All Chowdaheadz candles are made with 100% soy wax and lead-free cotton wicks! Soy wax has a lot of benefits over it’s paraffin counterpart: it burn longer, cleaner and retains scents more than any other wax.
Since Soy Beans are a vegetable, they are biodegradable and grown in the United States so they support local agriculture and do not harm the environment in the process. Being biodegradable means they have no affect on the carbon footprint. On the other hand, Paraffin wax is refined from petroleum crude oil and is a bi-product of animal and vegetable matter that has been locked inside the earth for millions of years.
Soy Candles burn slower and cooler than Paraffin; which means they last longer. Some studies have concluded that soy candles burn 30-50% longer than paraffin; therefore the ‘size’ of a Paraffin candle is not necessarily comparable to a Soy counterpart.
Since paraffin is product of petroleum, it creates smoke/exhaust that contains carcinogenic toxins; hence the black soot. Burning petroleum creates air pollution. Paraffin candles contain 11 carcinogenic compounds which have been deemed ‘toxic air contaminants’ by the State of California. Another advantage of Soy being all-natural is that it’s easy to remove from clothing and counter top surfaces; a simple soap and water mix will remove any excess wax very easily.
Soy candles are simply better for you, your family and the environment.