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Know The Truth About Candle Waxes

If you are like me, you have gotten swept away with the “all natural” craze. And, why not? I have almost completely changed my diet to organic foods for the sake of my husband's and my health. I want my family and myself to live as long as possible. Who doesn’t want to take better care of themselves, their families, and the world?

However, businesses are always trying to increase sales. And, for the sake of increasing sales, they tend not to correct myths that help better their product. The one that comes to mind right now is the corn syrup myth. “All Natural” fruit juice companies never said that corn syrup was harmful or bad for you. However, they made it look extremely unappetizing, showing commercials with pure corn syrup in a cup. They wanted you to think that it was bad without ever saying it. Obviously, it worked causing corn syrup producers to retaliate and put an end to the rumors. Rumors are nasty and can ruin everything and everyone in its path.

The reason I mentioned this is because of the myths behind paraffin wax. I have researched this subject multiple times because I want what’s best for my customers and my products. My results have led me to keep using paraffin wax for pillars and votives, but for container candles, soy wax has been proven best. Here are my findings:

The Myths:
· Soy Wax does not produce soot.
“All candles produce soot,” according to the National Candle Association. It is part of the process, when you burn a candle. Soy wax happens to produce more white soot than black soot like paraffin. But, the amount of soot that is emitted from candles is in no way harmful to the user. The same amount of soot is emitted from your toasters, ovens and cooking oil. If you keep your wicks trimmed to ¼”, your candle will produce little to no soot.

· Paraffin wax is toxic.
Paraffin wax is actually a natural resource. Many vegetables and fruits have paraffin wax on it to make it shiny. It is also used to make some candy goodies. But, I do not recommend eating your paraffin candles. They may smell good, but they won’t taste it. :) Paraffin is a byproduct of crude oil (a.k.a. fossil fuels). Yes, it comes from animals. But, it comes from animals that have been extinct for centuries. They were not killed to make the wax.

Neither wax is more environmentally friendly. Soy wax is a renewable resource, which means it can be reproduced, when it runs out. This is not the case with paraffin wax. Both candle types hold scents and dyes very well. Soy wax is an extremely soft wax, which makes it great for container candles. Soy wax also burns longer in containers. However, it does not make for good pillar or votive candles due to its softness. Many additives need to be added to the wax. Paraffin wax is harder and more able to hold its shape for pillars and votive candle.

So, now you know, what type of candle you choose is your preference, but not to be based on what is least harmful. Know the facts, not the rumors. Being more informed insures that you get what’s best.

Some websites, I used for the information in the article is:
http://www.candle-licious.com/html/soy_vs_paraffin.html
http://www.candles.org/about_faq.html
http://www.articlesbase.com/environment-articles/soy-vs-paraffin-candles-the-great-debate-39919.html

21 comments:

Mom said...

It's comforting to know that the expensive education did not go to waste. Your writing and research skills shine like a flame on a candle. Love ya.

AccentEnvy said...

Hey, mom. I got my writing skills from you, not the fancy edu-ma-cation. Remember those late nights until 4 in the morning, editing my huge research papers. Couldn't have done it without you. Miss you. Love ya 2.

missknits said...

wow this was really very informative and interesting! thank you so much for sharing the info with us all.

Kim said...

This is so true. I have been seeing the corn syrup commercial on television lately.
Great info...thanks for informing!
Kim

Kate said...

I didn't really know any of this. Fascinating!

Darren/violinTide said...

Very informative! Nicely written article!

AccentEnvy said...

Thanks everyone. I love to know all the details before I purchase something so I was hoping others would find this interesting.

Giftbearer said...

Very interesting information!

Jen said...

Yeah for the all organic switch! We love to hear that!
-10oneworld on etsy
'organic cotton clothing'

kristinamyerscrafts said...

lol at your mom... go mom!

thank you for the lesson on wax!

MaryMarsh said...

Great blog! Very insightful article! Thanks so much!! :)

esque said...

Very informative article! Who knew? Thanks for sharing this!

Jewelry by Bina said...

I love this! So much interesting information!

chatond said...

Very informative, it pays to do a little research, and not just listen to the latest hype...thank you >^.^<

Morrigan said...

Thank you for this article! :)

littlebrownpen said...

This is fantastic. I write for an organic skin care company, Amala, and I also write their blog. I am going to link to this. GREAT info!

Tami said...

Very well written! My family always used parrafin in our Christmas candy-making, but I never realized that it was a by product of crude oil.

AccentEnvy said...

Thank you everyone.

Tami:
It is a byproduct of crude oil, but it is not harmful for you to ingest. I hope you do not stop making your Christmas candy because of this. Christmas candy is so yummy.

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Thank you so much for the info - definitely lots of research on your part, which I know your customers must appreciate so much:)

BululuStudio said...

Excellent article, I didn't know that about the candles.

Jeeks said...

Thanks for sharing the info. I just love myth buster facts.