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6 Questions to Ask Before Switching to Soy Candles

You’re probably here because you’ve heard a lot of bad things about conventional paraffin candles and are looking to make the switch to the supposedly safer soy candles.

But are they really that much safer than paraffin-based alternatives derived from oils? Are there any downsides to using them? Are there any special considerations to take note of before buying one?

We’ll answer all of these questions and more in the special FAQ-style guide we’ve prepared for you today. By the time you’re done, you’ll know everything you need to make a truly informed decision.

Let’s get started!

Are soy candles carcinogenic?

Soy candles are not carcinogenic—unless all sorts of toxic substances are added to the mix. Unlike paraffin wax, which contains cancer-causing substances such as benzene and toluene, pure soy is naturally safe and cleaner burning.

But how exactly do you know which soy candles are free from dangerous additives? Well, you could always just read reviews or check the label of the products you’re considering before buying.

As a general rule, though, sticking with reputable brands—such as Allure and Bisby who are known for their high quality, handcrafted and hand poured scented soy candles—should minimize, if not completely eliminate, your risk of ending up with a poor quality, carcinogenic-laden product.

Are soy candles safe for pets?

Soy candles are safe for pets when they’re made without harmful additives and toxic substances. In general, the purer the product is, the lower the risk it has anything that could be bad for your pets.

Some things to watch out for are artificial fragrances and petroleum products. As long as your soy candle is free from these things, then they should be safe for any animals you have around the house.

To be sure, though, just read online reviews first or check with your vet. You’ll only have to do these things once anyway, so it shouldn’t be too much of a hassle. The last thing you want is to unknowingly end up hurting your pets, right?

One more thing to consider is the type of wick your chosen product uses. Stay away from anything with a lead core. Instead, always go for something that’s made with 100% cotton—like the ones Allure uses—or a similar non-toxic alternative.

Can soy candles cause allergies?

Soy candles do not cause allergies, and this is exactly the reason they are not required by any government agency to carry warning labels. In most cases, even people with a severe soy allergy should be able to use soy candles without worries.

You see, what normally triggers the allergic reaction is the digested protein in the soy—which doesn’t really get released into the air when you light up a soy candle. What you get from the combustion is mostly just water and carbon dioxide.

Long story short, as long as you don’t eat your soy candles (which you shouldn’t be doing in the first place), then you should be perfectly fine because the allergy-triggering proteins won’t be able to get into your bloodstream. If you want to be sure, though, then a quick consultation with your doctor should erase all doubt.

What is frosting on soy candles?

Frosting on soy candles (i.e. the white coating you see around them) happens because vegetable waxes have the natural tendency to re-crystallize and go back to their natural state. It doesn’t affect a candle’s performance, though, so there’s really nothing to worry about.

In fact, if you’re looking for 100% natural soy candles, then frosting should be a welcome sight to you because it means the product you’re using doesn’t contain any artificial additives.

If it bothers you too much, though, then you can delay its onset by not exposing your candles to sudden changes in temperature—that and using them within a year (or six months if homemade) after they’re manufactured. But, again, frosting has absolutely no effect on a candle’s performance, so you don’t really have to go through all the hassle of keeping yours frost-free.

How long do soy candles last?

Soy candles last longer than paraffin ones because they generally require a lower burning temperature. This means they use up less wax for every single minute they are lit.

Their operating temperature, though, would ultimately depend on the amount of scent oils and dye used in making them. The more of these substances are added, the higher the required temperature. So, as a general rule, if you want a soy candle that burns for a really long time, then choose those that have very little, if at all, fragrance and color.

Fragrances and dyes, however, are just two of the factors that affect a soy candle’s lifespan. The way you use them also plays a big role. Bisby, for instance, recommends that you trim the wick of their candles to around ¼” before lighting up to minimize the size of the flame—that and allow the wax to form a puddle before putting the flame out to prevent tunneling.

Where can I buy soy candles?

You can buy soy candles pretty much everywhere these days. They’re virtually as readily available as regular paraffin-based alternatives, so you can pretty much just do a quick online search and find a store near your place of residence.

Or, if you want something more convenient, then you can also just order from this page. They carry a wide selection of high quality, handcrafted and hand poured Allure and Bisby soy candles.

The bottom line: soy candles are better than paraffin ones

If you haven’t figured it out yet, yes, we’re saying that soy candles are the better choice. They’re not only generally free from the harmful and potentially carcinogenic substances normally found in paraffin wax, they also burn cleaner for much longer than their paraffin counterparts.

The fact that they burn longer also means they offer better value for money because you get more burn time for every single dollar you spend.

So, what are you waiting for? Make the switch today!