Follow these tips to get the most out of your candles.
Always burn candles with in sight and NEVER leave unattended. Open flames are dangerous, candle with care.
Trim Your Wick
Always trim your wick to ¼ inch before lighting for an optimum burn. Only trim your wick when your candle is completely cooled!
Let It Burn
Always burn your candle long enough to allow melted wax to reach the edge of the container to avoid tunneling. Extinguishing your candle before the melted wax has reached the edges will create a tunnel down the middle and could result in lots of leftover wax.
Draft Free Zone
It is important to burn your candle in an area that is free from drafts, fans and wind. Any bursts of air that cause your candle flame to dance around are also causing your candle wick to draw fuel at an inconsistent rate.
Snuff It Out
Don’t blow out your candle. Blowing out a candle also creates smoke in your room, and that is never pleasant. Use the candle lid to extinguish the flame!
If you haven’t had the chance to try burning soy wax instead of traditional paraffin, you could be missing out on a host of benefits for your nose, your wallet, and your health. In fact, burning soy wax in a wax melt or candle form is a much better option than traditional paraffin for many reasons. Find out why below!
#1. Soy Wax is Natural
Derived from the soybean, soy wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that turns to a solid at room temperature. After they are harvested, the beans are cleaned, cracked, dehulled, and rolled into flakes. Soy wax contains nothing artificial, which makes it a better alternative to old-fashioned paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum oil and produces harmful by-products when burned or melted. Soy wax is non-toxic making it better both for the environment and your health!
One-touch of nature makes the whole world kin.
#2. Paraffin Wax May Contain Benzene
Many mainstream candle brands make their candles with paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum. It has been claimed that paraffin wax releases harmful substances when burnt, which has contributed to its fall out of favor. In 2009, a study by South Carolina State University found that burning paraffin wax candles give off benzene. The American Cancer Society classifies benzene as a carcinogen, a substance that promotes the growth of cancer. In the same 2009 study performed by South Carolina State University, they found that soy wax did not give off benzene, unlike paraffin wax.
#3. Soy Wax is Environmentally Friendly
Since soy wax is made from soybeans, it is friendly to the environment because soybeans are a renewable resource. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource. This is especially important if you are pregnant, have kids, or have pets, because it’s the safest option health-wise. You want to avoid wax blends or candles that don’t state the exact breakdown of ingredients.
#4. Soy Wax Burns Cleaner
Because soy wax is made of all-natural materials, it is thought that it delivers a cleaner burn than petroleum-derived paraffin wax. It’s common to hear people complain of headaches when paraffin candles burn, but in general, this isn’t due to the scent of the wax but rather the chemicals it releases into the air.
Delivering stronger scents to being healthier to burn, there are many reasons to use soy wax melts and candles instead of paraffin. If you would like to experience the benefits of soy wax yourself, be sure to visit the Flaming Gaia Shop, where you’ll find soy wax products available in a variety of delightful scents.