Starlite Soap Studio has been delivering fun and interactive Soy Candle Workshops to many hundreds of satisfied customers for the past five years. Recently, we have also begun offering Beeswax Candle Workshops! Some customers have asked if we are planning to offer a Paraffin candle workshop, and the answer is "no." Let us explain!
Candles have been used for centuries to create ambiance, set a mood, and add a touch of warmth to our living spaces. However, not all candles are created equal. While paraffin candles may seem like an affordable and convenient choice, they come with hidden dangers that can impact both our health and the environment. Let's explore the risks associated with paraffin candles and why opting for healthier alternatives is a wise decision.
What is Paraffin Wax?
Paraffin wax is a petroleum byproduct that is commonly used in candle manufacturing. It's a popular choice among candle makers due to its low cost, ease of use, and ability to hold fragrance and colour. Paraffin wax candles are widely available and often marketed as long-lasting and affordable options.
The Hidden Dangers:
Toxic Emissions: When paraffin candles are burned, they release toxic chemicals into the air. These emissions include benzene and toluene, which are known carcinogens. Prolonged exposure to these chemicals can have detrimental effects on our respiratory system, triggering allergies, asthma attacks, and even contributing to the development of respiratory disorders.
Indoor Air Pollution: The soot produced by paraffin candles can contribute to indoor air pollution. The microscopic particles released during combustion can irritate the lungs and worsen existing respiratory conditions. Additionally, the soot can settle on surfaces and walls, leading to poor air quality within our homes.
Environmental Impact: The production and disposal of paraffin candles have a significant environmental impact. The extraction and refining of petroleum contribute to air and water pollution, while the burning of paraffin releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, contributing to climate change. Additionally, the packaging used for paraffin candles often involves plastic and non-recyclable materials, further adding to the waste stream.
Choosing Healthier Alternatives:
Beeswax Candles: Beeswax candles are an excellent alternative to paraffin candles. They are all-natural and emit a subtle, natural honey scent when burned. Beeswax candles burn cleaner and produce negligible soot and toxins. They are also known to emit negative ions, which can help purify the air and reduce indoor pollutants.
Soy Candles: Made from soybean oil, soy candles are another safe option. They are biodegradable, renewable, and have a longer burning time compared to paraffin candles. Soy candles also produce minimal soot and are often scented with phthalate-free fragrance oils for a natural scent.
Choosing the right candles for your home goes beyond aesthetics. By avoiding paraffin candles and opting for healthier alternatives like beeswax or soy candles, you can create a safer and more enjoyable environment. Not only will you minimize exposure to harmful toxins and reduce the risk of respiratory issues, but you'll also contribute to a greener and more sustainable planet. So, next time you light a candle, we hope you will make a conscious choice for your health and the well-being of the environment.
If you would like to learn how to make your own beeswax or soy candles, please sign up for one of our fun workshops - always a good time, and you get to take home a great haul of products!