November 27, 2023

Soy Candles Versus Wax Candles: Which Is Best?

When you want to set a mood, what do you reach for? Whether you’re trying to relax, enjoy a romantic ambiance, or want to fill your home with a seasonal fragrance, many people turn to candles to help evoke their desired emotions.

But not all candles are created equal – and not all are as safe as others. Traditionally, candles have been made with a wax called paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is made from petroleum, oil shale, or coal – different from what you want to breathe in when enjoying your candle.

Thankfully, there are soy candles, available now at Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach. Soy candles are made of soybean oil and burn cleaner than traditional paraffin candles. Here are some key benefits of soy wax and some critical drawbacks of paraffin wax.

The Benefits of Soy Candles

They’re Eco-Friendly

Because soy candles are made with soybean oil, they are eco-friendly alternatives to paraffin wax candles. When burning, soybean oil is a renewable, biodegradable resource and omits less greenhouse gases than paraffin wax.

They Burn Cleaner

Soy candles burn cleaner than paraffin wax candles and produce less soot (if any). Less soot means fewer toxins and less residue accumulating in your home.

They Burn Longer

Soy candles tend to burn longer than paraffin wax candles of the same size, so you get more value for your dollar when you burn a soy candle.

They Have Longer-Lasting Scent

Candles have what is known as ‘scent throw,’ which is the ability to hold and release fragrance. Soy candles have a better scent throw than paraffin wax candles, which means the fragrance lasts longer and is more consistent than paraffin wax candles.

They’re Easier To Clean Up

Spilling a candle can be a disaster, but soy candles are generally easier to clean than paraffin wax candles.

They’re Hypoallergenic

For those with allergies, soy candles are hypoallergenic and thus less likely to trigger allergic reactions.

The Dangers of Paraffin Candles

They Emit Toxins

Paraffin wax candles are made with chemicals and thus can release harmful substances while burning. These chemicals include toluene and benzene, which can harm your health.

They Release More Soot And Smoke

Because they are not made with natural ingredients, paraffin candles emit more soot and smoke. This can cause breathing problems and can even stain your walls and ceiling.

They’re Not Renewable

Unlike soy candles, paraffin candles are not renewable. Because they are made with oil products, they contribute to the depletion of fossil fuels.

They Have A Shorter Burn Time

Paraffin candles burn faster than soy candles, thus requiring you to replace them more frequently.

They Have Lower Scent Quality

The scent throw of paraffin wax candles is often less strong or consistent than soy candles, which may not be as enjoyable as burning a soy candle.

Roam Homegrown Candles

At Cinzia Spa, we now carry the Roam Homegrown line of soy candles. These candles offer all the benefits of soy candles. They are available in various comforting scents that use the power of aromatherapy to help you set the mood you desire.

To learn more about the Roam Homegrown candle line or for any other information, please visit or contact Cinzia Spa in Myrtle Beach!

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