It’s not always easy to navigate the natural candle market if you’re not sure what to look for. You’re in the right place. We’re candle experts, and we’ve put together this guide to help you gain clarity.
Soon, you’ll know all about soy wax (is it vegan?), and the differences between the various natural candles available on the market. Why do we use a blend of natural paraffin for our candles? And don’t forget the distinction between cotton wicks and wooden wicks.
What is soy wax (is it vegan)?
Soy wax candles are made from oils derived from soybeans, which are of natural plant origin, making them vegan. To create the wax, soybeans are pressed to extract the oil, which is then hydrogenated. This process involves solidifying the oil to make it more consistent and easier to burn due to its low melting point. Typically, the soybean husks are then used in animal feed, reducing waste and environmental impact.
The benefits of soy wax
Soy wax is biodegradable and environmentally friendly. Due to its low melting point, it burns at a cooler temperature, which extends its burn time. Soy wax also produces much cleaner combustion than other types of wax, making it less harmful to the environment than non-natural candles.
Compared to other natural candles on the market, soy wax is the most renewable. Myrica wax and coconut wax are derived products extracted without chemicals. However, they are limited resources, making them extremely expensive. Beeswax is also natural, but it’s an animal-derived byproduct. Some vegans don’t consider it an ethical candle choice. The same criticism applies to palm oil wax, as its extraction is heavily linked to deforestation. Both of these are extremely costly due to their limited availability and non-renewability. Soy wax is much more affordable compared to these other types of wax due to its renewability.
The low melting temperature of soy wax also makes cleanup easier once it has cooled, especially if the wax has dripped onto fabric or a tablecloth. This low temperature also means that when lit, soy wax creates a gentle ambiance that doesn’t overwhelm the room. As it burns evenly, the wax liquifies harmoniously around the wick, allowing more fragrance to be diffused into your space.”
The benefits of paraffin wax
While soy wax is made from natural resources, paraffin wax is derived from crude oil, which might not align with all vegans’ preferences. However, many vegans recognize that the animals and organisms extracted from the Earth during the crude oil extraction process died millions of years ago and were not killed for this purpose.
Paraffin wax can hold a significant amount of fragrance, which means it releases much more intense scents when burning. More fragrances are emitted when the wick is lit. As a result, you can enjoy the base notes for a longer time even after the candle is extinguished.
At CandleSay, our candles are made from a blend of paraffin and soy wax, which provides them with long-lasting, residue-free burning. They are therefore safer for your family and you. Our artisan candles are crafted from carefully chosen ingredients and do not contain the following toxic substances:
Parabens – A cancer-causing and hormone-disrupting preservative.
Phthalates – A chemical linked to asthma and fertility issues.
Sulfates – Derived from petroleum or palm oil, they are environmentally destructive and can cause skin, eye, and lung irritation.
Dyes – Many candles on the market contain dyes that can release highly toxic toxins into the air when burned.
Animal-derived ingredients – Our products are never tested on animals or made from animal-based substances.
Cotton Wick or Wooden Wick
Both of these naturally sourced wicks offer advantages for candle burning. That’s why CandleSay uses both types of wicks in its candle forms. Cotton wicks are made from braided cotton threads that are dipped in wax and then compressed to maintain their shape. Some cotton wicks are dipped in pure paraffin or metals like zinc or lead to prevent them from extinguishing. However, as this creates toxic smoke emissions when burned, CandleSay does not employ these processes in its artisan candles.
Wooden wicks are thin strips of wood specially manufactured for candles. They produce a crackling sound reminiscent of logs burning in a fireplace. Regardless of the type of wick used, remember to trim the end after each burn. You can learn more in our Candle Care Guide.
Furthermore, it’s not recommended to burn candles outdoors unless they are specifically designed for outdoor use. Cotton wicks last longer in well-ventilated areas. It’s not advisable to light a wooden wick candle outdoors as it can easily extinguish and be difficult to relight.
In terms of sustainability, wooden wicks are less harmful to the environment because their production requires less water compared to cotton wicks. Some cotton wicks are also twisted around metal wires. We do not use this type of wick as we do not consider them ethical or safe for our customers.
Find your favorite candle or accessory in the new CandleSay collection here. Explore all our soy candles here and check out our list of banned products here.