The easy answer to the question of are Soy Candles Safe? is a simple one to answer. YES!
From an article in the Independent. Read HERE!
- The UK is one of the world’s biggest scented candle markets, with British people spending a massive £90 million on them every year.
- However they have been identified as a problem by the government’s latest Clean Air Strategy report, which came out earlier this week.
- They are an essential part of any self care routine for many, but experts say your love of scented candles could be harming the environment and causing you to breathe in dangerous toxins.
- Environment Secretary Michael Gove has said that candle manufacturers will be told to reduce emissions from scented candles. They will also be asked to introduce a labelling scheme to warn consumers about the harmful effects of the worst offending products.
Many candles are made from paraffin wax.
Paraffin candles are made from petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source that contains undesirable substances, such as alkanes, alkenes, and toluene.
These substances can be released into the air while burning. Inhaling these over a long period can increase the risk of developing chronic conditions such as common actions, asthma, and even certain types of cancer.
From an article in Lifestyles and Properties. Read HERE.
- According to the EPA, paraffin wax candles are a leading cause of indoor air pollution.
- Paraffin wax is part of the organic material in the petroleum sludge left over from oil and gas production. The wax is treated, bleached and processed into a solid and used to make a variety of things including candles.
- Most candles on the market today are made from paraffin wax, many have potentially toxic metal wicks and are scented with synthetic fragrances. Stabilizers are often added to the paraffin to control the way the candle burns.
Soy candles are made from soybeans. These are a natural and renewable source grown in many areas by farmers.
Information from WorldAtlas
- Soybeans have been cultivated in Asia for thousands of years, and are one of the most important food crops globally today.
- These legumes can be classified as legumes, oil-seeds, vegetables, or even fuel sources, depending upon how they are used.
So we know they are a plant that’s grown and used for many things. They are grown in many countries now, with the largest produces being the United States.
The Benefits of Soya Candles
Soy wax is biodegradable and cleans up with soap and water.
Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax and because of this, soy candles will burn slower and therefore longer than paraffin candles .
Soy is better for your health as it produces 90 percent less soot than paraffin wax, reducing the amount of indoor air pollution
Soy won’t ruin your walls: The emissions from paraffin candles can build up on walls, discolouring them in your home.
A soy candle holds onto the essential oils, which are often used to scent candles. Because they burn more slowly, the scent is gradually released; there won’t be an immediate wave of strong scent. This creates a more pleasant atmosphere for most people. The natural wax also holds onto colour well, which makes it look more attractive.
From Organic Authority blog. Read HERE.
These Are the Top Ingredients to Avoid in Scented Candles
- Paraffin wax: Most traditional candles are made with paraffin wax, a petrochemical byproduct that undergoes chemical processing and is often contaminated with carcinogenic compounds. It is considered an indoor pollutant when burned in candles.
- Artificial fragrance ingredients: Chemical fragrance brews are a mixture of many fragrance ingredients. They cause a wide range of health issues, from headaches and dizziness to asthma, and are even linked to some types of cancer.
- Metal wicks: You know how some candle wicks have that little wire inside? Those can release heavy metals, including lead, associated with neurological and behavioural issues, hormonal imbalance, and reproductive problems.
Beeswax is the all natural, non-toxic waxy substance secreted by bees after they consume honey. Bees use this wax to construct their honeycombs, and when cleaned and filtered, it can be used for beautiful and beneficial candles.
Soy candles are better for you to use, as are Beeswax candles.
I bought some Soy candles with essential oils, to test whether they actually do last 40 hours stated. Despite the size I was pleasantly surprised to find that it actually lasted 42 hours. The scent wasn’t overpowering, just gentle and relaxing all the way through.
If you like to use candles, soya or beeswax are better choices that paraffin wax. Better for you and the environment.
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