Sunday, September 6, 2009

Natural Soy Candles- The clear natural candle choice

Author: Funmi Ogboye

Soy Candle- New kid on the candle/gift block

Have you discovered soy candles?

Natural candles handmade from a renewable resource sound good – just wait until you hear the benefits of soy wax and you’ll be truly converted by this new kid on the block in the candle market.

Q. Where are soy candles sourced from?

A. Soy candles are made from soy wax which is made from hydrogenated soy bean oil.

Q. Why are soy candles said to be environmentally friendly

A. Soy candles can be said to be environmentally friendly because it is made from soy wax which is derived from soya bean a natural, renewable and biodegradable resource it also does not produce toxins when lit.

Q. What does soy wax burning cooler and longer mean?

A. Soy wax burning cooler lessens the risk of serious burns from melted wax, this is particularly important for users with children and pets where accidental spillages may happen.

Soy wax burns 50% longer than paraffin wax candles which makes them more economical.

Q. I have a love: hate relationship with my candles, I love my candles, but I hate the stains they leave, is there any solution?

A. Switch over to soy candles, they are clean-burning, that is they do not produce soot that stain your walls and interiors.

Q. I like re-using my candle glass holder but it takes so long to clean is there a solution for that?

A. Yes, one of the advantages of using soy wax candles is that they are easier to clean. Soy wax is water soluble which makes cleaning almost effortless.

Q. Aren’t all natural wax candles, such as beeswax, the same? What makes candles made from soy wax different?

A. Unlike beeswax, soy wax doesn’t have a powerful fragrance of its own, so it is a better “blank” base for all fragrances and essential oils. You can also buy soy wax candles in lots of colours and shapes.

Q. Soy wax is described as having a “wonderful scent throw”. What does this mean?

A. This means that scented soy wax candles fill the room with a strong, lasting fragrance. Candles made from soy are also natural and clean burning and have a purer fragrance than say paraffin wax candles, which contain added chemicals and have been known to give people headaches.

Q. Paraffin wax scented candles are so much cheaper than soy wax scented candles – why should I pay more for soy?

A. In a nutshell, the atmospheric and sensual benefit of scented soy candles is far greater than any other type of candle. To start with, they are made from a natural base that doesn’t conflict with the fragrance. By comparison, paraffin wax scented candles are derived from petrol, which blots out the fragrance just an hour after lighting the candle. Soy wax candles also last 50% longer than paraffin wax candles. So, if you’re looking for a quality, long lasting candle with a great fragrance, soy candles are the best choice.

Q. I have heard that inhaling the fumes from paraffin wax candles is just as bad for your health as breathing second hand cigarette smoke. Is this true?

A. Nothing has been proven on the health front, but it is true that the smoke from paraffin wax candles contains 11 toxins, two of which are carcinogenic. Soy wax candles, by comparison, don’t produce any toxins – so you can be assured you are not breathing toxins as you relax in your candlelit bath.

Q. But surely any candle that contains essential oils will have a positive effect on my health and wellbeing?

A. Not if it contains paraffin wax. Aside from the toxins, paraffin wax candles produce soot, which pollutes the air you breathe and leaves nasty black smears on walls and furnishings. It’s true that essential oils have therapeutic effects, but using a paraffin candle as the carrier is a contradiction. If you are going to pay a premium for aromatherapy candles and wish to enjoy the benefits, choose candles made from 100% natural products.

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About the Author:

After spending 10 years in the research and development departments of top companies in the cosmetic industry working with skincare, colour cosmetics and fragrances I founded Sentelle. Sentelle is a London based Lifestyle company that specializes in unique soy candles.
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