Assorted Soy Candles from The Violet Wick

The Illuminating Charm of Soy Candles - A Healthier Choice

Soy candles have gained popularity in recent years due to their numerous benefits, especially when compared to traditional paraffin candles. Here are some key advantages of soy candles and a comparison with paraffin candles:

Natural and Renewable:

Soy Candles: Made from soybean oil, which is a renewable resource. Soy is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

Paraffin Candles: Derived from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. The extraction and processing of paraffin contribute to environmental degradation.

Cleaner Burning:  

Soy Candles: Burn cleaner with significantly less soot compared to paraffin candles. This means fewer airborne particles and less black residue on walls and surfaces.

Paraffin Candles: Tend to produce more soot, which can contribute to indoor air pollution and may pose health concerns.


Soy Candles: Typically do not release harmful toxins when burned. They are a healthier option for individuals with sensitivities or allergies.

Paraffin Candles: May release carcinogens like benzene and toluene when burned, contributing to indoor air pollution.

Longer Burn Time:    

Soy Candles: Generally have a longer burn time compared to paraffin candles of the same size.

Paraffin Candles: Tend to burn faster, meaning you may need to replace them more frequently.

Even Melting:

Soy Candles: Have a lower melting point, resulting in a more even and consistent wax pool when burned.

Paraffin Candles: Can develop "tunnels" if not burned long enough, leading to wasted wax and uneven burning.

Biodegradable and Eco-Friendly:      

Soy Candles: Biodegrade naturally and are produced from a renewable resource, making them more environmentally friendly.

Paraffin Candles: Do not biodegrade and contribute to the depletion of finite fossil fuel resources.

Support for Agriculture:

Soy Candles: Support soybean farmers and the agricultural industry.

Paraffin Candles: Depend on the petroleum industry, which raises concerns about environmental impact and sustainability.

Accepts Fragrances Well:

Soy Candles: Have a porous structure that allows for better absorption of fragrances, resulting in a more potent scent throw.

Paraffin Candles: May not hold fragrances as well, and synthetic fragrances may be needed for a noticeable scent.

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