Candles - Paraffin vs Soy, benefits of wood wicks

Candles - Paraffin vs Soy, benefits of wood wicks - Flower City Soap Company


Candles are made from a variety of products, but paraffin wax is the most common. Paraffin wax is a petroleum by-product that is created from the sludge waste when crude oil is refined into gasoline. Not the most appealing idea.

There are also soy wax candles which are made from the oil of soybeans, so it is a vegetable wax. Soy wax is a renewable resource. Most of the world’s soy beans are primarily grown in Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana. Soy wax candles burn slower and not as hot as paraffin wax candles . Actually, soy wax candles burn up to 30 to 50 percent longer. Soy candles are known as "clean-burning" and in particular, avoiding the "regular" wicks, because in many circumstances, there are still wicks that contain harmful amounts of lead in them. Wood wicks are natural and uncoated.

If you've even burned a paraffin wax candle, you will have noticed a black soot rising from the flame. When soot is airborne, it can be inhaled. These particles can then potentially penetrate the deepest areas of the lungs. This is dangerous for anyone, but particularly young children and those with any kind of breathing issues.

Many of the "store-bought" paraffin candles are made in China and Hong Kong, where the rules against the use of lead in wicks is much looser. You will not be able to tell if the wick contains lead or not, but the effects of burning a candle with lead (even low level exposure can affect the central nervous system) include:

• increased depression

• hypertension

• neurobehavioral changes

• kidney disease

• irritability

• memory loss

• breathing difficulty

• learning difficulties

• and much more.

Why are Wood Wicks better?

Wood Wicks are better for a number of reasons. First of all, they are natural and untreated. They burn longer and wider for a lovely, mesmerizing flame. They, all with clean, soy wax, do not emit black smoke, which is toxic and they also provide a lovely, soft crackling sound, much like a fireplace or campfire. 

Our candles are made from Clean-Burning Soy Wax and we only use untreated Wood Wicks so that you can enjoy the glow and aromas without worry!

 Natural Soy Wax Candles with Wood Wicks

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