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Soy vs. Paraffin

Soy vs. Paraffin

Candles can add a warm and calming feeling to a room or add a relaxing atmosphere after a long hard day. Even though candles have been the number one choice for lighting and decorating in our society for many years, there are side effects of burning candles made with paraffin wax instead of burning candles made with soy candles.

With the turn of the new century there have been a large number of environmentally couscous people trying to live right and preserve the planet at the same time. Since then there has been several candle manufactures that have switched to using all natural ingredients instead of paraffin wax when creating candles. While doing this there has been a lot of research done on paraffin candles and the effects it has on our individual health. One risk of using paraffin candles is the soot that is released into the atmosphere when the candle is lit. This soot contains harmful chemicals such as naphthalene, methyl ethyl ketone, toluene and benzene. This soot can settle on walls, electronic devices and other surfaces in homes.

The pollution generated in the home poses a health risk because they can penetrate deep into the lungs to cause illness. In a study published in Volume 79 Number 8 of the Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, soot was produced from burning paraffin candles. However, soy wax candles burned at a slower rate produced little to no soot. The fumes of the burning paraffin contained trace amounts of formaldehyde, as well. Carcinogens are released into the air when a traditional paraffin candle is burning. Carcinogens can cause cancer, and other health related problems. New research is showing links between candles, charcoal, and other burning devices we use in our home lives as cancer causing. Research is just beginning on this issue; however it is a fact that soy candles do not produce carcinogens.

One alternative to burning paraffin candles is to burn candles that are made from all natural waxes. One of the earliest natural waxes is beeswax. Beeswax is produced from glands of the honey bees. Bees wax is better for the air because of its ability to produce negative ions that actually clean rather than pollute the air. Another natural wax that has become extremely popular over the years is soy wax. Soy wax is produced from all natural soy beans. Soy wax has become a preferred material by some environmentally couscous candle makers because it is an all natural alternative to using paraffin which is made from petroleum. Soy candles are the number one choice for consumers because it helps supports American Farmers because it’s produced from all natural soy beans.

Soy wax is made in the United States by US soy bean farmers. By buying Soy Candles and handmade Soy Candles you are doing your part in supporting the US economy. Soy wax contains no animal fat and burn 50% longer than paraffin candles and maintains an even burn pool and doesn’t release harmful chemicals into the atmosphere as with paraffin candles. Soy candles are all natural and do not contain any toxins, which means very little to no soot.

Here is a little known fact; did you know that soy candles have a memory? A soy candle should burn 1 hour for each inch of its diameter, until you receive a full melt pool. For example: a soy candle 2″ in diameter should be burned for two hours to establish its memory. If a soy candle isn’t given a proper memory burn, especially on the first burn, it will cause the soy candle to burn in a tunnel down the center and you will not get a good scent throw from the candle. Soy candles also burn down completely, I mean the candle completely burns down to the bottom with no left over wax on the sides of the jars which makes reusing and cleaning the jars after use very simple and easy, and helps promote recycling.


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Ten Ways to Reuse Your Candle Jars

Everyone loves jar candles and the beautiful way they can display your favorite scented candles but, once the candle is all burned down, what’s next? What do you do with those wonderful jars the candles came in? Well I’m here to tell you there are tons of inexpensive ways to recycle those used jars. In fact I’m going to give you my top ten uses for recycled candle jars that will add an ambiance of beauty to your home or office.

First off, as you know our candles are created with all natural soy wax and, what that means for you is that the jars are very easy to clean and reuse once the candle is all burned down. Now to clean the jars all you have to do is remove what little wax is left over and the wick. I like to add some hot water to the jar because this causes the wax to melt a whole lot easier. Then I take a butter knife and gently remove the wick. After that I take some warm soapy water and clean the jar until it’s spotless and let them air dry.

~ Now for the fun part, how to reuse those beautiful jars~

1. Candle Holders~ used candle jars make wonderful candle holders for new pillar candles and votives. Simply buy some of your favorite pillars and votives that’s a little shorter than the jar you are using and in no time you have a beautiful candle holder to display your new candles.

2. Vases~ this is my absolute favorite!! Used candle jars make wonderful vases for flowers, especially tall Libbey Stratus Jars. Just buy some of your favorite fresh cut flowers and add them to the jars with a little water and you will have yourself instant fresh floral arrangements in minutes. You could also do this with fake flowers as well but, instead of adding water you could try adding some pretty colored marbles instead.

3. Center Pieces~ speaking of decorative marbles you could also just add decorative marbles by themselves as a center piece. These lovely creations will add a decorator’s touch to your room.

4. Air Fresheners~ Reusable candle jars make an excellent choice for adding fresh fragrance to a room. You could fill these jars with scent-releasing flowers and herbs. Fill the jars with scented dried flowers and herbs in order to add a natural and inexpensive way to add fragrance to your room.

5. Candy Jars/Cookie Jars~ Reused Candle jars are very useful for storing candy or cookies in.

6. Creating Jams~ if you are another fellow handmade crafter, whether it’s cooking or other handmade items. These reusable candle jars make excellent containers to store homemade goodies in such as jams, spices, soups, or whatever you choose. You can even but these items together to create your own handmade gift basket full of goodies.

7. Storage for loose change~ Ever get tired of having all that lose change left on your table or counters, well candle jars make wonderful storage jars for that lose change.

8. Use as a Gift~ a very fun and creative way to reuse these jars is to use them for gift giving. You can fill them with candies, flowers, bath salts, whatever your preference and tie a pretty ribbon around it and you have an instant handmade gift.

9. Drinking Glasses~ if you have smaller candle jars you could reuse these as drinking glasses.

10. Spa items~ these candle jars make wonderful storage places for spa items such as cotton balls, potpourri, travel sized soaps, and bath sponges.

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Customer Appreciation~Sale

All New customers who place orders through our online store will receive 15% off their first order. Use coupon code 465 during checkout. Choose from over thirty five premium fragrances and a wide selection of candle types.

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How to Make Scented Soy Candles

How to Make Truly Scented Soy Candles


Trina Drummond

                Candles in general make wonderful gifts for any occasion, whether it’s for a birthday, an anniversary, or special event, candles especially scented candles, will be adored by any recipient. People love receiving gifts that are handmade and unique and scented soy candles is an excellent way to give a handmade one of a kind item to your recipient. In this article I will discuss ways to make your own homemade highly scented soy candles at home that your recipients will cherish for months. First and foremost you have to gather the following materials.

  • Soy Wax that’s made for container candles
  • Candle Fragrance oil of your choice
  • Candle Dye
  • Pre Assembled  Wick
  • Jar  that’s designed for candle making
  • Double Boiler
  • Thermometer
  • Melting Pot
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Wick Bar

Now that you have gathered your materials above, there are a couple of important factors you should keep in mind while making your candles. First you should use a soy wax that is high quality and has a decent fragrance load. This is very important when it comes to how fragrant you’re scented candles will be and when it comes to how long it should cool before pouring in your scent. You may also want to make sure that the fragrance oil that you use for creating these candles is 100% concentrated and not alcohol based. If you use alcohol based fragrance oil, the fragrance oil is usually cooked off before you had the chance to pour the wax into the container. The second important factor has to do more with candle safety, never leave your melting wax or hot wax unattended. Now that we have gone over the basics let’s start making some candles.

Step One~Gather all of your materials and have them easily assessable.

Step Two~Pour your soy wax flakes into your pouring pot and melt the wax using a double boiler. Using your thermometer make sure the wax gets to 160 degrees.

Step Three~Stir the wax as it melts with the wooden spoon so that it stimulates even melting of the wax, continue until completely melted.

Step Four~When the wax has completely melted add in your dye and stir completely so that the dye is complete adsorbed into the wax.

Step Five~Once the wax has completely melted and the dye is completely adsorbed, remove the melting pot from the double boiler and let cool until the temperature reaches 125 degrees.

Step Six~once the temperature has reached 125 degrees add in 1.6oz of fragrance oils per pound of wax, and stir until the fragrance is completed mixed through the wax. For a highly scented candle you can add in a little more fragrance oil depending on the type of soy wax you are using.

Step Six~pour your melted wax into your jar.

Step Seven~add your wick and hold it in place with a wick bar.

Step Eight~Let the candle cool for six hours or until completely solidified, and then enjoy.

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Sample Boxes

Do you love sample boxes, do you love to try items before you buy them, well your day has just gotten better. For the month of July you can try Beautifully natural candle company’s products through the Little black boxes. Just log on to and order your July sample box. You can try our floating candles, votive, tealights, travel tins and even our handmade soaps and, if you want more theres a coupon offer that’s included for 10% off your first purchase.

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Soy Candles, Natural Soaps~Gift Sets!

Good news, here at BNC we have added four new soy candle gifts ranging from soy candles and tea lights to soy candles and handmade soaps. Choose the gift sets that fits your needs and make that special someone very happy. We now offer gift wrap and To/from cards to make your gift giving a whole lot easier.

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Soy Candles~Natural Candles!

Well, here at Beautifully Natural Candles we have made several changes to our website. Our first and for most change is rewriting our shipping and return policy. We have created two shipping methods which consists of Ups, and Usps and free shipping on orders of $50 and more. We have also inserted a shipping rate table for usps to make shipping a little more affordable.

Another major change that we have implemented is allowing customers who are unsatisfied with their candles to have the opportunity to exchange them for another one. Satisfaction Guaranteed is a number one motto and we want all of our customers to be happy.

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