Thursday, February 14, 2013

Candle Wax Education: Paraffin vs. Soy vs. Palm Myths

Hello there dear friends! Since we produce and sell both paraffin and soy candle products, we have been wanting to write a post about some of the differences in these waxes. With all the myths floating around the Internet, (along with zero documented proof) we thought now would be a great time to debunk some :)  

Our paraffin candles are made from 100% FOOD-GRADE paraffin. Yes, the same kind that is in your ice cream topping, chewing gum, chocolate bars & other candy, cheese, and the same kind that is on your produce that you purchase from the grocery store.

100% true soy candles are non-existent because you can't purchase 100% soy wax for candle production. All "Soy" wax is actually a blend of soy beans and "botanical oils." Which translates to vegetable waxes; hydrogenated palm, coconut, corn, or all together "Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides".  Most of these pre-blended soy waxes for candle production comes from imported tropical regions. No soy wax can claim to be certified organic because it is hydrogenated.
 
 


Now that we got that out of the way, let's start off with the raw forms of the most popular waxes. We have Soy, Palm, and Paraffin.
You wouldn't take a soy plant and light it on fire on your coffee table.
You wouldn't take a palm plant and light it on fire on your coffee table.
 
 
And you wouldn't take some petroleum and light it on fire on your coffee table.
 
These are the raw forms that each one of these products comes in. Each one of these are natural products from the earth. Every one of these raw products must be refined from it's raw state to a wax form that we can use in candles. (And chocolate, produce, shampoo, beauty products, medicines,... on and on we can go :)
 
First issue we want to cover is the "fuel/gasoline". Yes, petroleum can become gasoline when refined. Just as soybeans are now one of the most popular forms of bio diesel and palm is right behind soy in that category. So we know that all of these three waxes have a raw natural state that can be refined into a fuel.
 
The "Soot free" soy candle myth. There is no such thing as "soot-free" candle. Hydrocarbon, (aka- soot) is emitted when any organic compound is burned. Yes, including soy candles. Wick trimming will help you the most here.
Remember, not all soot is black. "White soot" can't be seen all the time with the bare eye.
All candles (and any burning material; toasters, fireplaces, cooking oils...) give off carbon particles. Just as these household everyday items are not considered a health concern they are also different from the soot formed by the other refined products (as we discussed above) that come from these raw materials- bio diesel and gasoline.
 
We hope this has helped answer some questions about the different types of wax that we use. We have been learning a lot about the different types of candle supplies & waxes and as we learn we want to educate our family and friends.
Have a scentful day!
Sarah & Rebecca
 
 
 

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