When I decided I wanted to make candles, it was for the sole purpose to use at home. But when I started doing my research, I learned way more than I bargained for. The majority of the candles that are sold at retail stores are made with chemicals (wax) that can be harmful or simply irritating, I knew I wanted to make candles that smelled good and would keep their scent throughout the burn process but I also wanted something that would be safe. Now there are three primary waxes to make candles with: beeswax, paraffin and soy. I selected soy because it didn't produce soot, doesn't irritate an individuals allergies and has the ability to absorb pure fragrance oils.
- Dyes are not tested on animals
- Solvent free
- Does not contain hazardous additives such as naphtha or naphthalene
- We use a minute amount of dye in our candles, less than 0.0125%
- None of the components in the dye is required to be listed in the California Proposition 65 list of cancer causing agents
- Can be shipped in all weather conditions because of its high melt point
- Considered pricier than other waxes
- Beeswax can be combined with other waxes to reduce manufacturing costs so it can be difficult to find 100% beeswax
- Inexpensive (about 9 times less than beeswax)
- It's a by-product of fossil fuels
- It's equivalent to inhaling exhaust fumes
- Creates a large amount of black sticky soot
- Polymers are added to raise the melting point and improve burning qualities
- Known to drip
- Inability to use authentic scents
- Renewable resource
- No known toxins in the raw wax
- Low melt temperature
- Soy products are commonly Genetically Modified, bleached and hydrogenated
- Aesthetically, soy wax is not pretty and candles often develop bumps and lesions while burning
- Soy wax goes rancid without preservatives
- Limited type of candle can be made because the wax is so soft. Unable to make pillars, tapers or ornamentals
- Soy wax is difficult to ship during hot weather because it will melt
I highly suggest anyone interested in making candles, do your research. I'm still learning everyday.
Hope this article helped to explain why I selected soy and if any products are made with anything other, it will be listed.
This article was very informative. I used to just go out and buy candles because of how they smell neglecting to see what was in them. This is why I will only purchase from IdaandChritines. Great smelling and made with the best ingredients.