax pool around the candle wick itself. It is from this liquid wax pool and the wick itself that the essential oils evaporate into the atmosphere.