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  • May 15, 2023 6 min read

    Why Soy Wax Candles Are the Eco-Friendly Choice for Your Home

    In today's world, where global warming and climate change are real threats, more and more people are looking for eco-friendly alternatives to traditional products. One area where this trend is especially prominent is in the world of candles. Soy wax candles have emerged as a popular choice for those who want to enjoy the warm glow, the ambience and the soothing fragrance of candles while minimising their impact on the environment.

    Soy wax candles are made from soybeans, a renewable resource that is biodegradable and non-toxic. They burn cleaner and longer than traditional paraffin wax candles, which are made from petroleum. In addition to being eco-friendly, soy wax candles are also known for their strong scent throw, making them a popular choice for those who love to fill their homes with pleasant aromas. So, whether you're looking to reduce your carbon footprint or simply want to enjoy the many benefits of soy wax candles, there's never been a better time to choose a soy wax candle.

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    What Makes Soy Wax Candles Eco-Friendly?

    Soy wax candles are eco-friendly for several reasons. First, soy wax is made from soybeans, a renewable resource that is biodegradable and non-toxic. This means that soy wax candles are a sustainable choice that won't harm the environment. Additionally, soy wax is a cleaner burning alternative to traditional paraffin wax candles. Paraffin wax is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource that is highly polluting. When burned, paraffin wax releases toxins such as benzene and toluene into the air, which can be harmful to your health. Soy wax, on the other hand, is non-toxic and doesn't release harmful chemicals when burned. This makes soy wax candles a healthier choice for you and your family, as well as for the environment.

    Another reason why soy wax candles are eco-friendly is that they are biodegradable. When you're finished with your soy wax candle, you can simply dispose of it in your compost bin or in the rubbish bin. Soy wax is biodegradable, which means that it will break down naturally over time without harming the environment. This is in contrast to paraffin wax candles, which are not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to break down in landfills.

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    Benefits of Soy Wax Candles

    There are many benefits to using soy wax candles in your home. First and foremost, soy wax candles burn cleaner and longer than traditional paraffin wax candles. This means that you'll get more use out of your candle, and you won't have to worry about harmful toxins being released into your home when you burn it. Additionally, soy wax candles have a lower melting point than paraffin wax candles, which means that they burn more slowly and evenly. This can help to extend the life of your candle and ensure that it burns evenly from start to finish.

    Another benefit of soy wax candles is that they have a strong scent throw. This means that they release their fragrance into the air more effectively than other types of candles. Soy wax is also known for holding onto fragrance oils better than other types of wax, which means that your soy wax candle will have a more intense, longer-lasting scent than a candle made from another type of wax.

    Soy Wax vs. Paraffin Wax Candles

    Soy wax candles and paraffin wax candles are two of the most popular types of candles on the market. However, there are some key differences between the two. As we've already discussed, soy wax candles are an eco-friendlier choice than paraffin wax candles. Not only are they made from a renewable resource, but they also burn cleaner and release fewer toxins into the air.

    Another difference between soy wax candles and paraffin wax candles is in their scent throw. Soy wax candles have a stronger scent throw than paraffin wax candles, which means that they release their fragrance into the air more effectively. Additionally, soy wax holds onto fragrance oils better than paraffin wax, which means that your soy wax candle will have a stronger, longer-lasting scent.

    Finally, soy wax candles and paraffin wax candles differ in their appearance. Soy wax candles have a smoother, more uniform appearance than paraffin wax candles, which tend to have a more textured, rustic look.

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    How Soy Wax Candles Are Made

    Soy wax candles are made from soy wax, which is derived from soybeans. The process of making soy wax involves extracting the oil from the soybeans, which is then hydrogenated to create a solid wax. This wax can be used on its own or blended with other natural waxes to create a candle that burns evenly and cleanly.

    To make a soy wax candle, the soy wax is melted and mixed with fragrance oils and colorants. The mixture is then poured into a container and left to cool and solidify. Once the candle has cooled, it can be lit and enjoyed.

    Tips for Burning Soy Wax Candles

    To get the most out of your soy wax candle, there are a few tips to keep in mind. First, always trim the wick before lighting your candle. This will help to prevent the wick from smoking and ensure that your candle burns evenly. Additionally, make sure that you burn your soy wax candle long enough to create a full melt pool. This means that the wax has melted all the way to the edges of the container. Burning your candle for at least 2-3 hours at a time will help to ensure that you get a full melt pool and that your candle burns evenly from start to finish.

    Finally, always burn your soy wax candle on a heat-resistant surface and never leave it unattended. This will help to prevent accidents and ensure that you can enjoy your candle safely.

    How to Dispose of Soy Wax Candles

    When you're finished with your soy wax candle, it's important to dispose of it properly. Soy wax candles are biodegradable, which means that they can be composted or thrown away in the rubbish bin. However, it's important to make sure that all of the wax has been removed from the container before you dispose of it. You can do this by placing the container in the freezer for a few hours, which will cause the wax to shrink and pull away from the sides of the container. Once the wax has hardened, it can be easily removed from the container and disposed of.

    Conclusion: Why Choosing Soy Wax Candles is a Sustainable Choice

    In conclusion, soy wax candles are an eco-friendly and sustainable choice for those who love the warm glow and soothing fragrance of candles. Made from renewable soybeans, soy wax candles are biodegradable, non-toxic, and burn cleaner and longer than traditional paraffin wax candles. They also have a strong scent throw and come in a wide range of sizes and shapes to suit any decor. If you're looking for an eco-friendly alternative to traditional candles, soy wax candles are a great choice.

     

    Candle Safety Statement

    Here are the UK Government's mandatory candle safety pictograms or icons. Our handmade candles are fully compliant with UK laws and regulations. Here are the icons on the labels of your candles and what they mean to help you stay safe.

    Candle Safety - General warning triangle for candlesCandle Safety - Never leave a burning candle unattendedCandle Safety - Keep candles away from children and petsCandle Safety - Keep candles away from inflammable materials

     

    • The general warning triangle
    • Never leave a burning candle unattended
      • Always extinguish it before leaving the room, even if it is only for a minute.
    • Keep away from children and pets
      • Both children and pets might get attracted to burning candles or knock them over accidentally.
    • Keep away from things that can catch fire
      • Keep a large enough distance to combustible items beside and above the candle. Keep in mind that the flame might get larger during burning.

     

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