The Benefits of Soy Wax Candles
The temperatures are dropping, blankets are being pulled out, and the holidays are upon us. Another words, it's time to get cozy! Time to pull together with loved ones and gather around a fireplace with a glass of wine, and what better way to add to the ambiance during this season than with a few too many candles scattered on kitchen counters and tabletops, shelves and night tables, fireplace mantles and coffee tables.
We reached out to Jessica Cornwell, the owner and creator of North + 29 Candle Co., whose candles we are proud to carry, and we asked her to shed some of her expertise on the benefits of burning soy candles versus the paraffin wax that can be found in every department store in the country.
Without further ado, we'll let Jessica take it from here...
In the last few years, we have seen a huge spike in soy candles. Why are they so darn trendy? Well, aside from the creamy consistency of the wax, the great scent throw, and the really awesome small batch makers that are making these products come to life – there ARE actual health benefits to soy candles as well.
WHAT IS SOY WAX? Let’s start with the basics. Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. The majority of the world’s soybeans are grown right here in the USA. The harvesting and extraction process of the soybean oil converts the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated, leaving behind a wax that is solid at room temperature.
Soy wax solidifies in flake form. Due to this, candles made with soy wax are prone to slight appearance imperfections. Frosting and uneven surfaces may occur, but these minor imperfections will never affect the quality of the burn.
WHY IS IT SO GREAT? Soy wax is completely renewable, unlike petroleum-based wax such as paraffin. In addition, soy wax is extremely clean burning, is eco-friendly, carbon neutral, and does not release toxins into the air. Many individuals who get headaches when burning candles switch to soy candles due to these non-toxic properties.
Paraffin on the other hand, which is still the most commonly used candle wax today, creates toxic benzene and toluene when it is burned. These two toxic chemicals are both known carcinogens, and are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
A couple other benefits of soy wax are that it is easy to clean up with soap and water, so there is no need for harmful solvents, and it is not subject to animal testing.
MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK // Soy wax also burns cooler, resulting in a longer lasting candle. So initially, you may be paying more for the product, but the lifespan will be longer than some of the alternatives. Be aware of a cheap candle claiming to be made with soy wax, most likely it is mixed with many other unnatural additives and very little soy.
SUPPORT LOCAL // Purchasing a soy wax candle supports our loca lfarmers in the Midwest and stimulates our local economy. Also often times, when you purchase a soy candle, odds are it was created by a local small business instead of imported from another country.
Whatever your candle of choice is, you now can make informed decisions based on what the label says and feel good about it too!