pomegranate and fig soy wax candle


It’s no secret that we absolutely adore candles, and we always have one burning to beautifully scent and softly light our personal space all year round. However, all candles are not created equal! There is so much choice in the UK candle market and a higher price tag or decorative jar does not always mean a better candle. Likewise, it’s not just the scent or aroma that should be considered before you make a purchase. Savvy shoppers choose soy wax candles over paraffin wax candles because they smell better, burn longer, are kinder to the environment and more!

In this article, we’re explain why at Soak Heaven we only choose soy wax candles to go inside our spa gift boxes and the benefits they can add to your home and the environment.

What is a soy wax candle?

Soy wax is derived from the soybean vegetable and is 100% natural and  vegan-friendly. Soy wax oil is extracted from soybean flakes after the beans have been harvested, cleaned, cracked and dehulled. This oil is then melted and fragranced with scented oils before being poured and set into beautiful, natural candles.

The main types of candles

In the UK candle market you will find candles made from ingredients such as paraffin wax, soy wax, palm wax, vegetable wax, and granulated wax to name a few. Some candles may be made using a blend of these ingredients too so always check the label or read the online product description to identify what's in the candle before you buy. At Soak Heaven, our candles are handmade in the UK using 100% soy wax because we love the well-balanced true scent that they give.

The problem with paraffin wax candles

Traditionally candles are made using paraffin wax which is the product of the oil purification process from petroleum, coal, or oil shale. When you remove the waxy substance from crude oil, you’re left with paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is derived from a non-renewable source and these types of candles are not a sustainable or environmentally friendly choice. In addition, paraffin wax candles can produce harmful by-products such as toxins, carcinogens or pollutants when burned or melted. They couldn’t be more different to soy wax candles, but paraffin wax is widely used today because of its cheap costs to manufacturers.

7 reasons to choose a soy wax candle

Soy wax has many environmental and health benefits and it’s a wonderful plant-based material to make candles with. Burning soy wax as a candle of wax melt is much more pleasant for your nose too! We are proud to only feature soy wax candles in our spa gift boxes and below are some of the top reasons why we love them:

  1. Soy wax is derived from a renewable source, the vegetable soybean, unlike paraffin wax which comes from the world’s dwindling supply of crude oil. It’s a great sustainable choice to fragrance your home.
  2. Soy wax is 100% natural and contains zero nasties or toxins. This means it is safe for your skin and respiratory system and kind to the environment. If you’re pregnant, have children or pets a soy wax candle is the best-choice from a health perspective.
  3. Soy wax burns on average 40-50% slower than paraffin wax so soy wax candles burn for longer giving you better value money.
  4. Soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax, all candles give off some back soot but with soy wax candles its much less and no chemicals are being released into the air. This means you enjoy a true and stronger scent that will not trigger allergies or headaches!
  5. Soy wax washes away with water so you can easily clean and reuse your candle container.
  6. Soy wax is a carbon neutral product so you can enjoy your candle knowing that it’s not having a negative impact on the environment.
  7. Soy wax is a vegetable wax so it’s vegan-friendly and cruelty-free!

How to find a soy wax candle

Many candles are often made from a blend of different waxes, but all will have list of ingredients on their labels or if you’re buying online you can read the product description before you purchase. A good quality soy wax candle with be made with 100% natural or organic soy wax plus a fragrance or essential oil. We highly recommend checking the ingredients list before you purchase whether you are buyer a cheaper candle or a candle with a premium price tag or designer label – you may be surprised by how many are not 100% natural or better for you, your nose and wallet!

Choose a scent to match your mood

Candles can transform any room as their soft light flickers and aroma infuses the air so when choosing a soy wax candle consider the mood you want to evoke. For example, you may want to feel uplifted or just enjoy a sweety fruity scent because it’s your favourite! At Soak Heaven, we’ve created three beautiful candle fragrances:

Lime & Mandarin Organic Soy Wax Candle: An iconic oriental fragrance infused with lime, sweet mandarin, bergamot & spicy basil designed to uplift and inspire the senses.

Pomegranate & Fig Organic Soy Wax Candle: A rich, distinctive fragrance infused with sweet pomegranate and spiced amber with a hint of fig.

Velvet Rose & Oud Organic Soy Wax Candle: A wonderfully romantic fragrance of rich damask rose wrapped around smoky oud wood with delicate notes of sweet vanilla lily.

Each of our organic and vegan soy wax candles are hand poured in the UK, feature a natural cotton wick, and have a burn time of 20 hours.

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