Why Soy? A Clean Alternative to Paraffin

Posted by Jillian Snyder on

Want to breath deep and relax while enjoying the soft glow of a scented candle? You may want to make sure what you're burning in your home is safe and clean.

Every day we are given advice on how we can make changes to live a healthier, cleaner life. From the food you eat to the lotions you put on your body, making educated decisons about the products you use can help keep you and your family healthy. The candles you burn in your home are no different, as many release toxins and harsh chemicals into the air you breath. One way to keep your home's air clean is to choose one that is made with natural, clean, and sustainably harvested wax. 

Wax candles sold in department stores are often made of paraffin wax, which is a derivative of petroleum, coal, or oil shale. These sources are not renewable or environmentally friendly. Instead of purchasing a candle made from paraffin wax, choose one made from soy wax, beeswax, or palm (caranuba) wax, which are 100% all-natural. I also prefer products that are handmade, so I am supporting an individual instead of a corporation. You can find handmade candles at local craft fairs and festivals, Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and boutique websites (like mine!).

Another consideration when purchasing candles is the type of wick. Most reputable sellers in the US use safe, non-toxic wicks. However, there are lead-based wicks on the market that are proven to be toxic when inhaled. If you are ever in doubt, ask the seller where their wicks are sourced from.

When creating Afterglow Hand Poured Soy Candles, I chose soy wax as my base medium because it is plant-based, renewable, non-toxic, and creates very little soot. I also chose wood wicks that are naturally processed and sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified mills and manufactured in the USA. In fact everything I use, from the glass jars to the labels my design is printed on, are all made in the USA.

Being a conscious consumer means putting your ideals first. Find products that work best for you and your family to live a happy, healthy life!


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