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Is Soy Wax Candles Safe? Humans , Pets?

Soy wax candles are generally considered safe for both humans and pets. This was one of many reasons why we at Sweet as Home love to make scented soy candles. However, as with any product, there are some safety considerations to keep in mind.


Safe For Humans

First, let's discuss the safety of soy candles for humans. Soy wax is made from soybean oil, which is a natural and renewable resource. Soy wax candles are free from harmful chemicals, such as paraffin wax, which can release toxins into the air when burned. Soy candles also burn at a lower temperature than traditional candles, reducing the risk of burns or fire.

However, it's important to note that even natural products can pose a risk if not used properly. To ensure the safety of soy candles, it's important to follow these guidelines:

  • Always keep candles away from flammable materials, such as curtains or paper.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

  • Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

  • Trim the wick to 1/4 inch before lighting to prevent the flame from getting too large.

For more information, check our blog post about candle care.




Safe For Pets

Now let's discuss the safety of soy candles for pets. Soy candles are generally safe for pets, as they do not contain harmful chemicals or emit strong fumes. However, pets can still be at risk if they accidentally knock over a candle or come into contact with the hot wax or flame.


To keep pets safe around soy candles, it's important to follow these guidelines:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, especially if you have pets in the home.

  • Keep candles out of reach. Pets are curious creatures and can easily knock over a candle, potentially causing a fire or injury. Keep candles out of reach of your pets, and consider using a candle holder or cover to prevent accidental contact. If your pet does come into contact with the hot wax or flame, seek veterinary care immediately.

  • Choose pet-friendly scents. Some scents, such as essential oils, can be harmful to pets if ingested. Choose pet-friendly scents, such as lavender or vanilla, and avoid using candles with strong fragrances.

  • Watch for signs of irritation. Some pets may be sensitive to the scent or smoke from candles. Watch for signs of irritation, such as sneezing, coughing, or watery eyes, and discontinue use if necessary.

In conclusion, soy wax candles are generally considered safe for both humans and pets. However, it's important to use candles safely and responsibly to prevent accidents or injuries. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy the benefits of our scented soy candles without putting yourself or your pets at risk.


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