Chapter 2

Soy wax or paraffin wax, what is the difference?

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This has been a dilemma topic among candle makers and consumers. For most consumers who have rarely had the pleasure of burning a scented candle at home, a cleaner burn may not mean anything; however, connoisseur consumers would be bothered by the black marks left around the candle containers and the grey sooty residue left behind on walls, drapes and upholstery. Candles will produce more or less soot in an unbelievable manner. The 1-million-dollar question will be, why should you choose soy candles over paraffin ones.

Paraffin wax candles create soot and soot is a deep powdery or flaky substance consisting largely of amorphous carbon, produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter, this means, petroleum based fuels. On the other hand, soy wax is completely carbon “soot free”; therefore, there is zero petro-soot components in soy wax candles. This is why, lower soot levels will create a better air quality environment around your home and avoid the issues left by the traditional paraffin candles.

Soy wax provides consumers the possibility of burning clean scented candles from more ecological sources. In addition, soy wax candles burn longer than paraffin ones, so you get more for your money.

Moreover, the use of soy in candles gives farmers the opportunity of developing their crops to supply the new market needs. In fact, soy wax is the first wax innovation in the candle industry in the last 100 years and it is quickly becoming standardised in the industry.

 “ Soy wax candles burn longer than paraffin ones

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 “ Without sounding alarming, there are some cancer causing agents attributed to paraffin.”

So next time you choose a scented candle, ask yourself if you would like to create this beautiful eco-friendly environment for your home, -I know exactly what I will be choosing-.

Without sounding alarming, there are some cancer causing agents attributed to paraffin. In USA, some environmental agencies have considered paraffin as toxic agent. Your lungs can easily absorb the small particles created by soot. Some Researchers warn that, children, elderly people and specially those suffering from asthma to avoid exposure to candle soot. Therefore, although soy wax candles are carbon soot free, there are other agents that contribute to black soot residues in candles.

You would need to bear in mind, that the only soot free candle is the one coming from a natural gas flame. According to experts, this flame is completely blue in nature and burns in what is known as a complete combustion.

To finalise, we are becoming more aware of the benefits of leading a more eco- friendly life and, although soy wax contains small soot particles, it cannot be compared to the ones made of paraffin. I hope that paraffin will be ban one day and, the whole candle industry will evolve according to the needs of the XXI century.

Enjoy your scented candles!

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