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SOY VS. PARAFFIN
The Great Debate
The following information has been gathered from the National Candle Association and
is based on years of ongoing study and research.
Paraffin is the most commonly used candle wax today.
Beeswax, soy wax, palm wax, gels, and synthesized waxes are
also used in candle-making for the U.S. market, as are blends of waxes.
Waxes burn with a yellow flame due to the presence of carbon.
No specific type of wax or wax blend is considered
"best" for candle making. All candle waxes - when provided in high-quality format have been shown to burn cleanly and
wax has ever been shown to be toxic or harmful to human health.
There is no such thing as a soot-free wax. All organic compounds when burned
will emit some carbon (soot) due to incomplete combustion.
Why are candles so popular?
Candles are perhaps one of the most enjoyable and affordable luxury items available to everyone. They are beautiful and magical.
They can create a special warmth and ambiance, infusing the home with color and fragrance and with the softness of candlelight,
there also comes a special sense of calm and well-being.
What sort of chemical reaction occurs when you burn a candle?When you light a candle, the
heat of the flame melts the wax near the wick. This melted or liquid wax is then drawn up into the wick by capillary action.
The flame's heat vaporizes the liquid wax to produce water vapor and carbon dioxide (the same byproducts that humans produce
Are certain candle waxes better than others?
No. All types of candle waxes perform well, and will burn cleanly
and safely when they are of high quality. U.S. candle manufacturers select waxes or blends of waxes based on their suitability
for specific types of candles or formulation profiles, as well as their own candle-making preferences.
candle soot harmful?
No. The minuscule amount of soot produced
by a candle is the natural byproduct of incomplete combustion. Candle soot is composed primarily of elemental carbon particles,
and is similar to the soot given off by kitchen toasters and cooking oils. These everyday household sources of soot are not
considered a health concern, and are chemically different from the soot formed by the burning of diesel fuel, coal, gasoline,
Do scented candles produce more soot
than unscented candles?
Not really. The oils
found in certain fragrances may slightly increase the small amount of soot produced by a candle but wick (size), length
and flame shape are the primary factors that impact sooting in a properly-formulated candle.
Are scented candles safe?
Yes. When a candle burns, the wax is drawn into the wick,
where it is "consumed" by the candle flame to produce water vapor and carbon dioxide. The only difference with a scented candle
is that a small amount of fragrance is released as well.
Reputable candle manufacturers use only fragrances that are
approved for burning in candles. They also carefully monitor the addition of fragrance to ensure that the candle will burn
cleanly and properly?
Is paraffin wax toxic?
No. Paraffin wax is non-toxic. In fact, paraffin is approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration for use in food, cosmetics, and medical applications. Food-grade paraffin is commonly used for
Why do some candles have metal-core wicks? Metal-core
wicks are sometimes used in container candles and votives to keep the wick upright when the surrounding wax liquefies during
burning. Today's metal-core wicks are made with either zinc or tin. Scientific studies have repeatedly shown both zinc- and
tin-core wicks to be safe and non-toxic.
Are my candles biodegradable?
Probably. Studies have
shown that beeswax, paraffin and vegetable-based waxes are biodegradable. The vast majority of candles today are made primarily
from these waxes.
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