Archive for November, 2010
November 28, 2010 by jknapton, under Soy Candles.
When you’re creating a tranquil mood or relaxing atmosphere in the home, burning some candles can be the perfect way to create a cozy space. Still, it’s important to keep in mind that toxic fumes and chemicals may be emanating from your latest assortment of candles; regular wax is usually infused with additives, chemicals, and other elements that can lead to a variety of health problems. Add these to a small living space, and you may be doing more harm than good.
Soy wax candles offer a much healthier alternative, giving you an excuse to join the eco-friendly movement and even breathe more easily. According to the National Candle Association, almost $2 billion is spent on candles and candle accessories in the U.S. each year; while most of these are paraffin and petroleum-based products, there are some sustainable and eco-friendly alternatives available.
Soy wax candles are preferable to paraffin or traditional ingredients for a variety of reasons:
Soy wax candles are non-carcinogenic. The fumes produced from burning soy wax are not harmful to your health, and since they are made with non-toxic elements, they will not be dangerous for children or the elderly either.
Soy wax is biodegradable, meaning that you can reuse and recycle these candles with peace of mind.
Soy wax candles burn between 30-50% longer than paraffin candles and other synthetic combinations. You can enjoy a longer-lasting candle and fragrance, without having to replace or buy a new set-possibly saving money too!
Soy wax is less likely to leave behind any soot. Your room can enjoy a fresh and clean burn without residue left behind on walls, or excess ash and soot after a complete burn. Soy wax candles also tend to burn at cooler rates, making them a little safer for children and pets who may touch the candle accidentally.
It is important to note that soy wax is NOT organic. The process used to turn soybean oil into soy wax requires chemicals, which are not organic. It is possible to find waxes that are 100% soy and/or vegetable, but claims of being “organic” are simply false. Soy Organic Candles are made with a blended wax containing soy wax. We make no claim of being organic, although we do test our wax, fragrance oils and wicks to ensure that they burn properly with great scent throw and very little sooting.
November 10, 2010 by jknapton, under Soy Candles.
Candles have been used for centuries for many different purposes. People light candles to set the mood for things like prayer, meditation and romance. Even if electrical lighting has advanced leap years in terms of technical quality over the last century, candles are still very much in use today. However, most candles manufactured in the present are made from paraffin, a synthetic petrochemical, and these things are not exactly safe or sustainable. A research conducted by a team from the South Carolina State University revealed that petroleum-based candles like those made from paraffin emit toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene. If you are an eco-conscious consumer, you might want to look into other sustainable choices. In the case of choosing candles, organic soy candles are definitely the better option. They are not only healthier for you, they are also definitely healthier for the environment; the South Carolina State University researchers found out that candles made from soybeans do not emit toxic chemicals. Summarized below are the health and environmental benefits of opting for organic soybean candles: Organic soy candles tend to burn longer and the flame they create is cooler than those made by paraffin wax candles. They also don’t release black soot when burned and emit only a light-colored smoke. When traditional candles produce black soot, chemicals, including potential carcinogens, are also released. You don’t want yourself inhaling these things so opting for organic soy candles is a wise decision. Real, environmentally friendly cleaning products are labeled “natural” because they are composed of non toxic cleaning substances usually from plant-based material. In the same way, organic soy candles are considered natural because they are made from soybeans, not from chemical components. Safe, organic candles do not contain chemicals like toluene, benzene and lead. They also contain only natural fragrances from essential herbal oils. Organic soy candles as a fuel source are much more sustainable than petroleum-based fuels like kerosene. Because they are made from soybeans, which can be replanted over time, organic soy candles can be considered as a renewable energy resource. Opting for organic soy candles helps to preserve good air quality and lessens your risk of developing asthma and allergies. Organic soy candles are also often easy to clean and are washable with soap and water. They are practical, inexpensive and come in many different shapes and sizes to suit your needs. So go environment friendly, choose organic soy candles today.