If you haven’t had the chance to try burning soy wax instead of traditional paraffin, or had not even noticed that there was a difference between paraffin wax and soy wax, you could be missing out on several benefits for your nose, your wallet, and your health. In fact, burning soy wax in either wax melt or candle form is a much better option than traditional paraffin for many reasons.
#1. Soy Wax is Natural
Derived from the soybean, soy wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that turns to a solid at room temperature. After they are harvested, the soybeans are cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and rolled into flakes. Soy wax contains nothing artificial, which makes it a better alternative to old-fashioned paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum oil and produces harmful by-products when burned or melted. Soy wax is non-toxic making it better both for the environment and your health!
#2. Paraffin Wax May Contain Benzene
Many mainstream candle brands make their candles with paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum. It has been claimed that paraffin wax releases harmful substances when burnt, which has contributed to its fall out of favor. In 2009, a study by South Carolina State University found that burning paraffin wax candles give off benzene. The American Cancer Society classifies benzene as a carcinogen, a substance that promotes the growth of cancer.
* In the same 2009 study performed by South Carolina State University, they found that soy wax did not give off benzene, unlike paraffin wax.
#3. Soy Wax is Environmentally Friendly
Since soy wax is made from soybeans, it is friendly to the environment because soybeans are a renewable resource. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have kids, or have pets, because it’s the safest option health-wise. You want to avoid wax blends or candles that don’t state the exact breakdown of ingredients.
#4. Soy Wax Burns Cleaner Because soy wax is made of all natural materials, it delivers a cleaner burn than petroleum derived paraffin wax. It’s common to hear people complain of headaches when paraffin candles burn, but in general, this isn’t due to the scent of the wax but rather the chemicals it releases into the air.
With all of the emphasis on cleaning our environments, we most definitely want to have the cleanest and safest environment within our homes or workspaces for our families, pets, co-workers and ourselves!
Cleaner burning soy wax candles and tarts assure that you are getting the cleanest burn possible, as well as that you are not releasing toxins into the environent within your own home.
We KNOW that you will love soywax candles and tarts from Red Barn Candles and Gifts. Be sure to check out our line of warmers to use with our soy tarts too!