Having a candle lighting in the background while you’re soaking in a warm bath or even using it to help bring about a sense of calm in a busy environment are just some ways to create ambiance and set a mood, particularly when using scented candles. But have you considered what your candle wax is made from?
And the implications this can have on your health and the environment?
Sources of candle wax vary hugely from paraffin wax, palm wax and soy wax to name a few. At Creative Hands we’ve chosen soy wax candles for our wellness range and here’s why.
What is soy wax?
Soy wax is made from vegetable soybeans making it 100% natural. The oil is extracted from the soy flakes created after the beans have been cleaned, cracked and de-hulled. In contrast, candles made from paraffin oil are derived from the waxy substance left over from the purification process of non-renewable products such as petroleum, coal or oil shale.
Why use soy candles?
There are many reasons to choose soy candles over other types of candles and these include:
A natural product: It is made entirely from the oil of soybeans.
Cleaner burning: While burning anything has the potential to release chemicials, soy wax candles produce far less toxins or pollutants than paraffin wax when burnt and so are much less likely to trigger allergies of the skin and respiratory system.
A renewable source: In contrast to paraffin wax which is made from non-renewable sources, soybean crops have a much lower impact on the environment.
Slower burning: Soy candles burn at a much slower rate than paraffin wax. At up to 30 hours of burn time it makes them longer lasting and better value.
Emit less black soot: All candles emit some black soot when burning but soy wax candles produce less soot and leave no oily black marks on walls.
Carries fragrance well: Soy wax candles do not require chemical amplifiers to carry the fragrance so you get a truer scented candle.
As with candle wax, there are a number of different types of candle wicks available. Cotton wicks made from braided cotton are one of the healthiest options for clean burning. These wicks are dipped in wax and compressed to hold their shape.
Soy candles carry scent exceptionally well. As there is no need to add any chemical amplifiers it means the scent is more natural and will not overpower taste buds if used over a candlelit dinner. All you need to do when choosing your scented soy candle is decide what effect you are looking for, whether that is to calm, restore, uplift or provide clarity.
Creative Hands Wellness Candles
At Creative Hands we are committed to rethinking the way we do things to make our products more sustainable and the right choice for you. That is why our scented candles are made from 100% natural soy wax and cotton wicks with a burn time of up to 30 hours.
We also know that our energy needs can vary significantly at different times and so have created fragrances for our wellness candles to meet these varying requirements:
Lime to cleanse
Lemongrass & Ginger to uplift
Lavender to sooth
Frankincense & Myrrh to aid clarity
Light your candle to detox and escape stress within the home or office and invite a feeling of balance and joy within.
As part of our commitment to more sustainable packaging you will soon be able to return your empty candle holder and receive a 10% discount off your next candle.