Paraffin wax is used in the majority of candle making companies and this is mainly because....you guessed it, because it's cheaper to make.
Paraffin is the leftover by-product from the petroleum refining process. It doesn't matter what chemical additives may or may not be in your paraffin candles of the refining process, every single paraffin wax candle contains documented toxins some which are carcinogenic when they burn. The wicks of these candles are usually made of chemically grown cotton that has been bleached and any wicks that have a metal or zinc core contain small amounts of lead.
When you burn a paraffin wax candle, you are filling your home with toxic chemicals and contributing to indoor air pollution. The soot and fumes released by paraffin wax can be compared to that of secondhand cigarette smoke.
The Paraffin induced toxic petrol-carbon soot can blacken walls, furniture and ceilings and contaminate ventilation in your home. This can be hazardous to your health.
So why is soy best?
1. Soy wax is a natural and healthier alternative
Soul & Ark's candles are made from soy wax formed from soybeans, a natural, biodegradable, non-toxic renewable source.
2. Soy wax candles burn longer
Soy candles will burn for up to 30 to 50 percent longer than paraffin candles.
3. Soy wax burns cleaner
A candle made from soy wax burns cleaner with little soot released as the candle burns.
4. Soy candles burn evenly
Soy candles wax wont overflow, spilling over the side of the candle container, not as messy as other candles.
5. Soy candles hold better scents
A soy candle holds onto scents from essential oils better than other candles. Because they burn more slowly, the scent is gradually released leaving a consistent flow of fragrance, making candle burning more enjoyable for candle lovers.