If you have any obsession close to mine with candles, you've probably already heard about everyone ranting and raving about soy candles, but do you know what they're really talking about? I had a general idea, but wanted to dive a little deeper to know some more facts about the candles I've been regularly using.
What is Soy Wax?
According to CandleScience.com, soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. Motherearthliving.com goes on to say that soy wax candles made with pesticide-free, non-GMO soy are a clean, renewable choice, but that non-organic soy is a pesticide- and water-intensive, genetically modified crop. They also talk about most candles being made of paraffin, a petroleum byproduct, and often scented with synthetic fragrances, which often contain harmon-disrupting phthalates ("a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break" cdc.gov).
Fast Facts About Soy Candles:
Things to Look For:
Not all candle labels are created equally! In doing research for this article, I found that some of my beloved "soy candles" aren't, in fact, strictly soy. Before bringing a soy labeled candle up to the register, dig a little deeper for the following:
Companies I STILL Love:
Where to Buy:
I was introduced to P.F. Candle Co. via Causebox.
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Jamie is a musician, avid lover of nature, and a dog momma living a more sustainable life each and every day.