Why Use a Soy Aromatherapy Candle?

Chances are, if you're drawn to aromatherapy, you're going to be interested in casting a soy aromatherapy candle.

How Soy is Different?

Soy wax first appeared in 1993 when inventor Michael Richards was searching for cleaner sources of light. Unlike regular candles, which are made from either paraffin - a byproduct of petroleum - or beeswax, soy candles are created from hydrogenated soybean oil, so it's related to tofu! This makes them less expensive than beeswax candles and more environmentally friendly than paraffin.

There are other bonuses - a soy aromatherapy candle burns twice as long as and cleaner than regular candles, according to candle retailers. You can look forward to less soot dirtying up the sides of your favorite candleholders! Some allergy sufferers also believe soy candles don't trigger reactions, unlike paraffin. This may be because paraffin candles give off some of the same byproducts as burning gasoline.

Ever try to get spilled wax out of your carpet? Awful, isn't it? Most 'how to' books suggest laying down a layer of newspaper over the spot and then ironing the paper until the wax sticks. With soy candles all you need is hot water and detergent.

A soy aromatherapy candle has another advantage over paraffin. The soy oil carries fragrance - a quality called "scent throw" - better than typical wax candles, thanks to its melting point and solubility.