is one of the most versatile products used today. It has been a high
protein source for millions of people for thousands of years.
However, being a food source is only the beginning of the uses of
this abundant resource.
In the past century, research efforts surrounding soy and its uses
have resulted in a multitude of everyday consumer goods such as body
& skin care products, hair products, cleaning products, paint
removers, crayons, pens, and yes…you guessed it…candle wax.
Soy candles are soot free.
Candles made from soy wax do
not emit the soot and fumes that are attributed to run-of-the-mill
paraffin candles. You’ve probably seen it a hundred times. You buy
a paraffin candle that smells nice, it’s colorful, the presentation
is perfect…then you light it. Within minutes, you can see the black
residue rising from the lit wick, staining the jar or container from
which these candles burn…and that’s just from the first time you
light it. Continued use of these paraffin candles will not only
further blacken the jar or container it sits in…it can blacken your
walls, ceilings, vents, AC units, heaters, curtains or blinds, and
even carpets…and it’s not just dirt that stains your home. Now,
imagine that same soot being inhaled into your lungs.
Soy candles don’t put your health at risk.
Soy candles do not release the toxins that paraffin candles
emit. According to the state of California’s Proposition 65 (Safe
Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986), there are at least
seven toxins in paraffin candle wax, including benzene, a carcinogen.
Paraffin is a petroleum product – a byproduct of oil refining. Most
fragrance oils used for candle making are petroleum-based
synthetics. The soot from these materials can contain carcinogens,
neurotoxins, and reproductive toxins. Testing and air chamber
analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found the
following compounds, in significant quantity, in a random group of
over 30 candles tested: acetone; benzene; trichlorofluoromethane;
carbon disulfide; butanone; trichloroethane; carbon tetrachloride
carbon black (soot) particulate matter; trichlo-roethene;
tetrachloroethene; tolulene; chlorobenzene; ethylbenzene; styrene;
xylene; phenol; cresol; cyclopentene; and lead. Obviously you’d have
to be a chemist to truly know what most of these chemicals are, but
according to the EPA, they pose a health hazard with continued
exposure over time.
Soy candles help our environment.