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After recommending soy-based candles in my last post about eco-chic bathrooms, I thought I would talk about them in more detail here. Soy-based candles come in a variety of aromas and create a soothing ambiance just as conventional, paraffin candles do, yet there are some key differences between the two.

  • Soy wax is made from a natural, renewable resource typically grown here in the USA, while paraffin candles are customarily petroleum-based.
  • Soy candles are non-toxic and burn much cleaner than paraffin candles.
  • Soy wax is biodegradable, while paraffin wax is not.
  • Soy-based candles burn for longer periods of time.
  • Many soy candles are scented with natural, essential oils.
  • The only part of a soy candle that burns is the wick; the wax stays cool, unlike paraffin wax.

Be sure to look for candles that do not have metal wicks, as the metal is usually lead. Cotton wicks are ideal.  Also, it’s better to extinguish lit candles, rather than blowing them out to minimize carbon soot.

photo courtesy of Sweet Grass Farm

Tag(s): Bed and Bath, Gift Ideas, Greening the Home


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