Walk into any specialty or gift shop, department or home décor store, or mass merchandiser, and you’re very likely to find a display of scented candles in all shapes and sizes, from tapers and votives to floating candles and birthday candles. In the U.S alone, retail sales of candle products are estimated at approximately $3.14 billion annually (Source: Mintel, 2013). That’s a lot of candles!
At The Tare Shop, we offer a variety of soy based candles, keeping the environment in our mind. Our Circle and Wick soy wax candles are all hand-poured in Halifax, NS, made of 100% soy wax, and do not require any animal products in their production or use.
Let’s Start With The Basics: What Are Soy Candles?
Made from soybeans, soy candle making kits are a natural, renewal, and biodegradable alternative to petroleum-based paraffin candles. Unlike traditional paraffin candles, which produce unsightly black soot and emit pollution when burned, soy wax candles burn clean and for longer with a non-toxic residue. In addition to being more environmentally friendly and burning longer than a paraffin wax candle, the production of a soy candle making kit helps provide valuable economic support to soy farmers worldwide.
Basic Question 2: Are Soy Candles Safe?
Are soy candles safe? We often get asked this in-store, and the answer is always yes. When you burn a soy candle, there are no toxins or carcinogens released into the air. Because soy candle making kits burn at a cooler temperature, there is also less likelihood of being scalded if the wax spills or someone (like a small child) touches the candle. Plus, unlike straight-chain hydrocarbon-based paraffin, which combusts to produce dark soot that can lead to respiratory problems, soy candle making kits always burn clear. Any residue created is always non-toxic and easy to clean with a simple warm, soapy water solution, unlike the soot from paraffin candles that can permanently stain curtains and walls.
Using Soy Wax For Candle Making: The Best Thing To Happen To All Candle Enthusiasts and their Health
Paraffin candles use toxic additives and chemicals to make the candles look, smell, and burn better. For example, microcrystalline, an additive derived from petroleum, improves the texture of wax and polyethylenes produced from natural gas add a glossy finish. The burning of paraffin candles releases a whole host of undesirable toxic chemicals into the air: alkanes, alkenes, and toluene. Inhaling these compounds over an extended period can increase your risk of developing chronic conditions such as common allergies, asthma and even certain types of cancer.
Soy candles not only fill your home with soft natural light, but they also help protect your family’s health by not detracting from the air quality of your home as there are no harmful additives or chemicals used in their production.
This Sustainable Store has All the Wood Wick Soy Candles You Need
At The Tare Shop, we love soy candles, including our line of Circle and Wick wood wick soy candles. Available in various fragrances, each hand-poured signature soy candle is 100% vegan and features a wood wick. Wood wick soy candles are more sustainable than cotton wick ones and burn more evenly and cleaner. Cotton wicks are also sometimes laced with metals like zinc or dipped in paraffin to make them easier to light. Wood wick soy candles are also very aesthetically pleasing to watch, and relaxing because they pop and crackle like a fireplace.
And The Signature Soy Candles To keep you, your family and your home safe
Our selection of biodegradable and all-natural clean-burning signature soy candles include:
- Mini Original Candles - Circle and Wick: Lavender & Sage, Morning Light, Fireside, and Forest
- Fall Candles - Circle & Wick: Milk & Honey (Single & Double Wick), Harvest (Single & Double Wick), Gather (Single & Double Wick), Mini Gather, Mini Milk & Honey, Mini Harvest
- Summer Candles - Circle & Wick: Peaches (4 oz Gold Tin, 16 oz Double Wick), Lemongrass (4 oz Gold Tin, 16 oz Double Wick), Pina Colada (4 oz Gold Tin, 16 oz Double Wick), Watermelon (4 oz Gold Tin, 16 oz Double Wick)
- Original Double-Wick Candles - Circle & Wick: Morning Light, Fireside, Lavender & Sage, Forest, Honey & Tobacco
Original Candles - Circle and Wick: Morning Light, Fireside, Lavender & Sage, Forest, Honey & Tobacco
Our friendly sales associates are always happy to answer any questions you may have about our soy candle making kits or any of our other products.
Want to try your hand at making your own soy wax candle? Click HERE for a list of essential and optional supplies and step-by-step instructions.