Revealing the Benefits of Soy Over Paraffin Wax

In recent years, the choice between soy wax and paraffin wax when purchasing candles (and wax melts) has become a hot topic in the world of home fragrances. Let’s explore the benefits of soy wax candles, shedding light on why they might be the preferred option for eco-conscious and health-aware consumers.

1. **Environmentally Friendly**

   – Soy wax is derived from soybeans, making it a renewable resource. In contrast, paraffin wax is a byproduct of petroleum, coal, and oil shale contributing to non-renewable resource depletion. Choosing soy wax candles supports sustainable and eco-friendly practices.

2. **Cleaner Burning**

   – Soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax, releasing fewer toxins, carcinogens, and pollutants into the air. This is especially important for individuals with respiratory sensitivities or allergies. Soy wax candles provide a purer and healthier atmosphere in your home.

3. **Biodegradable and Non-Toxic**

   – Soy wax is biodegradable, meaning it decomposes naturally. On the other hand, paraffin wax does not break down as easily, potentially contributing to environmental pollution. Soy candles are also non-toxic, ensuring a safer environment for your household.

4. **Longer Burn Time**

   – Soy wax candles generally have a longer burn time compared to paraffin wax candles. This means you can enjoy the soothing ambiance of soy candles for a more extended period, making them a cost-effective choice in the long run.

5. **Even Burning**

   – Soy wax candles have a lower melting point, resulting in a more even burn. This prevents the common issues of tunneling and uneven wax pools often associated with paraffin wax candles. The even burn ensures that you utilize the entire candle, maximizing its longevity.

6. **Better Scent Throw**

   – Soy wax has the ability to hold onto and distribute fragrances more effectively than paraffin wax. This means soy wax candles typically offer a better scent throw, filling your space with a more robust and pleasant aroma.

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7. **Supporting Local Farmers**

   – Choosing soy wax candles supports local farmers involved in soybean cultivation. It promotes sustainable agricultural practices and helps local economies thrive, creating a positive impact beyond the world of candles.

In conclusion, the benefits of soy wax candles extend beyond their delightful scents. They offer a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable alternative to paraffin wax candles. By making the switch to soy, you not only enhance your home environment but also contribute to a greener and more eco-conscious lifestyle.

An additional note is that Scentsy uses a paraffin wax blend, Yankee Candle uses a soy wax blend, and Walmart’s Mainstays brand of candles and wax melts use paraffin wax. Anything listed as a soy wax blend means that while there is some soy wax used, there is also paraffin wax in the mix. The blend is not always 50/50 either, but can be something like 10/90 and it won’t be 90% soy wax.

Jewelscent uses only natural ingredients in our bath and body products. Our candles and home fragrance products are made from natural ingredients and some synthetics that are NEVER derived from animals or animal byproducts. We do not have organic or vegan certification, but can attest to being organic-friendly and vegan-safe.

Also, we try our best to source all natural ingredients so as to be environmentally and health conscious. Our wax products are made from 100% natural coconut soy wax and we use braided cotton wicks. Our glass is formed using natural products. Fragrance oils, however, are not 100% natural though we generally try to use as many natural ingredients possible upon formulation.