There are a lot of myths and misconceptions regarding candles that are frequently circulated on the internet but are just false. With this in mind, today, we have compiled a list of myths about candles to refute any statements you may have read online and inform you about the facts regarding candles.
After debunking all the false information, when you buy one of these aromatic and luxurious candles for your house, you'll be prepared with information and facts. Here is the rundown of the most common myths about scented candles.
10 Common Myths About Candle: Debunked
Although burning a candle does not need any skills or talents, due to some false facts and information, people now think way too much about getting new candles. So here we have busted the list of the 10 most common myths that will help you make an informed purchase.
Myth #1: Unscented Candles Are Safer Than Scented Candles
Scented candles provide no danger to one's health. However, before purchasing scented candles, make sure to verify all of the information. It was also claimed that none of the candles evaluated released toxins in concentrations close to what would be required to injure a human.
In order to make candles safe for your health, avoid candles with lead wicks as they cause sooting, and always choose candles with cotton wicks.
Myth #2: Soy Candles Produce Less Soot Than Paraffin & Beeswax Candles
This is partly correct; soy candles are created from natural soy wax. As a result, when you burn them, it's as if you're burning natural oil. As a result, soy candles burn cleaner, make less soot, and leave no black traces on your walls or ceilings.
Although the trending fact that soy wax flakes are sootless is the greatest myth of all time. Since there isn't such a thing as a soot-free candle.
Myth #3: Soy Candles Last Longer Than Paraffin & Beeswax Candles
Soy wax burns slower than paraffin wax, which explains why it has a longer burn period. Compared to a paraffin wax candle, a soy candle will burn twice as long. So, if you want long-lasting candles, invest in some high-quality soy candles.
In order to make your candles burn longer, there are certain techniques you can follow, like trimming the wick to the appropriate size or using cotton wicks.
Myth #4: Soy Candles Have a Poor Scent Throw
Because soy candles are natural and have a lower melting point, the wax melt pool forms easily, and the aroma may be detected within a few minutes of burning a scented soy candle.
In addition, soy wax mixes well with fragrance oils and retains more fragrance oil than other waxes. However, not all fragrance oil combinations work well with soy wax; in some situations, paraffin wax comes out on top.
Myth #5: Blended Wax is Not Good For Candles
Blended candle wax is not a suitable choice for creating effective and safe candles since it emits a lot of soot and the flame of these wax candles tends to flicker a lot owing to inefficient combustion.
But still, if you wish to experiment with combining candle wax, combine soy wax and beeswax without adding any extra colors for safer burning.
Myth #6: Melted Wax Cannot Burn Your Skin
While soy wax melts at a lower temperature (just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) than other waxes used in candlemaking, it can reach temperatures in excess of 200 degrees Fahrenheit, which may burn your skin.
In order to be careful while making candles, one must be cautious while handling melted wax in order to avoid the burning of the skin.
Myth #7: Candle Soot Can Be Harmful To Human Health
The little quantity of soot created by a candle is a natural result of incomplete combustion and is not considered hazardous to one's health. This is comparable to the soot produced by kitchen toasters and cooking oils, but it differs chemically from the soot produced by the combustion of diesel fuel, coal, or gasoline.
While you shouldn't be concerned about candle soot, you can do a few things to decrease it, such as trimming the wick to 1/4 inches before each use to encourage an appropriate flame level.
Myth #8: Some Candles Contain Lead Wicks
Lead-based products were banned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1978. Lead wicks have been formally prohibited since 2003, according to the National Candle Association.
So don't be concerned; the metal in wicks is simply zinc, and it's entirely safe. But still, if you want to take precautionary measures, be cautious while burning the candle claiming to have lead.
Myth #9: Freezing Your Candle Will Make It Burn Longer
This appears to be a rather common myth. We're not sure what motivated this theory, but so that you know, moisture and wax are each other’s enemy and do not mix well.
Furthermore, freezing the candle would most likely cause the wax to fracture, giving you a subpar experience. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid this myth.
Myth #10: Essential Oils Are Safer Because They Are Natural
Although essential oils are natural, they are not necessarily safer. Essential oils have a high concentration of active ingredients. This, in and of itself, can be hazardous to one's health if not handled correctly.
In addition, many of them are not skin safe unless they are diluted. For the greatest results, always carefully follow the directions.
We hope we were able to dispel some of the myths around candles. Unfortunately, it is not always simple to tell the difference between fact and fiction on the internet.
Now that you know the truth about scented candles, why not explore VedaOils selection of candle-making materials and fill your house with a variety of lovely scents?