The YR Studio Guide To Soy Candles
The power of scent has always fascinated us here at YR Studio, as has it been a staple feature in meditation, yoga and relaxation practices for many years. When we decided to step on our yoga mats and find a solution to work-related stresses for the masses, it seemed only right to find a way to blend our practice with scent. Our soy candles are the backbone of our business and something we’re very passionate about. This is why we’ve created this guide, providing you with everything you need to know about bringing these snippets of relaxation into your home yourself.
What Are Soy Candles?
Soy is a 100% natural material, derived from the soybean vegetable. Traditionally, candles are made from paraffin wax - a derivative of petroleum. During the purification process, the waxy substance found in crude oil comes away, leaving behind paraffin wax. As a ‘waste product’, it is cheap, leading to its popularity. Soy wax, on the other hand, is entirely natural and provides key benefits for candles, which we will discuss later.
All of the YR Studio candles are crafted from pure soy wax with blends of perfume oils and essential oils.
Why Do We Use Soy?
For us, it was important to use ingredients that were environmentally friendly, natural and sustainable. With a focus on being plastic-free, vegan-free and phthalate-free, soy wax allows us to achieve all of these in one. Equally, our candles were designed to be used during yoga practices. It is important, during these times of deep concentration and relaxation, that distractions be significantly reduced and a holistic approach is taken to achieve the full benefits. Soy wax candles, as we will see shortly, release no toxins into the air and, instead, simply fill a space with rich and potent scents that help to ground the mind. This aligns with our focus on helping individuals find calm in their normally hectic and consistently busy lives.
Benefits of Soy Candles
You know why we’ve chosen them. Let’s now take a look at some of the reasons why we think you should fall in love with soy candles too.
- Soy candles are 100% natural and are crafted from an entirely renewable resource.
- Soy wax is biodegradable meaning that drips and spills can be easily cleaned up and waste disposed of safely.
- With a lower melting point than paraffin, soy wax candles burn up to 50% slower than traditional designs. This gives you more time to appreciate the scent you’ve chosen and makes them more cost-effective per use.
- Unlike paraffin candles, soy wax does not release petro-soot. In traditional candles, this black soot can contain carcinogens and toxins - something you do not have to be aware of when using these natural alternatives.
- With no soot released, soy wax candles will also not leave marks on walls or surrounding furniture - especially if the wick is kept trimmed short.
- Soy is carbon neutral, allowing you to be confident that your purchase is not negatively impacting the environment.
Alongside these obvious benefits, you’ll also discover a plethora of scents. Soy wax is an excellent accompaniment to essential oils and perfumed oils, keeping their fragrance strong throughout every single burn. As you sit down to enter your yoga practice or carve out 10 minutes for meditation, these scents infuse your senses and help to bring feelings of stress, anxiety and worry down.
How to Use Them Around the Home
The beauty of scented candles is the ease with which you can begin to incorporate them into your routine. There are no set rules - just like meditation itself simply asks you to focus on the present. Simply light your favourite candle in your chosen location and breathe deep. Allow the fragrance to infuse with your senses and make its way up to your brain for the full benefits when it comes to relaxing.
In yoga, there is something calming and alluring about a flickering flame. It brings a sense of calm on its own, even before the smell has made its way to you. The positioning of candles can also accompany your practice, helping you to connect deeper with your spirituality. Create an altar with pieces that have special meaning to you and create a reminder of the commitment you’re making to each practice. Instead of closing your eyes, focus on the flickering flame of your candle as you sit quietly or use this time to breathe your favourite scents in as deeply as you can. Candles offer something whimsical and magic to yoga practices.
Choosing the Right Blend
As with your choice of meditation, there are few rules when it comes to choosing soy wax candle blends for relaxation. Our scent receptors connect straight to the limbic system in our brain - the part that regulates emotions and memories. For some of us, certain smells will evoke the fondest memories and help to alleviate stress instantly. For others, fragrances can simply work to reduce our blood pressure, slow down our breathing and help us feel grounded amidst the chaos.
The right blend for you is the one that helps you achieve your end goal, whatever that may be. The Calm & Balanced Lavender and Geranium candle create a cosy and relaxing environment that welcomes sleep and moves you away from extreme stress. The ‘I’m Offline’ Nag Champa Two Wick Candle eliminates the mental fuzz from modern technology and creates a space for focus and reflection. Our Eucalyptus Two Wick Candle creates a connection to nature and provides a place to ground ourselves within this busy world.
The right soy wax candle can help to turn a bad into a good one, make you feel calm when the world feels chaotic and bring back memories that make you smile. And our team here at YR Studio are here to help you find the right one for your next yoga practice or meditation. Discover our range on our website today or contact us for more information about any of our blends.