Soy Candles: The Ethical Alternative To Toxic Paraffin Candles


Hello! Hello! Happy International Women’s Day, Ladies! Here’s another wonderful and informative article from Jess Walter. What woman doesn’t love candles? I certainly do and I’ve been buying soy candles for the past couple of years.

Learn why here!

Soy Candle


Nothing can beat the soothing and contemplative feeling of being in candlelight. The gentle warmth, entrancing flame, and calming scents really do help us unwind after a long day of over-stimulation and artificial surroundings. It brings us back to basics by setting a mood for meditation and relaxation, which our mind, body, and soul respond to. However, you may not know that the most common type of candle, paraffin, is actually toxic. But the main alternative, beeswax candle, isn’t much better as the obvious animal-derivative makes it definitely not vegan. That’s why we need to make the change to soybean candles – the only non-toxic, natural and ethical alternative available.

The health benefits of switching to soy wax

We don’t want to be putting unnecessary and damaging toxins into our body but, every time we burn a paraffin candle indoors, that’s exactly what we’re doing. It has conclusively been found by the American Chemical Society that paraffin candles emit toxic chemicals such as toluene and benzene which actually pollute the air we breathe; whilst soybean candles do not. That means you may have been unknowingly polluting your indoor air for years. However, the switch to soybean-based wax couldn’t be easier. Soy wax has only positive health benefits; the air remains entirely clean when it is burned, as it is completely non-toxic.

Soy candles aren’t as expensive as you think

Many soy candles are slightly more expensive as they are often hand-crafted and ethically made. Paraffin candles can be produced at rock-bottom prices because the petroleum base is full of cheap toxins and filler. When we pay the slightly higher price for soy candles, we’re actually paying for the quality, the organic and natural ingredients, and of course for the health benefits. And, in actuality, the cost works out the same – or cheaper – as soy wax burns much, much slower and even releases stronger scents because of its high-quality natural oils.

Why soy candles are the eco-friendly and vegan choice

With the number of people living a vegan lifestyle on the rise in the US, the word should be spread that soybean candles are the best vegan option out there. To live a conscious existence, we need to care about the by-damages of any products we fund by purchasing them. Unlike paraffin, vegetable-based soy candles are made from renewable materials and support the American Soybean Association and its farmers – making its production wholly ethical. And of course, as vegans, it’s important to stay conscious about what harmful pollutants we’re exposing living creatures or plants to. That’s why the non-toxic emissions of soy candles make it the only true eco-friendly choice. But the positives don’t stop there. These types of candles are also completely biodegradable due to their plant base, so we don’t need to worry about contributing to growing landfill issues.

Making the ethical switch to soy candles isn’t difficult; the choice is made even easier when we consider all the horrendous toxins and pollutants that the common paraffin candle puts out. Changing to the all-natural, all-ethical and all-round worth it alternative of soy candles is such a simple lifestyle change to make, with massive impacts on the environment, animals and the people around us. So go vegan and non-toxic with your candles, and your mind can be at peace knowing you’ve made the air safer for every living thing around you.

Jess, Thanks again for this wonderful and informative piece! ~Nina 

About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

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