IS SOY WAX NATURAL?
As we’ve said before, soy wax isn’t natural. Soy wax doesn’t grow on trees. Soy (one of soy wax’s constituent materials) is natural – if it isn’t GM soy, or hasn’t been planted in the place of natural rain-forest that was formed over hundreds of years. Nearly all candles contain some paraffin to help them burn, along with other material or chemicals to add or hold scents and improve burning. If someone simply tells you a manufactured product is ‘natural’ with no other evidence or information, we’d advise you to question their motives.
TOXIC? NON-TOXIC?
Like ‘natural’ ‘non-toxic’ is another mostly unregulated claim that gets thrown around for marketing purposes without much thought or honesty behind it. ‘Non-toxic’ means the product doesn’t contain ingredients that have been linked to toxic responses in humans. Something can be derived outside of nature and still be non-toxic. Just because something is natural, it doesn’t mean it is non-toxic. You can eat food grade paraffin and not expect a toxic response from your body. Food grade paraffin is used widely in the food industry as wrappings for cheese and other food stuffs, it’s also an additive in some foods. Obviously, we do not advise eating wax, it holds no real nutritional value and in all waxes there are other additives such as scents or binders which (legally) should be labelled on every candle you buy. What is harmful however, is when people use phrases such as ‘non-toxic’ dishonestly, wrongly, or just to sell people something.

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