Stemming from the soybean, soy wax is made from a processed form of soybean oil. The wax is not comprised of anything artificial, therefore making it a better alternative to the old-fashioned paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum oil and creates unhealthy by-products when melted or burned.
Paraffin wax produces black soot when burned, where as soy wax burns cleaner. Due to paraffin wax being petroleum-based, burning it creates a black soot that could possibly blemish curtains, walls, and carpets. However, because soy wax is vegetable-based it does not produce any negative side effects that could cause damage.
Better On Your Overall Health
A major ramification of burning and/or melting paraffin wax is the release of carcinogens. A carcinogen is any substance that contributes to carcinogenesis, or the development of cancer. Currently, paraffin wax releases 11 known toxins into the air and two of which are carcinogens. Soy wax is a healthier alternative, which does not release these dangerous chemicals into the air.
Petroleum, of which paraffin wax is derived from, is not a renewable resource. Seeing that soy wax is produced from soybeans, a renewable resource, it is friendly to the environment. It is also wise to stay away from wax blends and/or candles that don’t list the exact breakdown of ingredients. This notable detail is particularly important if you may be pregnant, have children or have pets.
Has A Lower Melting Point
Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax and as a result, from a safety standpoint, is the wiser choice. Should you accidentally spill wax on your skin, you are less likely to be burned if you go with the soy wax melts/candles.
Although the initial cost of soy wax may appear to be more expensive than paraffin wax, it may burn up to 50 percent longer, thus making it more cost effective in the long run. Simultaneously, soy wax burns more evenly, leaving less wax stuck to the side of the glass not being used.
From producing stronger smelling scents (without the headaches) to being the more conscious choice health-wise, there are a multitude of reasons to go soy. If you want to enjoy all that soy wax has to offer and switch today, be sure to visit Seventh Avenue Apothecary or shop online, where you’ll find unique, long lasting, and healthier fragrances to light your home.