how candles differ

how candles differ

Unfortunately, most of the candles people are buying in stores contain unhealthy toxins that affect our health and environment. That's why we are making clean-burning, soy candles.

When searching for the perfect candle, there are a few things you should be thinking about: the type of wax used, the type of material the wick is made of, and the fragrance being burned. 

 

Wax

Three of the most common candle bases that you’ve probably seen are paraffin, beeswax, and soy.

Paraffin wax — a very inexpensive wax — is most widely used across candle brands because it can hold a high amount of fragrance and colour. It also comes in various melt points, making it suitable for making many different types of candles, from containers to pillars. That said, it's not considered the most eco-friendly type of candle wax, since it's made from a byproduct of the oil industry, she explains. Another downside: If not properly cared for, a paraffin wax candle will create soot.

Beeswax is one of the oldest forms of candle wax and is an eco-friendly option, since it's derived from bees during the honey-making process. Because of this, beeswax has a very subtle naturally sweet aroma and helps purify the air. Beeswax is also a harder, more solid wax that's often used in blends for container candles or to make unscented pillars.

Soy wax  —which is used in our candles — is made simply from soybeans: a fully renewable source. Since soybeans are a vegetable, soy wax is naturally biodegradable, which means that it can be defined as being “clean-burning”. It has zero toxins, carcinogens or pollutants mean that soy candles are less likely to trigger allergies. Soy wax is much healthier for us and the environment. This planet-friendly substance doesn't emit any nasties into our atmosphere. 

Wick 

Candles can come with either a wood wick or a cotton wick.

Cotton wicks -  can contain traces of metal, such as lead, and this is because the lead that it is laced with makes them stand up straighter, therefore causing the candle to burn better. The problem with the cotton wicks is that the lead then vaporizes into the air where it can be inhaled. 

On the other hand, wooden wicks do not leave traces of metal and are sustainably farmed and sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified mills. FSC is an independent, non-profit organization that protects forests for future generations. Because FSC is the gold standard in forest certification, it is the only system supported by groups such as WWF, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Natural Resources Defence Council and National Wildlife Federation. In addition to being eco-friendly, wooden wicks achieve a fast melt pool for excellent hot throw and have no debris or soot. Aside from being good for the environment, wooden wicks have pleasant crackling noise, which adds coziness for a candle.

 

Fragrance 

Cheaper, mass-produced candles often use synthetic fragrances that contain harmful chemicals such as phthalates, since they give off a strong smell. Phthalates are chemicals used to soften PVC plastic and as solvents in cosmetics and other consumer products, and can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system, if consumed in large amounts. In fact, both the U.S. and Europe have imposed laws against Phthalates in children’s toys, but there are no rules against Phthalates in candles. Here at Ossa, we use only phthalate-free fragrances combined with essential oils for the safest burn possible. 


We hope our research has provided you with some insight on how to choose your next candle! We believe that soy candles are better for your health (and wallet) as they don’t release harmful toxins and have the added benefit of a longer burn time.

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