Candles, with their rich history, extend back to biblical times; before the advent of electricity, they were the single source of artificial light. In present day, candles, even with electricity, are still very popular. Originally, candles were made from palm oil, coconut oil, olive oil and beeswax; however, most candles nowadays are made from paraffin.
Paraffin candles, though popular, are not the best form of candle to use; in fact, there are a lot of reasons why using a soy candle is a much better idea. First and foremost, the raw material used—paraffin itself—is a by-product of the crude oil distillation process. In its natural form, it’s a very unattractive greyish-black sludge. To make it usable, it is first bleached and then solidified by the addition of a carcinogenic chemical called “acrolyn”. These chemicals not only make the candle environmentally unfriendly, but also become a potential source of toxic, carcinogenic fumes when used in our homes.
Secondly, when burnt in air, paraffin candles produce a lot of soot; as a matter of fact, the scented ones are often even worse. Soot, when inhaled, can cause respiratory infections, asthma, allergy flare ups and other complications. The burning of paraffin candles also results in a large number of toxic by-products such as benzene, acetone and acetaldehyde—to mention just a few.
Soy candles therefore offer the most viable alternative to paraffin candles. Firstly, the candle is made from 100% soy beans with no additives or fillers, making it environmentally friendly and classified as a renewable resource.
Secondly, soy candles burn slower and at a lower temperature; this has the advantages of increasing the burn time while at the same time producing minimum residue. The residue itself is also biodegradable, unlike paraffin wax.
Finally, soy candles produce up to 90% less soot compared to that of paraffin candles; as a result, this makes them healthier to use even in enclosed spaces. Moreover, the room remains clean and soot free.
I think it’s abundantly clear that it’s now time to replace your paraffin candles with those made of soy—and as soon as possible!
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