Sounds like a dream, right?
We’re here to tell you there’s a way you can do all this… all you need to do is grab your lighter and a soy candle.
But hold onto that aforementioned lighter and take a breath because we’re going to dive a little deeper and tell you why.
What are soy candles?
Before we begin to understand why soy candles are the best, let’s go back to basics and find out what they are made of.
Soy candles are made from soybeans – the very same legume that goes into soy milk. As a natural resource, the species is relatively easy to grow and has been harvested for more than 5000 years. (Fun fact: The species originates from Southeast Asia. Westerners only became aware of the nutritional benefits in the last 250 years).
The plant is heated at a relatively low temperature of 140 to 220 degrees C to extract wax from soybeans.
From there, candles are made – and we can have some fun!
Soy candles are better for the environment for three main reasons;
- Cleaner to burn
The clean bean
When candles burn, they release soot into the environment, much like a car exhaust does, but at a much lower level.
Soy candles have been shown to release 10 times as less soot into the air as paraffin wax candles, which are the most commonly sold candle.
This means when it burns, nothing harmful is released into the air. We’re talking zero petrochemicals or carcinogens to hurt our bodies or our planet.
This takes us back to our favourite word – clean, clean, clean.
This sets it apart from paraffin, a petroleum byproduct, hence all those horrid disadvantages we mentioned.
Soy candles come in a myriad of shapes and forms. From scented to unscented, single-wick to double to even triple wicked, in bell jars or circular – Just knowing where to start can be a perplexing task indeed.
The simplest way to choose one is to ask yourself ‘what do you like’ and ‘what experience are you after’.
It is estimated that more than 10,000 different candle scents are available to just US consumers.
When it comes to perfuming a scented candle, creators are only limited by imagination. There are so many options to choose from, which makes picking not only fun but also rewarding.
champagne & strawberries
champagne & strawberries
When choosing a fragrance, our tip is to approach it as you would a perfume.
Ask yourself, ‘what feel and vibe do you want for your home’?
Remember, there is no wrong choice when it comes to picking! It all comes down to taste.
With that said and done, it’s time to relax and rest easy knowing that the answer to the question are soy candles eco-friendly is a resounding yes.
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