Why soy candles?

Candles can create that warmth feeling to your home and it might help to set a relaxing mood in any rooms, whether you have it at dinner in your home with your family or friends or simply enjoying a “me-time” in the warmth bath. The best thing you don’t need to worry about when enjoying soy candles, you know that you are not breathing toxic fumes. Take away your concerns that your new home decor addition burns clean and won’t detract from your air quality.

Soy-based candles offer soft, slow and natural burning with none of the dangers/toxics associated with burning materials such as paraffin wax. Instead of disposing candles altogether for the concern of health, you might like to consider substituting to soy candle the next time you’re looking for mood-elevating.

Soy candles are made naturally from soy wax, made from the oil of soybeans. After harvesting, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated.

The hydrogenation process converts some of the fatty acids in the oil from unsaturated to saturated. This process dramatically alters the melting point of the oil, making it a solid at room temperature.

Soy candles are made from soybeans, not only making them a safe and natural alternative to petroleum-based paraffin, but also renewable and biodegradable. Soy candles are generally more expensive than paraffin candles, soy candles burn slower and up to 50% longer, making them the more cost-effective option in the long-term.  It is known for burning more evenly as long as the wick is kept trimmed to a quarter of an inch.  The scent throw is gradually released over time, filling the room with a strong and lasting fragrance. Soy candles can be fragranced using either natural essential or fragrance oil.

So what you should be looking for before you purchase your scented candles?

When shopping for a new soy-based candle, there are some questions that you should ask before making a purchase. It’s an overwhelming number of choices available on the market. Whilst soy wax is safe, some soy candles might contain additional elements that could be harmful to your health.

Candles with essential oil blend can carry aroma therapeutic benefits, but certain fragrance oil may end up making you feel sick.  Not all fragrances are created equal; in fact, they come in different forms and strengths, some fragrances are more volatile than others. Even the bases of fragrance oils are vary. Some bases are oil, or powder, and also others are alcohol based. Fragrance oils characterise of whether something is clean, fresh, and baking in the oven. These very fragrances have a direct impact on memory, as well as stimulate emotion.

Is the dye safe? Soy wax produced in a natural cream colour, but sometimes you can find dyed candles to add the colours. Whilst coloured candles are pretty, certain dyes contain toxic that can be dangerous if inhaled. You should look for candles that use safe, natural dyes, or purchase natural-non dyed candles.

Lastly, is your candle containing toxic wick? For Eco-friendly candle, choose a wick that lead and metal free and made from natural and clean-burning materials like cotton, hemp or wood. Cut the wick before lightening the candle for a cleaner burn, and always keep candles away from drafts to prevent them from producing soot.

Not all wicks are made equal, and some may contain lead/ toxic compound that is harmful to your health. Choose candles that used cotton-made wicks or wooden wicks. A wooden wick emits clean burning and natural free from toxic compound and for a bonus it create beautiful sounds like fireplace at your own home!

Now, sit back, relax and enjoy your preferred Eco candle at your home sweet home.

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