First, it seems that there are still a lot of people, that are falling into the whole “Eco Friendly Candle” dis-information campaign!
We still have people come up at shows and ask us, “Do you make the all natural, cleaner soy candles?” For a split second every time I hear this I just about blow up! But then Reality, my Humanity and Logic takes over and I simply explain some of the facts and the reasons why we choose to make the candles that we make.
I guess I just don’t understand why many of people just read or hear supposed (facts/fiction), and take it as absolute truth. Well I guess I should understand it. Look at almost any election and it’s easy to see that things continue to stay in a mess, but that’s another discussion. Let’s focus on candle wax.
Paraffin vs Soy Wax
So, let’s look at the word “natural” for a minute.
Mirriam-Webster.com – as an adjective
#10a. growing without human care; also: not cultivated
Dictionary.com – as an adjective
#1. existing in or formed by nature ( opposed to artificial): a natural bridge.
#5. in a state of nature; uncultivated, as land.
#6. growing spontaneously, without being planted or tended by human hand, as vegetation.
#7. having undergone little or no processing and containing no chemical additives: natural food; natural ingredients. Compare organic ( def. 11 ).
-as a noun
#38. a natural substance or a product made with such a substance: an ointment containing mink oil and other naturals.
“This should be an Easy Putt from here.”
This part of the discussion should be finished but, I am sure it’s not. Both waxes come from natural sources.
If you think about it and educate yourself, you might come to the conclusion that crude is far more natural than soybeans.
This simple fact should be apparent especially if you take into account that soybeans, as we know them, are not exactly natural. This was taken from the Organic Consumers Association and they site: “US soy, the world’s largest source of genetically modified food and animal feed.” It is also heavily subsidized upward of 70% by your tax dollars.
More education materials below, and there are many others as well.
wikipedia under search “soy”
mercola.com search “genetically engineered soybeans may cause allergies”
So do all of the previously mentioned definitions fit? You Decide.
Surely you know where crude comes from right? Plant and Animal matter highly compressed in our mother Earth for millions of years without any assistance from mankind until it is found by man and used, just like the original soybean, for the good of mankind.
So do all of the previously mentioned definitions fit? You Decide.
“Can someone please run out and pick me or dig me up some candle wax? I need to order soon.”
So when companies say that their candles are all natural, step back a minute and think. Maybe you could ask them where the cinnamon bun or cotton candy fragrance oil was dug up at. “Oh the Laboratory, yeah that’s it.”
Both waxes are refined from their natural resource, one from crude oil and one from soybean oil. I won’t bother to explain the details of both processes but each use chemicals and other things in the refinement of these natural resources to finally end up as wax in many forms. Both are food grade and used widely in many industries like for instance the nice shiny vegetables and fruit you may have recently eaten.”Shiny and somewhat protected from bugs compliments of paraffin wax”
However, for this discussion I only care about candles. More importantly Highly Scented Candles and the waxes used. If you are interested in educating yourself on these refinement processes you can go here for a start with sites like IGI Wax for paraffin, and fao.org for soy:
Both are also renewable as well, sort of. If there was a horrible drought and or the government quit subsidizing it, would soybeans be as renewable?
On the other hand no matter what we do. I’ll say again, “No Matter What We Do”, the Earth will continue its cycle of making natural crude whether we are here or not.
Sometimes the light of truth just smacks you right in the middle of the forehead doesn’t it?
What do they mean by Eco friendly?
One of our biggest suppliers of Palm wax has recently stopped selling it because of the very real issue of de-forestation of Palm.
The soy industry has done a great job of convincing people, that Paraffin wax is toxic, unsafe and generally evil. Once again truth comes to the rescue. One only has to look at the National Candle Association or NCA which is widely recognized as the leading technical authority on candles and candle manufacturing. The answers are out there when you look. Paraffin is not toxic or evil and is completely safe to burn when well formulated and burned safely. Same goes for Soy.
“Paraffin candles soot” Oh, really!
Well this is another misleading statement. All candles can, and will soot. It does not matter whether it is Soy or Paraffin. If the wick is not kept properly trimmed and or the flame is disrupted due to ceiling fans or other air disturbances you will get soot. Paraffin soot is darker and Soy soot is lighter in color. Soot is however Soot.
I guess the point is that everyone should get educated before blindly deciding that one thing is bad and the other is good just because one side does a great job of demonizing the other with false information and outright lies. Think for yourself, and not just about candles, but anything that you might be presented with. I think it would make for a better world if we all just took the time to actually think about things logically and become educated.
So look, I am not against protecting the environment, not at all. If I think that something will actually help, I am glad to do whatever I can to help keep our world a better place. However, with this one, the facts just don’t bear out any problems. If you feel better buying soy candles or paraffin candles great. Please use whatever you like! It’s sort of, a free world. Just do it for your own reasons and not from anyone else.
Why we use our proprietary wax blend
Well in our continuing efforts to develop High quality, Super strong, and Long Lasting candles we took the path of researching and experimenting with our own blends of highly refined wax. We use many ingredients in our formula including Paraffin and Soy. Yes we use some Soy but not because of the environment. We incorporate a precise amount because of a particular property it has. We use a lot of other ingredients in our formula as well but, for one reason only. We want the best scent throw we can get! This drive for excellence and quality in our products is number one for us. Our formula provides this and we continually strive for improvements. Simply put we push the envelope in the scented candle world. We believe you will easily discover that our candles are the Best Highly Scented Candles you will find anywhere.
We do have one warning however, and I mean this very sincerely. If you are a very sensitive asthmatic person and you use candles, which most do not, please do not use our candles. At local shows like the Tennessee State Fairgrounds, you will know we are there when you enter the very large building. When you smell say for instance, Macintosh Apples upon entering, just follow the scent as it gets stronger and you’ll find us. We are not allowed to burn the candles in the building. This just comes from a candle warmer with our formula in it. Anyhow, a small handful of times, particularly sensitive people have sped up and walked by complaining. We do apologize and feel very sorry for those that have this affliction.
For those of you that want unusually strong and what customers say are the best scented candles, you’ve happened upon the right place. Please feel free to browse our website, ask anything you like and most of all enjoy the fragrances you choose and spread the word.
Keep your wicks trimmed,