Yes, candles are really popular! Can you spot the difference between a natural soy candle and a synthetic paraffin one?
Here’s why we think it’s important to know the difference.
1. Natural soy waxes do not release chemicals into the air. Most “high street” candles use paraffin wax. Paraffin is derived from petroleum, coal or oil shale. To get the petroleum sludge into a pearly white paraffin wax, lots of bleaching and chemical stuff is added to it. So when a paraffin candle is burnt in a home, toxic chemicals are released into the air. Family and pets breathe in these toxic chemicals. I don’t mean to scare you but some of these toxins are cancer-causing toxins.
2. Natural soy waxes burn longer, so offer better value for money. The same goes for natural bath products. They may be more expensive to buy but you get longer use out of them. In the end, they may not be more expensive after all.
3. Soy wax is biodegradable.The disposal of natural waxes is less harmful to the environment. Things like soy beans are renewable sources. Farmers can grow and grow soy beans to replace the ones harvested. More soy wax can then be made. Not so with paraffin products. Petroleum is a finite resource. It takes millions of years for our Earth to produce petroleum. Our environment is a precious thing that must be preserved for future generations, so we should think about how the products we buy have been made.
4. And finally on a lighter note, natural candles just look better! Whether soy or beeswax …. they just look creamier and wholesome!
Thank you for reading. If you’d like more information, please contact me.
Ramona Hirschi, Little Trove founder.