THE BENEFITS OF SOY WAX
4 REASONS TO CHOOSE SOY WAX OVER PARAFFIN WAX
If you haven’t had the chance to try burning soy wax instead of traditional paraffin, you could be missing out on a host of benefits for your nose, your wallet, and your health. In fact, burning soy wax in a wax melt or candle form is a much better option than traditional paraffin for many reasons. Find out why below!
Soy Wax is Natural
Derived from the soybean, soy wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that turns to a solid at room temperature. After they are harvested, the beans are cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and rolled into flakes. Soy wax contains nothing artificial, which makes it a better alternative to old-fashioned paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum oil and produces harmful by-products when burned or melted. Soy wax is non-toxic making it better both for the environment and your health!
Paraffin Wax May Contain Benzene
Many mainstream candle brands make their candles with paraffin. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum. It has been claimed that paraffin wax releases harmful substances when burnt, which has contributed to its fall out of favor.
Soy Wax is Environmentally Friendly
Since soy wax is made from soybeans, it is friendly to the environment because soybeans are a renewable resource. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have kids, or have pets, because it’s the safest option health-wise. You want to avoid wax blends or candles that don’t state the exact breakdown of ingredients. Unlike paraffin wax, soy wax is derived from a renewable resource.
Soy Wax Burns Cleaner
Because soy wax is made of all natural materials, it is thought that it delivers a cleaner burn than petroleum derived paraffin wax. It’s common to hear people complain of headaches when paraffin candles burn, but in general, this isn’t due to the scent of the wax, but rather the chemicals it releases into the air.
Soy wax delivers a clean smell when melted.
AND WHAT EXACTLY ARE CANDLE NOTES
What do top notes, middle notes and base notes mean when talking about fragrance?
A perfect combination of these three notes makes a fragrance lasting and appealing.
Top Note - This is the initial impression the fragrance oil makes when you first smell a candle or remove the lid. It is the most volatile, meaning it will evaporate the quickest.
Middle Note - The middle note is the “heart” of the fragrance. It can take 10 to 20 minutes for the middle notes to fully develop. When you are burning a candle, the middle notes are the most prominent.
Base Note - also called the “Dry Down”- The base notes are what give a candle lasting qualities. It is the scent that lingers even after the candle is extinguished.
SO WHAT IS CANDLE THROW
Throw is the term used to describe how well the scent from a candle circulates throughout a space. The stronger the throw, the more space it fills in a room. There are two types of throw: cold and hot.
Cold Throw - when a candle has never been lit (or a melt has never been melted), the aroma that the wax gives off is called the cold scent throw. A candle with a good cold throw can sometimes fill a room without being lit. We have quite a few of those…wink wink.
Hot Throw - when the wick of the candle is lit (or the wax melt is heated), the fragrant smell that is released from the melted wax pool is called the hot scent throw.
Soy candles sometimes have a wider cold throw.