Soy Candles vs. Wax Candles

There’s been a lot of discussion in recent years over the different types of waxes that are used for making candles. Although there are many options available, the debate usually comes down to the benefits of using soy candles versus traditional wax candles. What is the difference between these two items and how can you make a choice that is going to be best for you and your family?


First of all, it’s a good idea to consider where the product comes from when you are going to be using any item in your home. Soy wax is a byproduct of a naturally grown item, the soybean. It comes from soybean oil, which is extracted from the soybean. Although it is generally used as a popular type of cooking oil, it can also be processed to use a type of wax for candles. Paraffin wax, which is the most commonly used type of wax, is a byproduct of the petroleum industry. It is widely known that paraffin wax contains carcinogens, which are released into the air as the candle burns. You should not only consider the health benefits of using soy, you also need to consider sustainability and the fact that soy supports the farming community as a whole. (Source:

Another consideration is the amount of soot that is produced as the candle burns. Both paraffin wax and soy wax are going to produce some soot, but paraffin wax will generally produce much more. As long as you choose a soy candle that is made with a natural, low soot wick, you will have an option that is just right for your family. For more information on soy candles check out The Soi Co.

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