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Soy candles safer than wax candles?

I was watching a TV programme the other day that included a comment about using soy candles instead of wax candles. I know that wax candles are made from paraffin wax, but only now realise that this wax emits harmful carcinogens. Research has shown that there are a list of toxic products used to manufacture wax candles – for example carcinogens such as formaldehyde and acroleium.

 

As someone who regularly lights up a whole bunch of candles when the power goes out, I will definitely be shopping around for soy candles.

Soy candles may be more expensive to buy up front, but when you factor in that they last longer than wax candles, you're really paying the same price at the end of the day.

Unscented wax candles don't exactly smell nice, and they can positively put you off your food when used on a dining table. Soy candles emit significantly less soot and organic chemicals as long as 100 percent soy used - effectively reducing indoor air pollution and stains on ceilings and walls from continuous use of wax candles.

Although soy wax is softer than paraffin wax, candles in containers or larger pillar candles are available.

Scented soy candles emit more scent, as soybean oil lowers the melting point of the candle, and this translates into cooler burning candles and faster scent dispersion. The lower melting point of soy wax results in a larger size of the liquid wax pool around the candle wick. It is from this liquid wax pool that the essential oils evaporate into the atmosphere.

Where to buy soy candles or soy candle making supplies

Wellness Warehouse

Cape Town Candle Company

Candle Deli

Candle Sensations

Soy Lites

Organic Choice

And at select pharmacy and health stores countrywide.