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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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How to Determine True Aromatherapy Candles


How to Determine True Aromatherapy Candles

Candles bring so much fresh aroma and calmness into a room, whether it’s for relaxation, for a candle light dinner, or for use as aromatherapy. Whatever the use is, candles will bring a nice fresh aroma to its recipient. One main reason people by scented candles is because many of us want to use it for aromatherapy, But what is aromatherapy and how can we as consumer determine we are actually getting what we purchased.

Aromatherapy is defined as the use of volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical health. Burning candles containing these oils is the most convenient and inexpensive ways to experience these benefits. Aromatherapy candles give off therapeutic vapors from its natural essential oils and fill the air with mood altering scents.

Burning aromatherapy scented candles can help with a variety of symptoms such as stress relief, antidepressant, headaches, and many other symptoms. In order to get the relief from symptoms you have to be using pure essential oils and natural waxes. True aromatherapy candles are produced with all natural waxes such as Beeswax, Soy or other Vegetable based waxes.

The main question many people wonder is how to select and purchase authentic aromatherapy candles. There are tons of candle websites out there who claim to make and sell aromatherapy candles so; I’m going to list several ways to help you determine real candle makers who create aromatherapy candles from those who are not.

1. True Aromatherapy Candles are made with all natural waxes. This could be soy wax, bees wax, or vegetable waxes but never paraffin waxes.

2. Aromatherapy Candles are created with all natural essential oils. These essential oils is what gives the candle it’s aromatherapy vapors so, aromatherapy candles created with synthetic fragrance oils are not true aromatherapy candles.

3. Aromatherapy candles contain no additives or harmful chemicals.

4. And lastly pure aromatherapy candles are dye free.

Because of the high amount of essential oil that must be present in the aromatherapy candle to make it scented, it can be very difficult to find truly scented aromatherapy candles, but with a little knowledge it can help you save a lot of time and money while searching for them.

A candle shop that sales true aromatherapy candles will have tell you right up front what their candles are created with and what kinds of essentials oils they use. Be aware of shops who states that their aromatherapy candles contain mostly natural products or are scented with fragrance oils instead of essential oils. So, when shopping for true aromatherapy candles make sure you know what exactly in the candle before you buy it. Also because aromatherapy candles use all natural essential oils and need a great deal of it to give off its therapeutic vapors these candles can be expensive but is worth it.

Aromatherapy Candles can help with many symptoms associated with different moods by altering them with its therapeutic vapors, so when shopping for them be sure to keep the above list in mind.

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Beautifully Natural Candle Company Press


Beautifully Natural Candle Company will be featured in Genesis Magazine and cafe Handmade features in August 2010. We are so excited that our personal story and company will be featured in such a great magazine and that the world will be properly introduced to our company and the many wonderful products and fragrances we have.

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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

By

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 http://littleblackboxes.com 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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Independence Day Sale!!


Come celebrate the 4th of July Holiday with http://beautifullynaturalcandles.com, now until July 4th take 10% off your entire order use coupon code 465. Also don’t forget there’s free shipping on all orders of $50 and more. Visit our website for soy pillars, votive, container candles, floating candles and handmade natural soaps.

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