By Susan B
Soy wax burns at a much lower temperature than traditional paraffin candles. Because of the lower burning temperature, soy candles offer candle lovers a safer alternative to paraffin. Paraffin is derived from petroleum byproducts -- or the residue from oil after it is processed for use as automobile fluid.
Soy is far more environmentally friendly, and it will not produce soot or leave soot residue on the walls of your house. Soy candles maintain their fragrance longer and are less likely to emit irritants for people with asthma, allergies or chemical sensitivities.
After discovering soy candles as an alternative to paraffin, many candle lovers decide to try their hand at making their own candles as a fun, family friendly crafting hobby or to produce gifts to give to family members and friends. People who buy or make soy candles rather than buying paraffin-based candles are doing their part to improve the environment.
Because the soybeans from which the wax is produced are grown in America, the purchase of soy candles helps farmers and local businesses. Anyone who purchases soy candles rather than traditional paraffin candles is not just investing in the American economy; they are helping small American farmers who may not grow enough soybeans to sell to animal feed manufacturers or soybean oil producers.
People who buy soy candles rather than paraffin candles are making an effort to be more eco-conscious and environmentally responsible.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|