Soy Wax and Container Candles

This is a story that goes a little further into detail about safety & your family's health, and why we use Soy Wax and only make Container Candles...

Lone Star Candles & More's goals as a Candle Company are based on making candles and wax melts that make your house smell amazing while keeping you and your family's safety and health in mind.

These goals came about, out of my love for candles and wax melts and the enjoyment I get from the way my house always has such a great aroma. And also because of my desire to be environmentally conscious and produce candles that are as safe as possible for your family and mine.

I'll tell you about the environmental and health aspects of the candles we produce in a few minutes but first I want to talk about the main safety issue.

The Risk of Fire

As much as I love candles, a candle is still an open flame. I didn't burn a candle for almost 12 years after my aunt's house burned down in 2006 from a candle fire. Thankfully no one was harmed, but losing everything you own is still a very traumatic event.

You can read more about how this event shaped my thinking when deciding to form this company, on the About Us page.

This accident was on the extreme end of what may occur if a candle causes a fire, but even the smallest fire could potentially be deadly so please heed the warnings and be careful when lighting and burning your candles.

While the risk of fire can be minimized, or eliminated completely, by paying attention when lighting and burning your candles, and following all of the safety precautions, it is still the greatest of the safety issues, and the one issue that can have immediately bad results.

NO Paraffin Wax

Paraffin bridges both safety and health, so much so that NIOSH, the United States National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health set a recommended exposure limit for paraffin wax fume exposure to two milligrams per cubic meter over an eight hour workday.

Now, I'm not a scientist and I have no way of measuring fume exposure, and I'm not really sure how many candles you would have to burn at a time to get to that exposure limit, but even the fact that an exposure limit has been set for workplace safety and health is enough for me to say… NO Paraffin Wax

Every wax product produced by Lone Star Candles & More is made from Eco-friendly soy wax.

The following few lines are summaries derived from Wikipedia, about the production of paraffin wax. You can read the entire wiki at 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraffin_wax if you want to learn more.

I've read a lot of articles that say that paraffin wax is a byproduct of making gasoline, but more accurately, and from a source I'm more likely to trust, it is a byproduct from the refining of lubricating oil. One of the steps involved in manufacturing paraffin wax involves heating it and mixing it with one or more solvents such as ketone, acetone being the smallest ketone.

Since I've already told you that I'm not a scientist I won't play one here, I won't try to define the chemistry behind paraffin wax, or try to convince you that it's absolutely bad for your health, but it does concern me that it's derived from petroleum.

Don't get me wrong I'm not against petroleum itself. It's extremely useful in making sure my car runs properly, and in terms of gasoline, runs at all. But you may have noticed when filling your car at the gas station, that the warnings say the inhalation of gasoline fumes can be hazardous to your health, so I don't think that I want something burning in my house that may have the same hazardous affect.

100% Eco-Friendly Soy Wax

In a nutshell, well actually in a bean shell, no pun intended, Soy wax is Eco-friendly, completely renewable, carbon neutral, & clean-burning, a sustainable resource, produced from soybeans that are grown by farmers primarily in the US.

While nothing that burns or produces a flame is going to be 100 percent soot free, the differences between soy wax and paraffin wax are night and day.

Soybean Harvest

Soybean Harvest

Whereas candles made from soy wax are clean-burning, as close to soot free as possible, and with none of the toxins you find present with paraffin based candles...

When a paraffin candle is burned it emits toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene and as many as 20 other potentially toxic compounds and emissions that contribute to indoor air pollution.

When a paraffin candle is burning, the soot created is a vaporized oily solution that clings to every surface, your walls your drapes and curtains, and even gets into the duct work for your heating and air-conditioning… A problem you don't have with Soy Wax Candles.

Because paraffin wax is petroleum-based it's not water-soluble. Have you ever spilled a little wax on your clothes and tried to get it off? Good luck. Soy wax on the other hand is water-soluble and can be cleaned up with soap and water.

While there is a small percentage of the population that is allergic to soy, soy wax is still less likely to create allergies than paraffin based candles.

Besides the benefits to the environment and to your health…

Soy Wax

  • Creates a fragrance throw comparable to paraffin
  • Allows for vibrant colors
  • Increases Burn Times by half again or more over a same sized paraffin candle

We've gotten 40 to 45 hours burn time from a 6.5 ounce hex jar that holds 5 oz of Soy Wax

Container Based Candles & Paper Wicks

The other aspect of your safety and well-being comes into play with regards to container candles as opposed to freestanding or candle holder type candles.

When my aunt's house burned down in 2006 from a candle fire, the candle was the type commonly referred to as a pillar candle that sits on a small plate or candle holder.

At Lone Star Candles & More we only make container candles. We use glass jars and Candle Tins, and the wicks that we use are braided cotton with woven paper threads.

All of the wicks that we use are lead and zinc free. We are not sure what types of wicks that companies who make paraffin candles use, we just know that the ones that we use are the best for your health.

In summary

While We Hope that you check out our products In Our Store and purchase your candles and melts from us, we understand that you may choose to buy your candle and melt products from other companies.

But whether you buy from us or another company please make sure that you're buying Soy Wax Candles & Melts.

Kim

Owner, Lone Star Candles & More

Friday, February 01, 2019 by Kim Greene      Updated: Thursday, March 07, 2019