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Is Soy Better than Paraffin Wax for Candles?

In the last few years, consumers have made their preference for alternative candle waxes known. Believed to be better for the environment, consumer demand encouraged manufacturers to shift away from paraffin wax in favor of soy wax and beeswax. But it is really better?

Mission Candles compiled available research by independent organizations, and found no evidence that other waxes burn more cleanly or have any benefits at all. With no desire to stay committed to paraffin wax if it harmed our customers, employees, or the environment, we were truly open to change. What we found made our commitment to high quality paraffin wax unchanged.

The National Candle Association (NCA), the industry's largest resource for candle makers, published an international study on candle emissions in 2007. The independent lab tests, conducted in Germancy at the Bayreuth Institute of Environmental Research, are the most extensive and rigorous scientific investigation of candle emissions to date.

This study showed that well-made candles of all major wax types exhibit the same clean burning behavior, and pose no discernible risks to human health or indoor air quality. In conducting the tests, paraffin, soy, stearin, palm, and beeswax were burned in a specialized testing chamber.

Over 300 chemicals known or suspected of toxicity, health concerns, or respiratory irritation were evaluated. All the waxes burned cleanly and safely, with no appreciable difference in burning behavior. All were well below the most restrictive of indoor air standards.

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