When it comes to choosing the candles, the size, fragrance and longevity should not be the only factors to keep in mind. There are more factors which makes a candle safe, unique and can enhance your experience.
Candles can be produced using a variety of waxes, with each having properties that affect performance. Candles today can be manufactured using paraffin wax, granulated wax and soy wax to name a few. Most conventional candles are made of paraffin. Although paraffin is vegan because it is made of petroleum, it is too soft to make candles out of it. This is why people usually add a small amount of stearic acid to increase the burning time and toughen the wax. But this stearic acid is taken from animal fat, which makes it non-vegan. Coconut oil can be an alternative to stearic acid, but this choice of ingredient is not popular due to its higher cost.
So, what exactly is a vegan candle? Candles can be vegan only if the substances added are plant-based. Paraffin is not the only material used to make candles. Instead, coconut or soy wax can be used to make candles. The most common vegan candles are made out of soy wax. Primarily, the combination of special vegetables and plants produces different vegan candles for different purposes.
There are many real benefits of choosing vegan candles over other candles available in the market:
Vegan waxes are made out of common agricultural plants that are extensively grown, readily available and renewable.
Vegan candles do not contain animal fats and acids
The appearance of non-animal-derived ingredients makes candles look more appealing to vegans. Vegans today can use candles as a part of the home décor without worrying about its negative impacts on the animals. These candles are labelled vegan friendly to distinguish them from conventional candles. However, even some plant-based candles may contain several substances and therefore, it is crucial to have a look at the ingredients in advance for more precise information. If you wish to reduce the use of fossil fuels for a greener candle, you may wish to select vegan candles instead of paraffin.
Plant-based candles are environment-friendly
One of the key reasons to choose candles that are vegan instead of conventional ones is because they do not harm the environment. Vegan candles are a sustainable natural resource and are 100% biodegradable. For example, candles made out of soy are found not to produce harmful chemicals into the atmosphere as compared to candles made out of paraffin or other materials. Moreover, the soot produced by vegan candles is minimal as compared to conventional ones. On the contrary, non-vegan candles are made of paraffin and therefore can produce harmful toxins into the air which can pollute the atmosphere and cause various health problems.
Vegan candles have a much better scent
Vegan candles burn more slowly and therefore release the scent gradually. As a result, this is no immediate gush of strong scent release as compared to candles made out of paraffin. Furthermore, plant-based oil can hold greater fragrance loads making the aroma of these vegan candles naturally more wholesome and wonderful. For those people who wish to leisurely enjoy the soothing smell, it is worth considering since the atmosphere created becomes relaxing and pleasant.
Vegan waxes like soy wax, coconut wax and palm wax burn more slowly and evenly than paraffin, so candles will last longer. Although the cost may be higher, the longer burning time means that you do not have to buy a new one for a very long time.
They are cruelty-free and are the best choice all around
Conventional candles are not just popular at homes, but also at hotels, restaurants, etc. due to their cheap cost and the variety they offer. However, those who wish to follow a sustainable lifestyle should certainly consider switching to vegan candles. They are environmentally friendly, animal-free and longer longevity, but have better fragrance.
For those who are not vegans, it is also exciting and joyous to explore the world of vegan candles. You will be surprised by the wide variety of vegan candles. Take the selection of vegan candles for your home and you will certainly be pleased with the result they bring to you and your loved ones.
Inputs by Syed Naqib Ahmed, Co-founder and Director, Umbr Tree