Soy wax is a natural alternative to the traditional paraffin wax.
Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum and releases harmful chemicals when the candle burns. A study in 2009 claims that paraffin candles gives off toxic benzene which is carcinogenic. Paraffin is made from non renewable fossil fuel and also emits higher levels of soot than soy candles.
Soy wax is made from soy beans which is hydrogenated to make oil that solidifies at room temperature. Soy wax is a renewable resource and the wax burns longer and cleaner. It is suggested that a soy wax candle can burn 30-50% longer than an old fashioned paraffin wax candle.
Soy wax has a lower melting point and also a stronger scent profile allowing your candle to burn longer, cleaner and stay fragrant for longer.
What wick is the best in your soy candle is the next question often asked. Cotton wicks that are in most candles are still perfectly fine to use. They may burn your candle slightly faster compared to a wood wick as they throw a higher flame where as a wood wick burns horizontally with a lower, slower flame. Wood wicks produce a unique crackle which some people enjoy.
So over all, Paraffin wax candles are outdated, bad for the environment and your health. Soy candles with high quality essential oils are long burning, sustainable and environmentally friendly. Most candle vessels these days can be re purposed or many home based candle makers will refill for a smaller fee than the original price.
Enjoy the ambience and beautiful aromas of our botanical soy candle range. You can buy Ceramic Soy Candles in Australia here at Otway Crystals.