What are soy candles?
You might have seen or heard a lot about soy candles in recent years, but there's often confusion around what they are.
Soy candles are made with a sustainable soy wax. Soy wax is derived from vegetables (soy beans) compared to the most popular alternative, paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum (a refined gasoline product).
Soy wax is a natural, renewable resource that is biodegradable. This makes it a popular alternate to traditional candles those looking to minimise their impact on the environment.
How are soy candles better for your health?
Most candles are made with paraffin wax. When these candles are burnt, they create highly toxic benzene and toluene (carcinogens) which are the same toxins found in diesel fumes. When you think of it that, it seems a little odd that we burn these candles in our bedrooms and living rooms, doesn't it?
Soy candles are better for your health because they don’t release these toxins. This means they still have the same calming benefits as regular candles, but they're far less likely to trigger allergies.
Are soy candles better for your home?
Because soy candles don’t release the petrol-carbon soot that you get from paraffin candles, it means you don’t get the blacken walls, furniture and ceilings.
If you've ever spilled candle wax on a floor or carpet, you'll know that it can be a nightmare. But soy wax, as well as being biodegradable, is easy to clean up with soap and water if spilled, so no need for solvents.
Do soy candles last longer?
A soy wax candle lasts on average 30-50% longer than a paraffin candle, as soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin and therefore the wick doesn’t burn as hot. So even if soy candles appear more expensive on occasion, because they last longer they can often be much more cost-effective!
Soy candles from Lotus&you
Our candles contain 15g of pure essential oils in the single wick 160g size candle, meaning the scent is more powerful than many paraffin candles. Burning these aromatherapy candles can bring you huge wellness benefits.
Our 100% natural candles from Wildheart Organics are also made locally in Scotland.
- Better for the environment
- Better for your health
- Better for your home
We hope you'll choose a soy candle for your next purchase. They're worth it!