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Yes, it’s true soy candles are the better choice! I admit I love candles but some are so fragrant it got me researching is this stuff safe to breathe in? I have young children, a dog and started getting concerned about the ingredients in some popular candle products. It turns out if you love candles like I do a soy candle is the better choice for your home.

Here’s why: Candle wax is made from the petroleum byproduct, paraffin. Burning a paraffin wax candle, even if it smells like scrumptious cinnamon apple pie, is like inviting a diesel truck into your home to let off some exhaust … the soot from both diesel fuel and paraffin wax contains a noxious mix of carcinogenic petro-carbon nastiness that can mess with your health, blacken the inside of your home, and emit toxic chemicals like benzene and toluene. Gross! Petroleum isn’t exactly renewable.

Vegetable-based soy wax isn’t 100 percent perfect but it’s much better than “gas wax.” They’re longer burning (with none of that soot), come in just as many tantalizing scents, and often the companies who produce soy candles go all out by using recycled-content packaging and lead-free paper/cotton wicks. Most candle shops and home boutiques should carry soy candle lines and if they don’t, make a request. I have even seen them at Target.

So continue to burn my friend but just make sure the candle is 100 percent soy wax.

 

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