Spice up your home with the glow of a natural soy candle

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Setting the proper mood at family gatherings and parties is part of experiencing this special time of year.  Hosting is an art, but even a novice can spice up their home with the glow of a natural soy candle.  The flicker of a candle adds instant ambiance, and with the right scent you can help guests relax and feel a bit more festive.  Scent helps the memory of your event live on long after the cookies are nothing but crumbs and batteries are dead in the high-tech toys.

Candles can seem deceptively simple, but all candles are not created equal.  If you are patronizing clean, healthy products this year there are things you should know before shopping.

Why a natural candle?

Many mass market candles are made from Paraffin wax.  Paraffin is the solid sludge cast off when crude oil is refined to make gasoline.  Like your car’s engine, a paraffin candle will give off a wide variety of toxic chemicals when burning.  Paraffin candles also give off soot – a black, oily substance that accumulates on your candle containers, walls, and even inside HVAC systems.  The EPA documented paraffin candles as a source of indoor pollution in a 2001 study.

Add synthetic fragrance oils, a source of sensitivity and allergy for many individuals, and you’ve got a hosting faux pas on your hands!  Guests should be charmed by your décor, not sent running for fresh air.

Luckily there are many options available in stores today that are chic, eco friendly, and non-allergenic.

Candles made from soy wax offer an affordable, green choice.  Other natural wax options include Palm Wax and Beeswax.  Palm wax farming may contribute to deforestation and loss of tropical habitat, so be sure to check the policies of any palm wax candles before purchasing.  Beeswax burns beautifully, but beeswax is generally more expensive than soy.  Soy offers a good price point, clean, efficient burn, and supports farmers inside the USA.  Soy wax candles are available in many sizes including votives, pillars, tealights, and container candles.

Scent shopping can be a fun experience, and the right scent will make your event lively!  Sniff around and see what makes you feel happy and energized, but also read carefully.  The label should specify that the candle is made from only natural essential oils distilled from plants.  Some companies make confusing marketing claims to mask the fact that they are blending synthetic and natural scents.   For example, the only fruits that contain distillable essential oils are citrus fruits.  If you see a guava, mango, blueberry, or apple scent it is from a laboratory, not a plant, and may cause irritation.  Natural essential oil scents like orange, cinnamon, clove, fir, and peppermint induce a happy state of mind perfect for a holiday soiree.  With such a bounty of all-natural essential oils to choose from there is no reason to have to fake it!

With these tips you are set to shop for healthy, clean, green candles.

This article was provided by our friends at Irie Star.

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