100% Soy wax candles vs. paraffin & soy blends

When it comes to candles, two of the most popular types of wax are soy and paraffin. Why does Yo Louie choose only 100% soy wax when creating candles and wax tarts? It's simple.

Soy wax is made from all-natural hydrogenated soybean oil. It's more eco-friendly than paraffin, because it's non-toxic, biodegradable, and renewable. Soy wax candles also burn cooler than paraffin wax, allowing them to burn for a longer amount of time, which means more hours to enjoy our fragrant candles! Another huge benefit of soy wax is that it produces much fewer soot particles than paraffin wax, leaving your home cleaner than a paraffin candle would.

Paraffin wax is petroleum-based, cheap, and not environmentally friendly. It's often blended with soy wax and marketed as a 'soy blend', so be sure to always choose candles that say '100% soy wax' on the label. Paraffin wax and paraffin/soy blend candles burn faster than 100% soy wax candles and generate copious amounts of smoke when burned. Because paraffin wax candles produce so much smoke when burned, they stain your walls, ceilings, and air with black soot.

All in all, 100% soy wax is one of the safest waxes for burning candles in your home. It's renewable, eco-friendly, non-toxic, and produces less soot and smoke. Although paraffin wax does have its advantages, such as its lower price, it costs far more in the long run.

If you're interested in more, check out our blog article about why we choose only phthalate-free fragrance oils for our candles and wax tarts.

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