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Candle Facts -- the REAL ones!

There is so much misinformation about candle ingredients out their (mainly waxes) and the information being falsely written is usually by candle makers stating false information about the waxes they use and don't use.  Of course they will speak highly of the ingredients they utilize and negatively about the ones they don't.

1.  FACT:  There is no such thing as an "all natural candle".  The only all natural wax available is beeswax and beeswax does not hold fragrance well at all.  Unless that beeswax candle is unscented; it's not all natural.  Beeswax is a very hard wax and sometimes beeswax is added to other waxes to harden the candle.  There are all beeswax unscented candles on the market that give off a lovely natural sweet smell -- those can be considered "all natural".  Beeswax is very expensive.

2.  FACT:  100% Soy Wax Candles are NOT all natural.  Soy, the crop is all natural but in order for soy to be used as wax...it has to be processed.  Anything processed is not "all natural".  And when you add fragrance to soy wax, it is nothing close to "all natural".  Even if the candle maker claims that only essential oils are used for their 100% soy wax candles -- not buying it because of all waxes, soy is very picky about holding fragrances especially essential oils.  Soy wax has a hard time binding with fragrances but soy candles can (if made correctly) have decent cold and hot throws. 

3.  FACT:  Soy wax is not the most expensive wax on the market.  Furthermore, when working with soy wax because the wax is derived from soy beans (an all natural product); there can be variances in how soy wax performs because not all soy beans are the same.  One batch may behave one way; another batch another way. 

4.  FACT:  Paraffin waxes are not the cheapest. This may have been true a few years ago but the price has gone up considerably especially in the last year.

5.  FACT:  Cheap candles are not always made with paraffin waxes.  Almost all the high-end candles are actually made with paraffin wax because paraffin can hold and bind with essential oils better than any other wax on the market. A lot of the times, it's not the wax that makes a candle cheap and perform poorly -- it's how its made, the quality of fragrance oils and essential oils (if any) that go in to it and lastly if they are made in Asia (Vietnam is a big producer of candles).  There are so many variables that separates a quality candle from a 'cheap' one. 

6.  FACT:  Paraffin wax is not toxic as 100% soy wax candle makers want you to believe. Paraffin wax used in candles is food grade, meaning it's the same wax that goes in to cosmetics and on your apples.  

7.  FACT:  Soy candles made with 100% soy wax can and will soot if the wick is not cut to 1/4" every time you burn the candle. This is true for any candle using any wax.  See No 8.

8.  FACT:  Sooting is usually not caused by the wax or waxes used in the candle. Soot can be caused by improper load of fragrance or low quality fragrance oils and essential oils or the combination of all of the above in addition to the candle not being properly wicked (candle was made with a wick too large for the chemistry of the wax and fragrance and container).  Yes, a container (color and material) can make the candle burn hotter or cooler.

9.  FACT:  A candle with a wider container will usually give off a better hot throw than a smaller container width.  Obviously there are other considerations to be made such as wick, fragrance and wax but for the most part this is true. A candle that is double wicked will usually give off more fragrance than a single wicked candle.  If you are looking to fill a large room with fragrance, a wider container is the way to go (assuming of course it is quality wax being used, the proper wick and the correct fragrance load and the use of high quality fragrance oils and essential oils). 

10.  FACT:  It is the additives and/or fragrance oils that go in to candles that can make them toxic (not the wax).  In ALL of our candles, diffusers and soaps; we only use fragrance oils that are phthalate-free, non-toxic and are carcinogen-free.  

In our 2.5 oz. containers we use a soy blend (made up of at least 51% soy wax) that we have blended ourselves.  We have found through exhaustive testing, that this recipe works the best in our 2.5 oz. candles. There are some great qualities about soy wax (one being the wax burns slower and cooler) and that is why our 2.5 oz candles are made with at least 51% soy wax.

We are currently in development of both 8 oz. and 11 oz. candles and are testing different vessels and different waxes (none of which are either 100% soy, coconut or paraffin) as the combination of different waxes coupled with high quality fragrance oils and essential oils, using the correct size wick and incorporating stringent quality procedures while pouring in small batches is the best approach to delivering a high quality candle.