Clean Burning: The Benefits of Soy Candles

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What do you picture if you are envisioning a cozy night in?

Perhaps a blanket, with some hot chocolate, a good book and of course, dim lights with scented candles filling the air and gently lighting up the room.

Candles are essential to add some coziness to your home, but did you know that certain candles might actually be bad for your health (and can kill your cozy-vibe)?

That’s why today, I’d like to take some time to tell you about the benefits of soy candles, like the ones created by Milk Jar, and why you’ll never want to go back to cheap, paraffin wax candles again.

When buying candles, there are three factors you should take into consideration:

1.       The type of wax that is used

2.       The type of wick that is used

3.       The type of aroma that is used

We are going to be going into detail for each of the above points to help you better understand why clean burning candles are the right choice for you!

1. The Wax

The Difference Between Soy and Paraffin Wax


What exactly is the difference between soy and paraffin wax, and can it really have that much of an impact on your health and the environment?

Soy wax is a vegetable by-product, whereas paraffin wax is a by-product of petroleum. One benefit of soy wax is since it comes from vegetables, it is 100% biodegradable and is a natural and renewable resource.

Unfortunately, paraffin wax comes from a non-renewable resource (and as we will talk about later, can be quite toxic to you and your family).

Now that you know a little bit about the difference between paraffin and soy wax, let’s discuss the benefits of soy candles!

The Benefits of Soy Candles

Soy Candles Produce Minimal to No Soot

One benefit of soy candles is they produce minimal to no soot.

At first glance, it may be hard to tell what wax your candle is made from but a key distinguisher is that paraffin wax will leave behind black soot along the jars while it is being burned, while soy leaves behind minimal soot.

The term “clean-burning” is referring to the fact that soy doesn’t leave behind the amount of soot that cheap paraffin wax candles do!

Believe it or not, the soot emitted from burning paraffin wax candles doesn’t just stay contained to the jar the candle is in. It goes into the air and can stain your walls, your couches or your curtains over time.

Using soy candles will prevent damage to your home in the long run!

If you notice that your soy candles are producing some soot, an easy way to reduce it even further is by trimming the wick. Keeping the wick (both wood and cotton) short, will help you keep soot from your soy candle to a minimum.

Soy Candles Have No Harmful Toxins

While keeping your home free from soot damage is important, one major benefit to soy candles is they keep you and your family safe and healthy.

You may not think the black soot from paraffin candles is harmful, however, it is the same soot as the exhaust of a diesel engine and is the same as second-hand smoke.

Not to mention, paraffin wax contains carcinogens such as toluene and benzene, which are both known to be cancer-causing agents.

Specifically, toluene breaks down DNA strands which can impact your central nervous system!

Soy candles are a great alternative to paraffin-wax candles as you can still enjoy lighting your candles without worrying about emitting harmful toxins in the air that you, your family and your pets will be breathing in.

Our Last Best Brewery Collaboration Milk Jar featuring a hop flower in the soy wax. Photo by  Carefree Photo

Our Last Best Brewery Collaboration Milk Jar featuring a hop flower in the soy wax. Photo by Carefree Photo

Soy Candles Burn Longer

Soy candles also benefit your wallet, and who doesn’t want to get the most out of their dollars spent?

Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax, meaning they burn 30%-50% longer!

While some soy candles may seem more expensive than a cheap paraffin wax candle, you are actually able to get more burn time from a candle made out of soy, meaning in the end, you save more.

Soy Candles Are Environmentally-Friendly

Another benefit of soy candles is they are environmentally-friendly.

Consumers are becoming more aware of how the products they purchase (and use) affect the environment. Because soy candles do not emit toxins and are made from a renewable resource, they are friendly for the environment!

You can feel good knowing that among all the other benefits soy candles have, they also aren’t damaging Mother Earth (unlike paraffin wax candles).

2. The Wick

The next part of the candle you need to be cautious of is the wick.

Wicks can be made from two different materials: cotton or wood.

Cotton wicks don’t stand straight up if they are pure cotton, so to fix this, some candle wicks may contain traces of heavy metals (such as lead) to help the wick stand up straight.

The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States concluded that it is possible for consumers to be purchasing candles unknowingly with lead-wick cores. Regularly burning candles that contain lead is quite damaging to your health.

An eco-friendly alternative to the cotton wick is the wood wick.

Wood Wick Milk Jar

Milk Jar uses a unique and beautiful wood wick for a couple different reasons.

First, there are no traces of heavy metals in wood wicks and they are environmentally-friendly.

Wood wicks are also aesthetically pleasing and create a beautiful flame that releases a unique crackling sound which adds to the ambiance.

But aside from just being pretty, wood wicks also emit candle scents faster, meaning less burn time is needed to fill the room with aroma.

That coupled with the longer burn-time from soy candles means you’ll be able to get much more use out of a soy candle with a wood wick.

3. The Aroma

While some people light candles specifically for the cozy glow, others light up their favorite candles for the beautiful scents they produce.

The products used to scent your candles are another important factor you need to take into consideration.

Cheap candles are often made with synthetic fragrances that contain phthalates, as they help the fragrance bond with the wax.

But phthalates are not good for your health. In fact, the United States and Europe have banned phthalates in children’s toys, however, they are not banned in candles.

While the full extent of how phthalates affect us is not known, they are known to disrupt our endocrine systems and cause cancer.

A safer alternative is to find candles that are made with phthalate-free fragrance oils or essential oils.

The Difference Between Essential Oils and Fragrances Oils

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Essential oils are 100% natural and are derived from different plants, whereas fragrance oils are synthetically made.

Essential oils are used in aromatherapy as they have many various health benefits when inhaled.

Milk Jar soy candles are scented one of two ways:

·         Through natural essential oils

·         Through phthalate-free fragrance oils

You can burn Milk Jar candles knowing that you are burning the safest fragrances possible!

Candle Aromas and Pet Safety

As we learned, one benefit to soy candles is that the wax isn’t going to be releasing any harmful soot or carcinogens in the air for your family or pets to breathe in, but what about the aroma?

It’s important to note that not all aromas are pet-friendly. Cats and dogs have a powerful sense of smell, and certain smells can make them quite sick.

Make sure you keep a close eye on your pets when you light a candle with a new scent and do your research prior to purchasing to make sure the smell isn’t going to cause any health-related issues.

Easy Maintenance for Soy Candles

Maintaining a soy candle with a wood wick is incredibly easy! Proper maintenance of your candle will ensure you always have a candle with a beautiful flame lighting up your room.

If you start to notice your wood wick candle is difficult to light or is not staying lit, all you need to do is trim the wood wick by breaking off the ashy end (after it has cooled).

In Conclusion: The Benefits of Soy Candles

Soy candles with wood wicks provide many benefits for those looking for a safer alternative to paraffin wax candles.

Not only are soy candles better for your health as they don’t release harmful toxins into the air, they are also better for the environment and for your wallet as they burn longer and release aroma faster.

Now that you know all the benefits of soy candles, come view Milk Jar’s entire line of clean-burning candles