what are the differences between soy candles and paraffin candles?

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  • February 25, 2012 5:17 pm

Some candle company’s consider their candles to be “soy candles” even though they are “blended” with paraffin wax.  Soy wax candles can be called soy candles even if they are as little as 25% soy or vegetable wax! We urge you to thoroughly read the label, and ask if your candles are a “blend”.

Soy Candles are made from 100% all natural waxes, which are soy and vegetable waxes (palm plant wax is used for our pillars).

Soy wax burns cleaner, lasts longer, holds more fragrance and supports American agriculture. It contains no toxic chemicals or carcinogenic compounds. Soy candles don’t put your health at risk. Soy candles do not release the toxins that paraffin candles emit.

Soy wax candles are crafted from soy beans. That part of your candle is absolutely all natural. Soy wax candles are not “all-natural” when you add dyes and fragrance oils. Once you add those two elements, your candle is no longer natural as they both contain chemicals.

Paraffin wax is a by-product of fuel refining – specifically, Paraffin is basically the “bottom of the barrel” even after asphalt is extracted. Paraffin is the final byproduct in the petroleum refining chain.

Even “food grade” paraffin contains several known carcinogens (cancer causing agents) identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – such as benzene and toulene, which are released into the air as a paraffin candle burns. Some other air contaminants in paraffin fumes include methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), and naphthalene–substances found in paint, lacquer and varnish removers.

Research suggests breathing paraffin fumes from a burning paraffin candle in an enclosed environment, has much the same detrimental effect as inhaling significant second-hand tobacco smoke, or even the exhaust fumes of a small diesel engine! The state of California, under its Proposition 65 Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, has identified at least seven major toxins in paraffin wax.

Our soy candles are crafted out of 100% kosher, FDA certified organic soybean wax.  Our soy wax has been specially blended and analyzed. It contains NO pesticides or herbicides and is NOT from genetically modified crops!

Our soy candles are eco-friendly, hand-crafted and biodegradable.  Custom crafted with top-grade fragrance oils, we guarantee our soy candles to be the safest, most fragrant eco-candle you’ll find!


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