Soy Candles
Soy Candles and Buying America

This holiday season I’m buying American.  All the gifts I plan to give to friends and family are produced right here in the good old U-S-of-A.  One of my favorite locally produced goods are soy candles.  Soy candles are good in many ways for their eco-friendly qualities but also great from a “buy american” perspective. 

First, soy beans are almost exclusively grown in the midwest.  Consequently, buying soy based products is a great way to support an important American agricultural industry.  In addition, the soy bean wax processes into wax also happens in the midwest.  This is mostly because of economics.  It’s cheaper to have the wax processed in an area close to where the soy beans are grown.  Finally, the candles are usually poured in the midwest as well.  Most soy wax candles are produced in the United States as well.  Again, it’s less expensive to produce the candles domestically.  In addition, soy candles are often hand poured which ensures each product is reviewed closely before being sold.

Not all soy candles are produced in America but most are.  It’s important to check where your products are produced before making a purchase.  Nearly all of these scented candles are produced domestically but you never know for sure unless you check for yourself.  In addition, soy candles are also eco-friendly so you can feel good about purchasing these candles for that reason as well.  Good for the environment and for your local community.  Yep, it’s a win-win situation for sure.

Soy Candles

Scented Soy Candles… My Latest Obsession

I’ve always been kind of a hippy at heart.  I like green products and companies that are socially and environmentally responsible.  What’s my latest passion you ask?  You guessed it!  Soy candles!  Nothing produces the fragrance and aroma of scented soy bean way after being burned for a few minutes.  The aroma produced by these products linger in your home for hours even after they’re no longer burning.  And while they’re burning, well, pure heaven.  The outstanding fragrance is only part of the reason of I love these candles.  Soy wax candles produce no black soot when burned and release no toxic chemicals.

Have you ever had a candle leave black soot on the wall or on the inside of the jar?  Most of us have.  Standard candles do this because they are made with paraffin wax which is made out of petroleum.  Every time a standard paraffin candle is burned, toxins and CO2 are release.  It’s only a small portion pure candle but over time these can be harmful to your health and also make a mess in your home.  Soy bean wax is a natural wax and burns so clean you can reuse the jars once the candle is completely consumed.  A little soap and water is all that is needed to clean out the remaining residue.  This would be nearly impossible to do with a standard candle.

Buying a soy product is also a great way to promote American agriculture.  Nearly all the soy used to produce the wax is grown here in America.  In addition, soy plants are a environmentally friendly crop.  Consequently, buying a soy candle is a win-win for everyone.  Farmers are happy and you’ve got an outstanding candle that looks great and smells even better.  Plus, soy bean wax lasts up to three times longer than other types of wax.  The average price point is the same so you end up saving money over the life of the candle.