Candles have been a central part of life for thousands of years.  Seen burning in churches, homes and shops, candles are enjoyed the world over.  For some people candles evoke memories of holidays past and time spent with family.  Others find solace and relaxation in the glow and scent of a candle. Long after electricity brought light to the darkness of night, candles remain popular.  During the holiday season, it seems that candles are everywhere. Television ads for everything from jewelry to perfume are filmed with a backdrop of burning candles.
 
Over the centuries candles have changed a great deal as technological improvements provided new materials and manufacturing techniques.  Once upon a time, a standard wax candle was made from beeswax.  Centuries ago, candles burning in churches and homes deposited black soot on ceilings and walls.  When the Sistine chapel ceiling was cleaned a number of years ago, most of the dirt was reported to have been a thick coating of black soot.  The smoke from centuries of burning candles had covered up Michelangelo’s beautiful paintings.
 
Over the years, candle makers have searched for new methods and materials that would allow cleaner burning candles.  Beeswax has had to make room for whale oil, tallow and paraffin wax among many others.  Recently however, a new candlemaking breakthrough was unveiled.  Soy wax candles are now considered the next big thing in candlemaking technology.
 
According to the National Candle Association, all candles are made from some type of hydrocarbon and all produce some sort of soot. Among all the different types of candles, a soy wax candle is among the cleanest. Visibly identical to any other wax candle, soy wax candles can be molded, shaped and colored like any other material.  When burning, a soy wax candle emits much less smoke than a typical paraffin wax candle.
 
Soy wax candles are made from hydrogenated soybean oil.  Developed less than twenty years ago, soy wax is the latest breakthrough in modern candlemaking.  Soy wax candles have been tested and shown to be cleaner burning than typical paraffin wax candles.  Soy wax candles hold fragrance very well. Finally, Soy wax candles burn slower than paraffin or beeswax candles. This increases the value of the candle.
 
People with respiratory health problems sometimes complain that it is difficult to be around paraffin and other standard wax candles. The soot produced by a standard paraffin candle can sometimes make breathing difficult.  However, soy wax candles burn cleaner and many people sensitive to candle soot have reported that soy wax candles do not bother them.
 
All soy candles are not alike.  Soy wax can be used as the sole ingredient, or can be blended with paraffin or beeswax.  Be sure to check how much soy is used in any soy wax candle you purchase.  The higher the soy wax content, the cleaner and longer lasting the candle.
 
As if all these benefits were not enough, soy wax costs less to produce than other types of candle wax.   Since it is made from a renewable source, it also supports soybean farmers. The soybean is one of nature’s miracles producing food, oil, fuel and now candles. Soy wax candles have become the new standard for cleaner burning and long lasting candles.

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