Candles have become an essential part of modern-day life, from aromatherapy to setting the mood in your home, office, or a special occasion. However, have you ever wondered about the wax used to make your candles? There are two primary types of candle wax: paraffin and soy. In this blog post, we'll be discussing why soy wax is so much better than paraffin wax.
Soy wax is made from soybeans, a renewable resource. In contrast, paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Soy wax is eco-friendly, whereas paraffin wax emits harmful chemicals when burned. Soy wax is biodegradable, and the residue can be easily cleaned with soap and water. Paraffin wax, on the other hand, is not biodegradable and leaves behind a difficult-to-remove residue.
Another advantage of soy wax is that it burns much cleaner than paraffin wax. Soy wax candles produce 90% less soot than paraffin wax candles. Soot buildup can cause health problems such as lung irritation, allergies, and respiratory issues. Soy wax also burns longer and cooler than paraffin wax, which means it can last up to 50% longer than paraffin wax candles.
Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax, which makes it a safer option. If a soy wax candle accidentally spills or tips over, it will not cause a serious burn. Paraffin wax has a higher melting point, which means it can cause severe burns if spilled or splattered.
Soy wax is also a more sustainable option. Soybeans are grown in many regions worldwide and are a renewable resource. The production process of soy wax requires less energy than paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum. Soy wax candles are often handmade, which supports small businesses and local economies.
In conclusion, soy wax is a better option for candles than paraffin wax for several reasons. Soy wax is eco-friendly, biodegradable, cleaner-burning, longer-lasting, safer, and more sustainable. So next time you're in the market for candles, consider choosing soy wax candles for a better experience for both you and the environment.
At Brooklyn Wax, we only use sustainably sourced soy wax in our candles.