Why choose Soy Wax over Paraffin Wax?
Soy Wax is 100% natural and non-toxic. It is basically made from soybeans! This makes Soy Wax a sustainable and environmentally friendly choice as opposed to Paraffin Wax which is made from petroleum oil.
A common assumption is that all candles and wax melts release harmful chemicals when burnt – this is actually not the case with Soy Wax. Again, with it being a 100% natural material it does not release toxic chemicals. There are a large number of studies to show the burning Paraffin Wax releases a number of toxic compounds including acetone, benzene and toluene.
It is common for people to complain of headaches when burning candles, however this is typically only associated with Paraffin Wax as this is linked to the chemicals that are released in the air. We’ve actually received feedback directly from some of our customers to say that they’ve noticed since switching to our Ethel & Co candles that they no longer experience headaches when burning candles!
There are also lots of studies to suggest that Soy Wax also burns 25%-50% longer than Paraffin Wax. This is largely down to it burning at a cooler temperature. So, although Soy Wax is typically more expensive than Paraffin, it is actually a more economical choice as it lasts much longer.
Soy Wax Candles will also give a much cleaner burn than Paraffin Candles, without giving off any unwanted smells. All candles will produce some soot but with Soy wax it is very little when compared to Paraffin Wax Candles.
So why choose Soy Wax over Paraffin? It’s 100% natural, eco-friendly and doesn’t release any nasties when it’s being burnt! Oh and it’s also vegan too!
*Our Ethel & Co Candles are actually made from Coconut Soy Wax (Cocosoy) - this is a blend of coconut wax and soy wax. By blending the waxes together, it increases the scent throw whilst maintaining all the above benefits. It burns at an even cooler temperature than Soy Wax!