Candle Myths

Our candles are soy candles, however in the interest of transparency, not all of them are 100% soy. Unless otherwise indicated, our candles are made with a special house blend of waxes in order to provide you with the perfect candle and the perfect scents. There are many myths concerning candles, so let us clear a few things up for you so you can purchase with a peace of mind.

Some candle waxes are better than others.

While you may have heard that certain candle waxes burn “better” than other types, this is nothing but a common rumor.

An international study was conducted on soy wax, paraffin wax, beeswax, and other commonly used waxes. Findings showed that all well-made candles exhibit the same clean burning behavior and pose no risks to human health or indoor air quality.

Soy candles do not smoke

This is probably the biggest misconception about candles ever! There is no such thing as a soot free candle. Science lesson time, all waxes are essentially composed of hydrocarbon molecules, part hydrogen and carbon. So yes, all candles CAN smoke. However, the culprit of candle smoke is the wick. Candle wicks do need to be trimmed to ¼ inch every time you light them to ensure proper burning.

If all candles produce soot- is this harmful to me or my family and friends?

NO- The minuscule (tiny) 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 like 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, etc. No candle wax has ever been shown to be toxic or harmful to human health

While you shouldn’t be worried about candle soot, there are a few ways to reduce it. Trim the wick to ¼ inch before every use to promote proper flame height. Additionally, place the candle away from drafty areas to avoid flame flickering, and ensure that the wax pool is free of debris.

 

Is Paraffin Wax TOXIC?

Absolutely NOT- Paraffin wax – like all candle waxes - 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 manufacturing candles. While the soy industry has continually stated that paraffin wax is in fact toxic- not one governing board- candle association or the FDA have found paraffin candles to be toxic- which leads one to think if paraffin was in fact toxic the FDA would have put out notices etc.

 

Sources for this article

National Candle Association http://candles.org/faqs/

Candles Etcetera http://www.candlesetcetera.com/soy_vs_paraffin.html

US candle company, https://www.uscandleco.com/does-freezing-candles-help.html

Candle luscious http://www.candle-licious.com/soy-vs-paraffin-wax-candles.html

Natures Garden, http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/mas_assets/theme/ngc/pdf/909.pdf