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SOY VS. PARAFFIN CANDLES

Candles have been used for thousands of years to create ambiance, light, warmth, and fragrance. Most candles are made of paraffin wax due to their cost effectiveness in using a petroleum by-product.

The main health concern with traditional paraffin wax candles is that the properties of paraffin wax, a derivative of crude oil, as well as the metal core wicks traditionally used are polluting our homes. The EPA states that indoor air quality is 3 times more polluted than outdoor air quality. Paraffin contributes substantially to the decline in indoor air quality and begs for a healthier alternative.

Choosing Soy

Soy has become the healthier alternative! In recent years, soy and vegetable wax has been culminated and implemented in candle development. Soy wax components are completely non-toxic, unlike its competitor, paraffin wax, which emits 11 toxins documented by the American Lung Association, 2 of which are known carcinogens–toluene and benzene.

Additionally, paraffin candles release petrol-carbon soot, which emanates from a burning candle damaging walls and furnishings. This soot penetrates not only furnishings, but air ducts as well, spreading fine particles of soot throughout the home. Tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage have been reported due to this petrol-carbon soot. Homeowner’s insurance companies are now investigating whether to cover the damage from soot produced by paraffin candles as mentioned on Insure.com.

Soy vs Paraffin

SOY

PARAFFIN


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