Your Burning Questions about Candles

What are paraffins? 

We have all heard of paraffins. Are they good or bad?  The less expensive candles are made strictly from Paraffin wax because it is inexpensive to produce. It is a white or colorless soft, solid wax. It's made from saturated hydrocarbons. Paraffins are often used cosmetically in spa treatments to soften the skin on the hands, cuticles, and feet because it is colorless, tasteless, and odorless. It can be used to provide pain relief to sore joints and muscles. Paraffin wax can also help open pores and remove dead skin cells. The issue is, what happens when a candle burns made from paraffin wax.

Are All Candles Safe?

It all depends what kind and amount of each wax is used to make the candle. When candles only have paraffin wax they may release toxins into the air at extremely low levels. That may make some people uncomfortable, (and you have options if you prefer no paraffins), but paraffins help your candle burn better and more evenly. Many candles still have paraffins, sometimes in small amounts, but are often blended with one of the other waxes mentioned below.

What are candles made of?

Soy waxbeeswax and coconut wax are all great options. Look at what your candle is made of, because several companies like to create blends with paraffin wax because it often helps a candle burn better, even when it contains small amounts.  Coconut wax is best. Non-GMO soy wax is non-existent. In addition, soy can sometimes contain pesticide and fertilizer additives. Soy wax alone, does not have ideal burn qualities; it burns slowly, but it has trouble throwing scent and can also look unsightly.

Do candles go bad?

They do not go bad like food that will spoil and become moldy and make you sick if you eat it. However, overtime, candles can lose their fragrance. Colored candles might fade over time, some as quickly as 4 months. An old candle will not make you sick, but it can dry out and burn poorly, and you just might not be able to smell it.


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