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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 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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Scented Natural Soy Candles


Reasons to buy scented soy candles and handmade shea butter soap from us

Beautifully Natural Candle Company products are handmade to order, they are created fresh every time using the best soy wax and fragrance oils, allowing you to have a long lasting candle that will hold it’s scent longer.

Our Soy Candles are made from 100% all natural ingredients, using domestically grown soy beans, this also helps the American farmer.

The Soy Wax that we use has an excellent scent life span, maintains an even burn pool and has superior color retention.

Our Soy Candles are cleaner burning, they do not release harmful chemicals into the air as with paraffin candles.

Our Candles use Eco-friendly wicks that are specifically created for natural waxes.

Our Soy Candles use a core-less cotton wick braided with interwoven thin paper filaments for increased burn stability. This makes them burn more evenly and burn longer than paraffin candles.

Our Handmade Soap’s are created with all Natural Shea Butter that doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals and you have your choice of fragrances.

Easy On-line Ordering, just browse our products and make a selection, we have Pillar Candles, Jar Candles, Candle Tins, Floating Candles, Tealights, Votive Candles, Candle Holders and Handmade Shea Butter Soap’s.

Fast processing, your order will be ready in 1-2 business days.

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Scented Candles


Fill your home or office with the fresh aroma of scented soy candles from Beautifully Natural Candle Company, where scented candles are made naturally. Our company offers a wide variety of scented soy candles such as, jar candles, pillar candles, votives, tealights, floating candles, and even handmade soap. We now offer free shipping on all orders of $30 and more and have a flat rate shipping of $8 dollars.

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