Burn Soy and Enjoy: Are You Illuminating Your World With Toxic Waste?
By Denise Cassaly
The dangers of paraffin wax candles. Soy candles provide a much healthier alternative to burning paraffin candles.
December 9, 2004 -- Most candles today are made of paraffin wax, but behind their bright glow is a much darker issue. Most people are unaware that paraffin is a petroleum by-product and that candles made of paraffin wax may be a threat to your health. After petroleum is processed into gasoline, kerosene, motor oil, diesel, and other fuels, the waste is then used in the production of paraffin. This waste contains harmful toxins and carcinogens. After burning paraffin wax candles, you may see black soot buildup on your walls, furniture and in the ventilating system of your home. This soot is similar in composition to diesel soot and is the result of incomplete combustion of carbon containing fuels (hydrocarbons). The paraffin candles that you are burning is the source of this black soot, and is what you are breathing into your lungs when you inhale. It deposits unwanted pollutants into our homes and endangers our family, our pets, and ourselves. According to experts, breathing in the soot released by paraffin has been known to cause upper respiratory problems. When petroleum was first used to manufacture paraffin, no one knew of the health risks involved. We now have documented studies from experts citing paraffin’s health risks, yet, companies still continue to manufacture and sell these candles that could be public health hazards.
Over the last decade, scented candle sales have increased to over two billion dollars annually and according to the National Candle Association, seven out of every ten households burn candles regularly. Why you may ask? Between the unforgettable fragrance of scented candles, and their mesmerizing glow, the ambiance they create is unsurpassed. Candles appeal to both ones senses of sight and smell.
Soy wax candles offer a much healthier alternative to burning paraffin candles. Candles made of soy wax are the latest advance in the global candle industry in over one hundred years and have become the new phenomenon across our country. Soy wax is derived from the oil of soybeans. This vegetable wax provides an environmentally safe and very affordable alternative with which to illuminate your world. Soy wax is all natural, non-toxic, carcinogen free, burns significantly cleaner and cooler than paraffin, is biodegradable, water soluble (cleans up easily with soap and hot water), burns 30-50% longer than a paraffin wax candle, provides a better scent throw, is cost competitive with paraffin wax, is a renewable resource, and supports our American Farmer. Soy candles provide a demand for soybeans that are produced in the Heartland of America. What a bonus it is to know that when lighting up your home with soy candles it promotes the agricultural sector of the U.S. economy.
So if you have a passion for fragrance as I do, keep casting that glowing light, but with the use of soy candles. Let the innovative new candle wax of the twenty first century ignite your senses of sight and smell as it safely takes you on a journey through a kaleidoscope of wonderful aromas. Burn soy and enjoy!
Denise Cassaly is the owner of Je T’aime Fragrances located in Clearwater, FL where she manufactures scented soy candles. You may visit her website at www.jetaimefragrances.com or reach her at (727) 581-0970.
Last Updated: January 30, 2007