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Is the next phase of fossil fuel conservation and green choices going to be in aromatherapy? The debate is on - Aromatherapy Soy Candles or Aromatherapy Paraffin Candles? Aromatherapy soy candles are made from soy beans while aromatherapy paraffin candles are petroleum by products. Both offer the soothing enjoyment of aromatherapy candles; it's up to you to choose the brand that's right for you.

The Earth Benefits from Aromatherapy Soy Candles
Aromatherapy soy candles, as the name suggests, are made from soybeans. Paraffin wax candles are made from petroleum. No, burning soy candles instead of paraffin candles won't solve the nation's oil crisis, but every little bit helps. Also, buying soy candles does a little bit to support U.S. farmers. Aromatherapy soy candles are also biodegradable, so that if they do end up in a landfill they will disintegrate quickly. Furthermore, due to the petroleum, paraffin wax candles release carcinogens as they burn-some liken them to second-hand smoke; soy candles, on the other hand, do not produce these carcinogens.

Individual Benefits of Aromatherapy Soy Candles
Environmental concerns aside, aromatherapy soy candles have other advantages over paraffin candles. First, they last longer than paraffin candles. Different websites selling soy products claim that their candles last anywhere from 35 to 50 percent longer than paraffin candles of the same size. Since high-quality candles aren't usually cheap, having a candle that lasts longer is a money saver.

Another benefit of soy candles is that they are less sooty. Since switching to soy candles, I've found that it's no longer necessary to clean a fine layer of soot off the shelf every time I blow out the candles. Soot candles are also water soluble, which makes for easy cleanup if some wax drips on the shelf-no more having to get out a knife or letter opener and scrape until the paraffin comes loose.

Finally, soy candles burn cooler and more evenly. For this reason, they produce a steady, strong scent throughout the life of the candle. Some paraffin candles seem to lose their scent as they burn down.

Finally, aromatherapy soy candles cost roughly the same as paraffin wax candles, so there's really nothing to lose by giving them a try. Aromatherapy soy candles are available at several websites and at many candle stores. You can even make soy candles at home. So, why not give them a try? You have everything to gain, and nothing to lose but soot.

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