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The Reasons to Choose Soy Wax Candles Over Paraffin Wax

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If you’ve checked out the wide range of gifts for the home that we have at Jubbas, you may have come across our soy wax candles.

…And you might find yourself feeling a little confused.

Why on Earth would anybody make candles out of soy? What possible benefits could come from changing a candle design that’s existed for centuries?

As it turns out, there are a ton of benefits to using soy wax over paraffin wax. And in this article, we’re going to share some of the most important with you.

Benefit #1 – It’s Completely Natural

The problem with paraffin is that it’s a chemical. And it’s not exactly the safest chemical around. Paraffin is man-made and toxic if ingested. And while that may not be a problem for you (you’re not exactly going to start eating your candles) having toxic chemicals in the house may concern others in various ways.

For example, imagine that you have a curious pet who’s been sniffing around your candles. One day, you might come home to find that Fido has taken a chunk out of one of them. Now, you potentially have a costly vet visit on your hands.

And we won’t even get into the dangers of curious children who don’t know any better getting a hold of a paraffin candle.

The simple fact is that soy is a natural ingredient that’s completely non-toxic. And on the rare occasions where candle consumption mishaps may happen, you can rest easy knowing that the poor soul who chose to eat a candle is at least eating something that’s on a ton of different foods.

By the way, the lack of toxicity also means that soy candles have a cleaner burn.

In other words, they’re not releasing harmful chemicals into the air that you breathe, unlike a paraffin wax candle.

Benefit #2 – Soy Burns Longer

Let’s get into the practical side of things now.

Yes, a soy candle will cost a little bit more than an equivalent paraffin candle. However, you’ll also find that it lasts a lot longer. Soy is a slow-burning fuel that you can benefit from for many more weeks than you would paraffin.

In fact, such candles tend to last 50% longer than their paraffin equivalents.

Think of it in the same way that you think of energy-saving lightbulbs. The extra investment pays off because you’re getting more use out of the bulb.

The same goes for a soy candle. If you’re a candle fan, you’ll find yourself spending less on the soy variety over the long term.

That longevity doesn’t just extend to the candle itself.

It also extends to the scent that it emits.

If you like using scented candles to create a relaxing atmosphere in the home, you’ll find that soy is the better choice. The scent it emits hangs in the air for longer, which means you’re not constantly relighting candles to try and immerse yourself in a fragrance.

Of course, less usage means that the candle lasts even longer.

Benefit #3 – The Scent is Much Stronger

As well as the scent lasting longer, you also have the fact that it’s a lot stronger than the scent that comes from a paraffin candle.

This makes sense, when you think about it. The chemicals from the paraffin will mingle with any scent that the candle creates. This means that the scent can’t be as powerful because it has that paraffin tinge to it.

Soy candles really come into their own when burned in larger rooms. The scent is able to fill the room in a way that a paraffin candle simply can’t. And again, this can save you money. Where you might have needed several paraffin candles to create the scent you wanted, you only need on soy candle.

And of course, that candle lasts longer, which means you’re buying fewer of them.

We’re guessing you’re seeing where that extra investment goes now!

Benefit #4 – They’re Both Sustainable and Vegan

Paraffin comes from petroleum oil. And if you have any concerns about the environment, you will know that oil isn’t a sustainable fuel source.

It’s eventually going to run out.

The same can’t be said of soy. It’s a completely sustainable source that is in unlimited supply. That means you’re protecting the environment whenever you light up a soy candle.

And for the vegans out there, you don’t have to worry about what’s gone into the making of your candle. Soy candles use absolutely no animal products and are produced in such a way that harm won’t come to any animals.

After all, they come from soybeans.

Speaking of which, that fact also means that these types of candles are also biodegradable.

Benefit #5 – Soy is Water Soluble

Have you ever tried to clean a wax stain off a surface or, heaven forbid, the carpet?

The stuff just doesn’t come off. You have to wait for it to solidify and then pick your way through the stain.

That’s not the case with soy wax. That’s because soy is a water-soluble material. If there are any wax spillages, you just need to get a clean cloth and some warm water. The wax will lift right off without leaving any unsightly stains in its wake.

Benefit #6 – It Has a Lower Burning Point

Speaking of candle wax, have you ever gotten any on your skin? The stuff burns, which is no surprise given that you’re essentially burning oil.

Again, that isn’t an issue with soy candles.

Soy has a much lower burning point than paraffin. That means any spillages that find their way onto your skin will cause far less damage, if any at all.

The Final Word

So, the simple fact is that soy candles are a safer and more sustainable option. And while they tend to cost a little more, you get a healthy return on that investment. The candles last much longer and emit a stronger, longer-lasting scent.

We’re pretty sure we’ve convinced you at this point. Why not head to the Jubbas store to grab a soy candle for your own home?