The Benefits of Soy Wax
Did you know that most candles available on the market are made with paraffin wax? It’s mostly found as a white, odourless, tasteless waxy solid. Seems pretty harmless. But dig a little deeper and paraffin doesn’t quite stack up against more natural alternatives like soy candles on a few key fronts.
1. Green Credentials
Paraffin wax is a petroleum waste by-product made when crude oil is refined into gasoline. These are non-renewable resources, and using oil and petrol in industry and for fuel contributes to air pollution issues and rising greenhouse gas emissions. Not the most eco-friendly product. By comparison, soy wax is based on a renewable resource, made from the oil of soybeans. It’s basically a natural vegetable wax. Some cheeky candle brands claim they are soy but blend their wax with paraffin. At Enflamme, we use 100% soy wax in our candles free from any nasties.
Another bonus is that soy wax candles burn slower than paraffin candles – up to 30 to 50 per cent longer – meaning they last, saving you pennies on getting new ones and helping to conserve resources in their production.
2. Soot Sucks
When burned, it’s widely believed paraffin candles give off toxic fumes and soot which can play havoc with indoor air quality and your health. That’s a bit yuk. You can often tell if a candle contains paraffin by that black smudgy residue left on the holders or surrounding surfaces. Candle soot can also deposit on furniture, carpets, walls and in air filters.
Since soot particles are typically very small, they can potentially penetrate the deepest areas of your lung. Researchers warn that people vulnerable to respiratory problems like asthma should avoid exposure to candle soot. Young kids and the elderly, in particular.
Soy wax, on the other hand, is ‘clean burning’ as there is no soot or harmful chemicals released. So you can feel safe in burning these little beauties every night.
3. On the Nose
Scented paraffin candles often also contain artificial fragrances that may be derived from petroleum. Aside from having little therapeutic value compared to pure essential oils, their lovely smells may be masking chemicals that are not good for us.
Fragrances in Enflamme soy candles are made from plant-derived essential oils. Try our popular Green Tea and Lilly for a refreshing scent for summer evenings. Or the Coconut Milk candle for a touch of tropical in your living room.
Other good stuff…
Aside from offering 100% naturally scented soy wax candles, you may be chuffed to know that at Enflamme we also:
– Pour and package our candles by hand
– House our candles in ceramic pots handmade from natural clay
– lead-free and 100% organic cotton wicks
See our range to add a natural toxic-free glow to your space.