Candles are typically made of Soy wax, Paraffin wax, a blend of the two, or sometimes beeswax. Precious Gem Candles are 100% soy candles. Why do we use soy wax for our candles? Well, let us tell you!
Let’s start by looking at the other common types of candles. First, Paraffin wax is the petroleum by-product created when crude oil is refined into gasoline. Paraffin wax is full of chemicals from the refining process, and paraffin candles release a lot of soot when they burn, which can stain your walls, ceilings, and furniture. This soot can also be inhaled by you while burning these candles.
Beeswax candles are made from exactly what their name implies. While these candles are clean-burning and have documented benefits to burning them, beeswax is a bit more expensive than paraffin or soy wax, so these candles will have a higher price tag. Also, for those who choose to purchase vegan products only, beeswax would not fall into that category as it is of animal origin.
Precious Gem Candles are soy candles made from 100% soy wax, which is created from soybean oil. Soybeans are a renewable resource, and are grown in many regions of the United States by local farmers. So, soy candles are not only natural, but the use of soy wax supports the agriculture system.
In contrast to candles made from paraffin wax, soy candles are much cleaner burning. While they do still release some soot, the amount is far less than their paraffin counterpart. Soy candles are non-toxic, so while they do release a bit of soot, they aren’t releasing toxins into the air as they burn. Soy wax is also biodegradable and easy to clean in case of accidental spills, or for cleaning and reusing your candle jars.
The quality of soy candles’ burn and scent throw is also better than paraffin candles. Because soy wax has a lower melt temperature, soy candles have a longer burn time – up to 50% longer than paraffin candles! The slower burn time also means that soy candles release scent at a gradual and even pace, which creates a very pleasant experience.
Here at Precious Gem Candles, we use the highest quality soy wax we’ve found in our 14+ years of candle making. Combined with cotton wicks, you’ll experience an environmentally friendly, clean burning, long lasting soy candle with a great scent throw.