Scented candles are all the rage - and it's easy to see why they represent the core principles in ‘Décor for Dummies’. A smelly teenage boy’s room? Candles. Empty hallway? Candles. Spacious dog kennel? Candles my friend, as far as the eye can see. They are the gift that keeps on giving, a non-offensive "I don’t really know you or anything about you, but I felt like you needed more than a card" gift.
They’re easy to style, easy to find, come with minimal assembly, minimal maintenance, are fantastic at taking up almost no space - and if you’re feeling just that little bit fancy come in environmentally friendly materials.
For a large chunk of candle making history, candles were made from tallow which is the product produced when rendering beef fat then combined with beeswax. Until the mid-1800s at which point they were made mainly from spermaceti otherwise known as the waxy substance found in the head of whales (omg no) and searing a compound that was made from animal fats though in this day and age palm waxes are the preferred alternative. Today, most candles are made from paraffin wax, a product of petroleum refining.
So your options were cow/bee candles, whale brain/misc. animal candles or the ever popular petrol candles. It's 2017, I think if requesting a soy latte is acceptable then requesting the same for your candles is acceptable. Set yourself above the rest; take your non-committal-gift-giving to the next level.
So if the lack of animal byproduct and petroleum hasn’t won you over to this awesome natural alternative, here are six benefits of a soy wax candle:
1.They are vegan
Run of the mill commercialised candle making uses paraffin wax, that comes from unsustainable petroleum oil. So when you burn one of these candles, you're essentially burning petrol otherwise known as carbon, which is blowing a hole in the ozone layer which is really not great for the environment. Soy wax comes from a soybean, when you burn it you give a soy bean a tan. When you buy a soy wax candle you’re stimulating an environmentally friendly economy by utilising a natural, renewable resource.
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2. Soy is biodegradable
Speaking of soybeans - did you know that they’re a vegetable? And as such, soy wax is bioderadable and soy wax is also water soluble. Whilst being super great news for the environment, they're also really good news for your house when you spill the hot wax - because it's much easier to clean up.
3. Soy wax is non toxic
Heavily scented commercial candles may be good stress-relievers and atmosphere lifters- but they're not necessarily good for you. Petroleum-based candles emit fumes that are slightly toxic - while soy wax candles don't. It's cleaner burning - no toxins, carcinogens or pollutants which mean it's less likely to trigger allergies. Just nice knowing there is one less piece of decoration in your home slightly shortening your life span, I’m looking at you microwave.
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4. Longer lasting
Paraffin candles burn hot and fast just like when you burn petrol (I'm genuinely hoping you don’t burn petrol) whilst soy wax candles burn a lot more evenly and slowly. So you’re getting more from your candle for longer with a lot less heat. It's summer, when dusk has just set in and you’ve had a long day at the beach and it’s dark but still light out a soy wax candle is the perfect mood setter, especially since you won’t have to worry about making the room any hotter. Our Large sized candles with 3 wicks have more than 65 hours of burn time. And while the price tag is a little high then your average petrol candle, it's lasting a lot longer so you’re getting more candle for your money.
5.Soy Candles are clean
If you look at a normal candle jar, you'll notice a ring of black soot. You may even notice these markings on the wall near the candle or other surfaces that you may have touched after the candle - along with all the other fun benefits of petroleum, when it burns it leaves a dark residue which is the burnt carbon. Because soy wax burns cleaner there is very little residue left behind, so naturally they emit less soot.
Because what's the point of a scented candle, anyway?
Being derived from a natural source there isn’t a need to overcompensate with strong aromas in an effort to cover up chemical ones. A soy candle blends with essential oils a lot more effectively than paraffin wax, and less of them are needed to produce the same scent. Because they burn more slowly, the scent is gradually released; there won't be that instant hit of a strong aroma nor will the smell ever be overpowering. For those who can’t stand an overly perfumed fragrance soy wax scents infuse essential oils more gently and you’ll find that they permeate a room in a much more subtle and pleasant way. The natural wax also holds onto color well, which makes it look more attractive.
Clean, healthy, environmentally sound, longer lasting and overall more pleasant - you need to be making the switch today. Join us, join the Green Army, invite soy into your life, sleep on natural fibres throw a bit of kale at an innocent bystander! (How innocent could they really be, they attempted to dodge kale).