Since soybeans are grown in abundance, soy wax is readily available and easily obtained. Soy is a consistent and viable alternative for those who prefer candles made from natural, renewable materials.
Soy wax burns more slowly and evenly than paraffin, so candles will last longer. Even though you'll pay a little more for soy, the fact that your candles burn longer will more than offset the extra expense. Many people claim the lower burning temperature of a soy candle will extend the duration of its fragrance. While Xoan candles are scented for an even fragrance experience, many soy brands do not live up to this expectation.
Candles made from soy wax burn cleaner and produce much less smoke than those made from paraffin. This means that anyone sensitive to candle smoke will have a much easier time with soy wax, and the air will be cleaner and safer for everyone, especially young children and the elderly. There is also less risk of smoke damage to nearby furniture, walls, or ceilings.
Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin, so the wax turns softer at a lower temperature. If you find yourself with a soy wax spill, on virtually any flat surface, it can be cleaned up with soap and hot water rather than harsh chemicals. This is the secret behind how easy it is to clean and re-purpose a Xoan candle container!
Cautions When Buying Soy Wax and Soy Candles
Xoan candles are made of soy wax with a wooden wick and are free of dyes and phthalates. However, just because our candles are natural, not all brands will be. You can find many retailers selling a "soy candle" that is mixed with paraffin then colored with harsh dyes, not to mention paired with a lead or metal core wick. While soy wax is important, it's about more than just the wax.
Try the Switch to Soy
If you haven't tried candles made from soy wax, it's worth picking one up to form your own opinion! If you have any questions we are happy to answer them and help in any way we can.
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