We don't agree with all the "pointing fingers" and "false claims" that we hear other candle makers/companies rattling off to the public. Our response to them is this: This article came directly from the National Candle Association Website in 2010 and covers most of the questions that arise from their claims:
Q. What kinds of waxes are typically used in candles?
A. The most commonly used candle wax is paraffin. Beeswax, soy wax, palm wax, gels, and synthetic waxes are also frequently used in candles. Different blends of these waxes are popular with many manufacturers.
Q. Are certain candle waxes better than others?
A. No. All types of quality candle waxes have been shown to burn cleanly, safely and in the same manner. U.S. candle manufacturers select waxes or blends of waxes based on their suitability for specific types of candles or formulation profiles, as well as their own candle-making preferences.
(Purescentsations comment on this:) As you can plainly see, the National Candle Association says that soy wax is no better than paraffin wax! Therefore when you hear the spiel from soy candle makers about how much “better” their wax is, please remember this article!
Q. Is paraffin wax toxic?
A. No. Paraffin wax – like all candle waxes - is non-toxic. In fact, paraffin is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in food, cosmetics, and medical applications. Food-grade paraffin is commonly used for manufacturing candles.
(Purescentsations comment on this:) Again, the National Candle Association is stating that PARAFFIN WAX IS NON-TOXIC! So when a soy candle maker tries to tell you differently in order to sell their product, please remember this article.
Q. Are candles made with "natural" ingredients or essential oils safer?
A. A natural ingredient, as opposed to a manufactured or synthesized ingredient, is not necessarily any safer. In fact, scores of natural ingredients are known to be extremely toxic to humans in very small amounts. NCA members are committed to manufacturing candles that use ingredients known to be safe and approved for use in candles, whether "natural" or synthesized.
Q. What causes a candle to smoke, and what can I do to correct it?
A. A well-made candle will create virtually no smoke when burning properly. However, if the wick becomes too long, or an air current disturbs the flame's teardrop shape, small amounts of unburned carbon particles (soot) will escape from the flame as a visible wisp of smoke. Any candle will soot if the flame is disturbed. To avoid this, always trim the wick to ¼ inch before every use and be sure to place candles away from drafts, vents or air currents. If a candle continually flickers or smokes, it is not burning properly and should be extinguished. Allow the candle to cool, trim the wick, make sure the area is draft free, then re-light.
(Purescentsations comment on this:) We are proud of the fact that our candles put out very little, if any, smoke. We believe our candles fall into the “well-made” candle category!
Q. Is candle soot harmful?
A. No. The minuscule amount of soot produced by a candle is the natural byproduct of incomplete combustion. Candle soot is composed primarily of elemental carbon particles, and is similar to the soot given off by kitchen toasters and cooking oils. These everyday household sources of soot are not considered a health concern, and are chemically different from the soot formed by the burning of diesel fuel, coal, gasoline, etc.
Q. I love scented candles. Why don't candle manufacturers add a lot more fragrance?
A. There is a maximum amount of fragrance that can be added to a candle before it no longer burns cleanly or properly. There have been reports of some homemade and craft-fair candles containing too much fragrance, or fragrances not approved for use in candles. This can cause a candle to burn improperly or unsafely.
(Purescentsations comment on this:) We do follow the industry standards, both in the amount of oil we use and the quality of oil that we use. When you hear a candle maker claim they are “double” or “triple” scenting their candles it means one of two things: 1) They are making unsafe candles! OR 2) They are lying to make their product sound better! Either way, their products would not be something I would be willing to trust!
As you can see by the above article - Paraffin is NOT an inferior wax!! Vegetable wax manufacturers just want the public to believe it is!
To read more from the National Candle Association go to www.candles.org