Why Australians Should Make the Switch to Soy Candles - Clare Makes

Why Australians Should Make the Switch to Soy Candles

There’s nothing more relaxing than the smell of a burning candle. But what if you could experience that smell all day, every day? That’s where soy candles come in. With their natural and often neutral scents, soy candles are an excellent alternative to regular paraffin candles. Unlike paraffin candles, which are made from petroleum and commonly known as “Vaseline” or “candle wax”, soy candles are made from soybean oil rather than oil from some other source of petroleum. These benefits make soy candles a great choice for those looking to take their home fragrance up a notch. Here is why you should try out soy candles the next time you light your favorite paraffin one.

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They smell great

The first thing to consider when it comes to soy candles is their scent. When using paraffin candles, you have to make sure the scent is strong enough to overpower the smell of the burning petroleum. That’s because the scent of petroleum can be very strong, especially when the candle is lit. Soy candles, on the other hand, have a very light scent that makes them easy to pair with any room. Because of their neutral smell, soy candles are great for scenting your home without overpowering it. Whether you’re trying to create a cozy atmosphere or just want to add some fragrance to the room, soy candles are a great choice. And if you want to switch scents, you can easily add a few drops of essential oil to your soy candle.

They’re eco-friendly

Another great thing about soy candles is that they are eco-friendly. Soy candles are made from a renewable resource: soybean oil. This means that soybean oil can be harvested and used to make candles indefinitely. Unlike paraffin candles, soy candles do not require any kind of mining or drilling. Instead, they are made from a natural resource that can be cultivated and harvested in a sustainable fashion. That means that soy candles are better for the environment than paraffin candles. Rather than taking natural resources and putting them under more and more pressure to meet the demand for petroleum, soybean oil can be grown in a sustainable fashion and used for other things like food and fuel.

They burn longer

Another major advantage of soy candles over paraffin ones is that they burn longer. Paraffin candles have a much shorter burn time than soy candles. Soy candles, on the other hand, can burn for hours. That’s due to a higher melting point for paraffin than for soy. The burning of a candle is a chemical reaction that takes place between the wick and the wax. The higher melting point of soy wax means that it takes longer for the soy wax to melt. That means that the flame burns hotter and lasts longer. The longer the flame burns, the more it heats up the soy wax around it. This means that the soy candle burns longer since it needs more time to cool down.

They don’t leave soot or residue

Paraffin candles are notorious for leaving black soot all over the glass jar, furniture, and anything else nearby. This is because the sheen on paraffin candles is actually caused by the oil evaporating and leaving soot behind. That means that paraffin candles have a carbon residue that gets deposited wherever the wax flows. Soy candles, on the other hand, do not leave soot or carbon residue. That’s because the wax of a soy candle does not evaporate. Instead, the soy oils are simply burned at a lower temperature. That means that soy candles do not deposit soot on the surface of the jar and leave behind a carbon residue. That also means that soy candles are easier to clean up when they do happen to drip or leak.


There are many benefits to using soy candles over regular paraffin ones. Soy candles are made from a renewable resource and do not leave behind any carbon residue. They also burn longer and leave behind a mild scent that is easy to pair with any room. That makes soy candles a great choice for anyone looking to upgrade their home fragrance with a less harmful product.

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