Because I like to offer both
types of candles, almost daily I am asked the question “Which candles are
better, Soy or Paraffin?” In order to dispel some common myths about candles I
have decided to include the following. Please remember, the information
contained below is not my personal opinion but taken directly from the National
Whether Soy or Paraffin or any
other type or combination of wax, when you light a candle the process is the
same. The heat from the flame when you light the wick melts the nearest wax.
The liquid wax is then drawn up into the wick by capillary action and the
flame’s heat then vaporizes the liquid wax and produces water vapor and carbon
dioxide. We humans produce the same by-product every time we exhale!
Here are a few questions and
answers direct from the FAQ page of the National
Are certain candle waxes
better than others?
All types of candle waxes perform well, and will burn cleanly and safely when
they are of high quality. U.S. candle manufacturers select waxes or blends of
waxes based on their suitability for specific types of candles or formulation
profiles, as well as their own candle-making preferences.
Is candle soot harmful?
The minuscule amount of soot produced by a candle is the natural byproduct of
incomplete combustion. Candle soot is composed primarily of elemental carbon
particles, and is similar to the soot given off by kitchen toasters and
cooking oils. These everyday household sources of soot are not considered a
health concern, and are chemically different from the soot formed by the
burning of diesel fuel, coal, gasoline, etc.
Do scented candles produce
more soot than unscented candles?
really. The oils found in certain fragrances may slightly increase the small
amount of soot produced by a candle, but wick length and flame shape are the
primary factors that impact sooting in a properly-formulated candle.
Are scented candles safe?
When a candle burns, the wax is drawn into the wick, where it is "consumed" by
the candle flame to produce water vapor and carbon dioxide. The only
difference with a scented candle is that a small amount of fragrance is
released as well. Reputable candle manufacturers use only fragrances that are
approved for burning in candles. They also carefully monitor the addition of
fragrance to ensure that the candle will burn cleanly and properly.
Is paraffin wax toxic?
Paraffin wax is non-toxic. In fact, paraffin is approved by the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration for use in food, cosmetics, and medical applications.
Food-grade paraffin is commonly used for manufacturing candles.
If you are worried about
“sooting”, please remember that anything with a
flame has the potential to soot. There is no such thing as a soot-free wax.
All organic compounds when burned will emit some carbon (soot) due to
incomplete combustion. So please be aware, it is not the type of wax that
makes a candle soot. A good quality, well made candle, regardless of whether
paraffin or soy, will produce almost no soot if burned correctly.
I hope this has helped to answer
some of your questions about paraffin and soy candles. If you have a question
please do not hesitate to email: CustomerSupport@KerryScentedCandles.com
For more information on candles and candle burning please visit National