Milton and Margie's Soy Wax Candles

5 Reasons to Choose Soy Candles

DIYJessica Snively

Maybe you've seen soy candles at craft shows and shops, and have heard that soy candles are better than paraffin candles. But what exactly are the benefits of soy candles? 

  1. Soy candles are natural
    Soy wax is made from the hydrogenated oils of soy beans, meaning that it is naturally derived from plants, unlike the more commonly found paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum oil. 

  2. Soy candles burn cleaner
    When burning, paraffin candles release soot into the air, contaminating your indoor air quality; whereas soy candles produce no soot. Beyond preserving air quality, the lack of soot means that they also don't blacken walls or upholstery and curtains. 
  3. They burn longer
    Soy candles are known to burn 50 times longer than paraffin candles, burning at a rate of 10 hours per ounce. 
  4. Soy beans are sustainable
    Most soy candles are made from domestically produced soy wax, supporting American farmers. 
  5. Soy candles smell better
    Because soy wax melts at a lower temperature than paraffin, the pool of wax around the wick is larger, causing more fragrance to disperse into the air.