Are you burning Green Candles?
When we stop to look at the revolutionizing changes that our world is going through, environmentally, it seems as though products from all industries are going green. From automobiles to agriculture, consumers are afforded the ability to buy and use products that contain safe, clean and renewable ingredients to help preserve our environment. But what about candles? Are there green candles?
The candle has been around for over 5,000 years. Throughout time, people have burnt candles for a multitude of purposes, including: light, time, warmth, decoration and of course their loving scent. Over the years, candles have been produced with a varietal of ingredients, such as animal fats, oils, beans & more.
Nowadays, when we come across a scented candle in the store, it’s typically made from paraffin wax, beeswax, palm wax or soy wax. Among these, paraffin is the most commonly sold, today. Paraffin wax was introduced way back in the 1850s. Unfortunately, paraffin wax is the least safe for the environment and often these candles are not labeled that they’re made from paraffin wax. Paraffin wax comes from petroleum, coal or oil shale. When it burns, it emits soot in the air known to be toxic when inhaled for long periods. One way to know if you’ve purchased a paraffin wax candle is if you burn it for ~5+ hours and you see black residue around the top of the jar. This often indicates that its a candle made from paraffin wax.
Fast-forward about a century and a half… enter the discovery of soybean wax. This is the new age ingredient of candle making and has given candle lovers a new, exciting and healthy way to enjoy your favorite home décor item while fostering a safe environment to leave behind. Soy wax is a vegetable wax made from the oil of soybeans. Soybeans are grown heavily around the world; however, the United States is the leading soybean producer in the world. With the available resource of soybeans, we are now seeing more and more soy wax candles on the shelves. A few major benefits of soy wax are:
- Clean, biodegradable, sustainable product
- Derived from natural vegetable rather than refined gasoline
- Burns longer than paraffin wax candles
- Soy wax purchases help support American farming
- Easier cleanup – Able to reuse jar once candle has burned
So the next time you’re shopping for candles, make sure to check if they’re green candles by checking if they are made from 100% soy wax. One more product that we can purchase while making a positive impact on our environment and the world we live in.