As a full-time influencer (and new small business owner), I pride myself on my complete transparency. It’s my promise to you all: I will always keep it real.
I know influencer life can seem confusing, mysterious, and, at times, simplistic. I want you to know that I am putting in the work.
The same holds true for my beloved Hotel Lobby Candle. I didn’t simply slap my name on a product.
There are months of research and thought that go into every single decision I make—and I want you to feel a part of that!
Take, for example, the choice to use 100% soy wax for our candles. Paraffin is by far the most used type of candle wax, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my choice.
So, in the name of total transparency and shameless self-promotion, here is a definitive list of soy candles’ many benefits.
1. Soy Wax Makes a Long-Lasting Burn
Soy wax burns more slowly and evenly than paraffin, making candles last longer.
So, while soy wax tends to be more expensive, it’s certainly a bang for your buck given the longer burning time.
2. Soy is Better For Your Health
Health risks probably aren’t on the top of your mind when it comes to candles, but the soot production can actually cause some serious indoor air pollution.
Good news, though, soy wax burns cleaner and produces as much as 90% less soot than paraffin.
3. Soy is Sustainable
While paraffin is derived from oil, soy is a fully renewable source, making it the most eco-friendly candle wax option.
4. Soy is Vegan
While I certainly enjoy a good steak every once in a while, I know a lot of vegans.
Since soy wax is made from 100% non-GMO soy oil, it’s the perfect way for vegans to enjoy the luxurious effects of a high-end candle.
4. Soy Candles Are to Easier Clean Up
To be totally honest with you, I’m a bit of a klutz. I am no stranger to spilled drinks and knocked over candles.
Since soy is biodegradable, it’s a lot easier to clean off of a tablecloth or clothing than, say, paraffin.
6. …and They’re Also Easier to Reuse
Because soy is natural, you’ll find it to be much easier to remove from a candle jar when you’re finished using it.
Simply pour hot soapy water into your glass vessel, let it sit, and the remaining wax will float to the top.
Parrafin (and some other waxes) are far more stubborn. Removing leftover wax may require freezing the jar, boiling it in water, or even scraping it out with a knife.
Here’s a great post we did on different ways to repurpose your candle jar.
7. Soy Candles Produce Less Heat
I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I’m not burning my candles as a source of heat.
If anything, I’d like my candle to be less hot, that way I can still move it around if need be. Luckily, soy produces less heat than paraffin.
8. Soy Wax is Better For Your Home
Paraffin candle emissions build up on walls, staining wall paint and hiding in upholstery fabrics and carpets, all of which affect the air quality in a home.
Soy avoids this issue, since it produces little to no soot.
9. Soy Helps U.S. Farmers
Here’s a fun fact for you: the United States is the number one producer of soy in the world. So, when you buy soy, you’re supporting American farmers. Look at you, patriot!
10. Soy Makes Candle-Maintenance Easier.
Since soy candles produce less soot, smoke, and grime than paraffin, they’re much easier to maintain and clean. No one likes a dirty candle.
Convinced? Head to Hotel Lobby Candle (the brand I launched in 2020!) to browse our current collections of 100% soy luxury candles.
Olivia SmartJanuary 26, 2022 at 5:17 pm
Thank you for explaining that soy wax has a longer burn time than paraffin wax. My sisters and I have been thinking about how we can get some better candles to have around our homes and have been researching the ingredients. It seems really cool that soy wax could make such a big difference with burn time that I think it makes it worth the extra cost.