Why Say No to Paraffin: The Hidden Dangers in Your Candles and the Soy Advantage

Why Say No to Paraffin: The Hidden Dangers in Your Candles and the Soy Advantage

At Matchbox Candle Co., our commitment to your well-being and the environment extends beyond just crafting candles. It's about enlightening our community on what goes into their candles and its impact. Today, we're uncovering the hidden dangers of paraffin wax, a common ingredient in many candles, and why our 100% soy wax candles offer a safer, healthier alternative.

1. The Paraffin Problem: Paraffin wax is a byproduct of petroleum refining, often used in traditional candle making. While it's popular for its low cost, the environmental and health implications are a growing concern:

  • Toxic Emissions: When burned, paraffin candles can emit harmful toxins and carcinogens like benzene and toluene, which are known to have adverse health effects.

  • Soot and Air Quality: Paraffin candles often produce soot, which can deteriorate indoor air quality and pose risks to people with asthma or other respiratory issues.

  • Non-Renewable Resource: Being a petroleum byproduct, paraffin is not sustainable, contributing to the depletion of fossil fuels and environmental pollution.

2. The Soy Solution: In contrast, soy wax, the cornerstone of Matchbox Candle Co.'s products, offers a myriad of benefits:

  • Eco-Friendly and Renewable: Soy wax is made from soybeans, a completely renewable resource, supporting sustainable agriculture.

  • Cleaner Burning: Soy candles burn cleaner, with significantly reduced soot, ensuring better air quality in your home or office.

  • Healthier Choice: With no toxins or carcinogens, soy candles are a healthier choice for you and your family.

  • Longer Lasting: Soy wax burns cooler and longer than paraffin, meaning your candles last longer, providing more value and enjoyment.


The choice between paraffin and soy wax is more than just about candles; it's about your health, the environment, and the future. At Matchbox Candle Co., we believe in creating products that not only elevate your spaces but also protect your well-being and our planet. By choosing soy wax candles, you're making a conscious decision for a healthier, greener tomorrow.

Discover the difference of 100% soy wax candles with Matchbox Candle Co. For more insights on sustainable living and our eco-friendly products, follow our blog. Join us in making a positive impact, one candle at a time.

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