It’s possible to have an allergic reaction to soy candles, though it may be rare. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include sneezing, coughing, wheezing, hives, itching, watery eyes and a runny nose.
Don’t panic though, if you have an allergic reaction it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite candle scents!
Here is a look at what common soy candle allergy symptoms are, and what you should do if you think you’re having an allergic reaction:
Soy Candle Allergy Symptoms
Allergic reactions to soy candles will vary a little depending on the person, but generally speaking the main symptoms are:
- Itchy, watery eyes
- Congestion or difficulty breathing
- Skin rashes, hives, and itching on the face, neck, arms and other areas of exposed skin
- Wheezing or tightness in the chest
- Coughing or throat irritation
- Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
Basically, all the classic allergy symptoms that someone may experience when exposed to any other allergen are possible.
If you think you’re having an allergic reaction to a soy candle, stop using it immediately and seek medical advice.
If you have a soy allergy or know someone who does, it is best to avoid using soy candles altogether.
There are plenty of other options such as beeswax, paraffin and vegetable-based waxes that won’t trigger an allergic reaction.
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Can Soy Candles Cause Allergies?
Yes, soy candles can cause allergies in some people.
The proteins and other compounds found in soy wax can trigger an allergic reaction.
If someone is already allergic to a certain food or cosmetic containing soy, it’s very likely that they will also have an allergy to soy candles as well.
It is best to avoid using them altogether if you or someone you know has a soy allergy.
It’s a tough one because if you’ve never been around soy products before but are experiencing allergic reactions to candles, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact cause.
It’s not uncommon for people to experience allergic reactions to certain fragrances used in candles, too.
It’s always best to consult a doctor if you are experiencing any type of allergic reaction as they can help to identify the exact cause and suggest the best treatment plan.
But what I can confirm is that it’s certainly possible, so it’s something to keep in mind.
If you’re unsure if a soy candle is causing your allergy symptoms, it’s best to avoid them altogether and opt for a different type of candle.
Can I Use Soy Candles if I’m Allergic to Soy?
It is not recommended to use soy candles if you are allergic to soy, no.
Soy wax contains proteins and other compounds that may trigger an allergic reaction.
If you are allergic to soy, it’s best to avoid using soy candles and opt for a different type of candle, such as beeswax, paraffin or vegetable-based waxes.
It’s also important to remember that certain fragrances used in candles can also trigger an allergic reaction, so be sure to check the ingredients list on any candle you’re considering.
Alternatives to Soy Candles
If you’re allergic to soy, it doesn’t mean you can’t use candles around your home – you just need to use candles made from alternative waxes.
The most popular alternatives to soy candles are:
- Beeswax candles
- Paraffin wax candles
- Vegetable-based waxes such as coconut and palm wax
Paraffin is the most popular type of wax used in candles and has some pros and cons.
It burns brightly and provides a strong scent throw, but it’s not as eco-friendly as soy or beeswax candles.
Beeswax candles are all-natural and burn cleanly, but they require special care and can be more expensive than other types of wax.
Vegetable-based waxes are becoming more popular due to their natural and eco-friendly properties, but they may not provide as strong a scent as paraffin or beeswax candles.
I recommend giving each candle type a try and seeing which one works best for you.
Soy wax candles can be a great option for those looking for an eco-friendly and natural way to scent their homes.
However, soy candles can cause allergies in some people, so it’s important to be aware of this if you or someone you know has a soy allergy.
If you are allergic to soy, there are plenty of other options such as beeswax, paraffin and vegetable-based waxes that won’t trigger an allergic reaction!
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I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.