The Facts About Soy Candles

Soy wax, which comes from soy beans doesn’t contain pollutants; Soy is biodegradable; There is a considerable reduction of soot emission when burning Soy wax.  Clean up of Soy can be done by using soap and water, so containers can be reused for additional candles or other items. Spills onto clothing, tablecloths, and carpet are easier to clean off.  There are special wicks used for Soy wax candles that don’t contain lead. 

Soy wax burns completely, paraffin usually will leave a portion of the wax at the bottom of the container.   Soy wax burns at a cooler temperature which makes the burn time for the candle longer, so that you can enjoy your candle even more.  Soy Candle “Memory” – We’ve heard that soy candles have “memories.”

The first time you burn your soy candle, it will start to “pool” across the top of the candle.  The candle seems to “remember” how far it pooled the first time, and will only pool the same diameter the next times you light the candle. If a candle is not allowed to pool properly, you can get the “tunnel” effect where you are left with a ton of wasted wax on the sides of the container. Also, soy candles burn at a lower temperature than paraffin candles.

 Have you ever been burnt by a paraffin birthday candle? Even the tiny birthday candles can leave you with a horrible burn that hurts for weeks. Well, with soy candles the temperature is much lower.

We would never recommend that you touch a burning candle. But we are trying to explain the differences between soy and paraffin. And since soy combusts at a lower temp, it makes sense that it should burn slower than paraffin. In fact, we’ve read studies that suggest soy candles burn up to 30 to 50% longer than comparable paraffin candles, and they’re great for the environment!

from eHow.com

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