Candles have always been an important part of people’s lives. Originally used to provide light before the invention of the electric light bulb, now candles are generally used to improve the fragrance of a room or house. It then follows, that today, people are after an environmentally friendly scented candle that allows for an excellent scent throw, without the harmful contaminants that can be present in some commercially available scented candles.
Enter the soy candle, one of the cleanest burning scented candles. In comparison to other types of scented candles, for example candles based on paraffin wax, soy candles have a number of obvious advantages. Firstly, soy comes from beans (that’s right beans!) and so are 100% environmentally friendly and burn without producing any soot. Paraffin candles, on the other hand, can emit harmful toxic chemicals, like benzene which is obviously not what you want scenting your home. Secondly, because of the chemical makeup of soy, these scented candles burn for much longer than paraffin based candles, yielding a better return per unit scent (yes I made that scientific metric up). Finally, studies show that soy candles burn at lower temperatures, which helps to distribute the fragrance.
Another practical advantage of the soy candle is that if a spill occurs (fingers crossed that doesn’t happen) it is not a national disaster, since hot soapy water is enough to clean up the spill. Unlike most other scented candle types, i.e. paraffin, where the clean up can be quite arduous (those who have tried know what I mean).
For the morally inclined there are ethical reasons to choose soy candles over paraffin scented candles. Paraffin manufactures are almost always large multi-national conglomerates whose business practices often involve exploitation of workers in third world countries. On the other hand soy is a vegetable that can be easily farmed and its production can be traced back to domestic farming which if done correctly is good for Mother Earth.
So to conclude, there are a number of advantages to making soy candles your scented candle of choice. They are clean, soot free, burn for longer, release no harmful toxins, provide a wide scent throw and are environmentally friendly. Mood Alchemy, strives to produce a quality scented soy candle that not only looks good but aims to affect your mood. Note Mood Alchemy also produces Mood Reed Diffusers - if you are not familiar with reed diffusers, they are excellent for fragrancing a room without the need for burning a scented candle.