6 Beliefs About Scented Candles & the Hidden Truth Behind Them

Candle Care Decor Non-Toxic Scented Candles

How's the saying go? You can't believe everything you read? The internet is filled with false information and statements on just about any topic you search up but how do you know what's accurate and what's not? While we don't have all the answers about all the things, one topic we do know a thing or two about is scented candles. 

We took a little trip down the halls of the internet to learn what consumers actually think about scented candles and what perceived issues they face. We were quite surprised to see so much inaccurate content around scented candles; some of information was totally vague and some was only partially right. To separate fact from fiction, we've taken the guess work out of scented candles and 6 beliefs surrounding them, so the next time you want to purchase a candle, you'll be ready!

 Belief #1: Soy Candles Produce Less Soot Than Paraffin Candles.

This is absolutely TRUE. Soy candles are made from natural soy wax so when you burn them it’s like you’re burning natural oil. Soy candles give you a cleaner burn, and as long as you are trimming your wicks properly and following proper candle safety guidelines, they will not produce soot, which will prevent any black marks on your walls or ceilings.

 Belief #2: Scented Soy Candles Last Longer Than Paraffin Candles

Right again! This is TRUE. Soy wax has a lower melting temperature which means it burns slower compared to paraffin wax (you know that petroleum based wax *ick*) this is why soy candles have a longer burn time. A soy candle will burn twice as long compared to candles made with paraffin wax. So, if you’re looking for candles that are long lasting then invest in some quality soy candles.

Belief #3: Unscented Candles Are Safer Than Scented Candles

This is FALSE. There are no health hazard associated directly with scented candles. But as with many products, if you have certain allergies or other health conditions, be sure to check all the details before buying any scented candles. You'll also want to avoid candles with lead wicks as they lead to sooting and opt for candles with cotton wicks.

Belief #4: Natural Wax Candles Will Cost More than Paraffin Candles

This is TRUE. Rightfully so too. Natural waxes come from natural products, meaning they are not a by-product of something else. Therefore, they are of higher quality, which can mean a higher price tag. But don't let that deter you from purchasing all-natural! Better quality ingredients mean a cleaner, healthier candle-burning experience. You can feel good about doing your part for the environment and how great your home smells!

Belief #5: Soy Candles Have a Poor Scent Throw

Can we say it loud for the people in the back? This is FALSE. Since soy wax has a lower melting temperature, the fragrance gets released slowly into the air. But that doesn't equate to poor scent throw - this simply means that the fragrance will linger into the air around your home, and last much longer. We like to explain it like when you walk into a home, and it smells great, but you can't quite tell where the scent is coming from - it's probably coming from a soy candle. 

Belief #6: Pure Essential Oils are Better to Scent a Candle with than Fragrance Oil

This is FALSE. And its a statement we're actually pretty passionate about. A little background, fragrance oils are formulated from many aromatic ingredients derived from nature and created by scientific methods. They are specifically formulated for use in bath & body products, including candles. Essential oils on the other hand are distilled down from the oil of the plant from which they were extracted. Although essential oils are natural and may provide therapeutic benefits, there are several drawbacks to using pure essential oils in candles, but just to name a few: 

  1. Many essential oils lose their therapeutic benefits when they are burned in a candle.
  2. While essential oils may provide a good cold throw (the scent a candle has prior to lighting it), they provide very little scent when you burn them in a candle. It takes a lot more essential oil to try and achieve the same strength of scent as a fragrance oil.
  3. Some essential oils can be toxic to pets, whether taken internally, applied to the skin or simply inhaled.

One of the biggest drawbacks of using pure essential oils in scented candles is that the oil can become very toxic when met with a flame. For this reason, Simply Vela works directly with several reputable fragrance houses to source only the highest quality fragrance oils that are phthalate free, paraben free, vegan, gluten free, cruelty free and IFRA compliant.

If you are looking for clean-burning, non-toxic home fragrance, experience Simply Vela today!

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