Top 5 Reasons To Buy Soy Candles Instead Of Regular Paraffin Candles

soy-candles-by-Sbocaj.jpg For me, it’s very easy to see why using soy wax candles and other soy products makes sense.

However, maybe you simply haven’t had the opportunity to try soy candles yet.

I thought I’d share some of the reasons that so many people prefer soy candles over regular candles which are made from paraffin…


Why Soy Candles Are So Great

#1  Soy candles are natural since they’re made from vegetable oil (soybeans). On the other hand,paraffin candles are made from petroleum oil. As a result, soy wax candles do not increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere like paraffin candles do. Furthermore, soy candles do not require chemicals to scent them.

For the record… if a soy candle is made from 100% soy (not all are; some are blended with beeswax or other waxes), and scented with essentials oils instead of chemical fragrances (as many are), then it can be called an all-natural soy candle.

Since soybeans are vegetables, soy wax (basically made from hydrogenated soybean oil) is naturally biodegradable. Soy wax is also easier to remove from materials and other surfaces than paraffin wax. Source


#2  Soy candles burn 50% longer than regular candles. Therefore, even though soy wax candles are sometimes more expensive than paraffin wax candles to buy, they are still more cost-effective in the long run. For comparison’s sake, soy candles generally cost less than beeswax candles (another natural wax alternative to paraffin). Furthermore, soy candles burn evenly, leaving almost no excess wax on the sides of the jar.

Soy not only burns cleaner, but slower too. A soy candle can burn up to twice as long (sometimes even more!) than parafin, giving you twice the candle. Source


#3  Soy candles burn cleaner than regular paraffin candles do. As a result, they don’t produce much black soot like paraffin candles do. Candle soot is more of a nuisance than you might realize. If you burn a lot of candles, over time it can discolor your walls & furniture and stain the edges of your carpet!

If you have ever had a soy wax candle in the past that did leave black soot around the jar, there are several reasons this may have happened. One explanation is it wasn’t 100% soy, but rather a soy/paraffin blend. Many advertise “soy candle” have unknown blends that you may not catch unless you search deep into their site. If it doesn’t say 100% or tell you what’s in the candles, watch out. Another reason you see black soot could have been the use of metal wicks. While no candle made in the US has lead, they can have zinc. Zinc wicks are not toxic like lead, but they will produce more soot than cotton or hemp wicks.  Source

#4  Soy candles are non-toxic
since they are made of vegetable oil, have a lower melting point (so the wax itself doesn’t get as hot), produce negligible amounts of soot, and release no known carcinogens into the air. Compared to paraffin candles, soy wax candles are much healthier for humans, pets, and the environment. Plus, they clean up easier (just use soap and water) when the wax is spilled.

Paraffin candles release a petro-carbon soot that stains your walls, furniture and is circulated through your air ducts. This soot, according to the American Lung Association, contains 11 documented toxins, 2 of which are known carcinogens — toluene and benzene.  Source


#5  The scent from soy candles is much stronger and more pleasant than the scent from paraffin wax candles. Because of the lower melting point of soy wax, there is 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.

When it’s said that a candle scent “throws well”, this means it fills the room with a strong, lasting scent. Soy wax candles not only have a great scent throw, but also have a cleaner smell. It’s been noted by many that paraffin wax will give them headaches. Of course it’s not the scent itself, but the additional chemicals the paraffin is putting off. Because soy burns so clean, you’ll get a cleaner scent as well.  Source


Those are just a few of the many reasons to use soy candles over regular paraffin candles.

I love soy candles and have been using them exclusively for over a year now. My personal feeling is they are the best type of candle available.



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Tips For Burning Soy Candles…

Soy candles should be allowed to melt, filling the entire center with liquid. As the liquid around the wick melts, the candle pool should expand to the outside rim of the candle or the sides of the candle container. A flickering candle is a sign that it is not burning properly. The candle should be completely cooled between uses and the candle wick should always be trimmed to 1/4 inch before each use. Soy candles burn up to 50 percent longer and do not increase CO2 levels. Soy candles are easier to clean up than paraffin if wax is spilled. Soy wax can be removed from furniture and candle holders with warm water and soap.  Source


Did You Know?

If you want to lessen the amount of smoke when putting out a candle (either a soy candle or some other type, it doesn’t matter), you should use a wick dipper. This is very different from a candle snuffer.

A wick dipper is a tool used to push the wick down into the candle wax pool to put the candle out, then used to pull the wick back up straight. Using a wick dipper will reduce the amount of smoke.



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  • Christina_Moore

    I recently started using soy candles, and I am obsessed! Not only do they smell better than traditional wax candles, but they last way longer. I found this post that you would enjoy, it goes into further detail of how soy candles are better than traditional paraffin wax candles. Check it out when you get a chance!

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  • Christopher Paul

    Why is it that everything I read on soy candles goes against what I have read in studies and EPA reports. I understand soy marketing is aggressive against paraffin but to print misstatements is not the way to go. How can soy not need scent and be natural but then be hold more scent. The processing of soy wax involves chemicals, negating the natural theory. Also soy is known to throw weaker scent than paraffin, which is why paraffin is still so popular for scented candles, and is often mixed with soy to get the best of both worlds. I have nothing against soy, just people telling lies and misstating facts because they didn’t bother to research well or are pushing to sell their own soy products.

  • Christopher Paul

    As I check through the article, I realize the problem, you use soy promoters websites to make your case, this is like asking a Ford car dealer why Fords are the best cars, A VERY VERY BIASED OPINION IS WHAT YOU WILL GET. I would think a reporter would know better.

  • meimei ma

    almost none of those points are true …
    Palm wax has issues too. Palm oil production cause deforestation and loss of habitat for endangered species :T
    Paraffin is a byproduct of petroleum refining… and artificial fragrances can contain endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, or hormone mimickers…

    I just want to light a candle without harming anyone!! *pulls hair out in frustration*

  • CaptainPig

    Total twaddle says I.