"Friends Don`t Let Friends Burn Paraffin "
Have you ever wondered what candles are really made of? Did you know that petroleum and kerosene waste has been the primary material for candles? The petroleum is bleached and texturized with a chemical called Acrolein, color and scent is added to create a paraffin candle. Sounds relaxing? Yep, the fuel residue powered for our vehicles is what you are burning and breathing in your home.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently rated indoor air pollution as one of the five most urgent environmental issues accounting for over $1 billion in direct healthcare costs each year. In fact, the EPA, the American Lung Association (ALA) and the Envirodesic Certification Program, all believe that the air in most homes is likely to be ten times more polluted than the air outside! Only from a few candles. Testing and air chambers analysis by the EPA has found the following compounds in a random group of over 30 paraffin candles tested. These tests also show that burning paraffin candles can produce a variety of harmful substances in SIGNIFICANT quantities including,
Acetone, Benzene, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, Butanone, Trichloroethane, Carbon Tetrachloride, Carbon Black (soot) Particulate Matter, Styrene, Xylene, Ethyl benzene, Phenol, Cresol, and Lead.
What is the natural alternative?
Soy wax is made from natural soybeans grown right here in the USA. In a 60lb bushel, 49lbs of soy meal and 11lbs of soybean oil are produced. The soy meal is used for soy milk, tofu, "veggie" burgers and also animal feed. The 11lbs of soybean oil is made into wax through a partial hydrogenation process. Therefore the entire soybean is not wasted. Purchasing soy candles is an excellent way to support American farmers.
Per ounce the all natural soy candle will burn approximately 9 to 10 hours depending on the location of the candle. For example, an 8oz candle it will burn approx 70-80 hours, definitely a better value for your dollar. Soy burns cooler, longer, cleaner and has a greater scent throw (scent distance), up to 3 times further than paraffin candles, for the entire burn of the candle. Since there are no added chemicals, soy candles are non carcinogenic and no black soot residue is emitted. Hot soapy water is all you`ll need to clean the container and a spill.