What is Paraffin, Soy, and Bee Wax?

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Full Circle burning bright..soy wax candle with orange chili pepper phthalate free fragrance.

Why care about what kind of candle you burn in your home? It seems more and more people are interested in not only the food they are buying and eating, but also in products, such as candles and detergents, for the home.

I walked away from heavy perfumes, parrafin candles with metal wicks, and detergents years ago and I tell you it makes a big difference now in my life. I used to walk around congested most of the time. I would wipe black soot off of my walls where candles had been burning as I bought cheaper candles while in my younger years. When I switched to soy and bee wax candles, I noticed a big difference in my home air quality.

Here is information I found out about some different waxes and where they come from and then let you decide what is best for your environment.

Paraffin – Paraffin wax actually started off as a plant based material, but after millions of years it is broken down and turns into crude oil. In order to protect themselves from adverse weather conditions plants produce a layer of wax on their leaves and stems. Material from dead plants 100-700 million years ago accumulated in large quantities and eventually became buried beneath the surface of the earth. After a long period of time, forces of heat and pressure turned the slowly decaying plant material into crude oil, otherwise known as petroleum. actually started off as a plant based material at first, but after many many years it is broken down and turns into crude oil. Petroleum companies “harvest” the crude oil and process it. They refine the oil, separating the different properties into Gasoline, Kerosene, Lubrication oil, and many other products. So when burning a Paraffin candle, you are burning processed crude oil. Add fragrance that has hydrocarbons (phthalates, which I will explain in another blog) combined with a metal wick and that is what is in your home atmosphere as you burn it. Some come to my craft table and say they can get a cheaper candle at dollar store or Walmart…I can’t change people’s minds but the reason it is cheap is petroleum is cheap and can pump out lots of wax from the crude oil. Other waxes that are sustainable cost a bit more, but are much better and healthier to burn.

Soy Wax – This wax is made from the oil of soybeans. Beans are harvested,  cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated. Leftover hulls are used in feed for animals. What I love is soy is completely renewable. While the global reserves of oil shrink and paraffin prices increase, the only limit to the soy supply is how much we choose to grow. It is known to be eco-friendly, renewable, American grown, sustainable, carbon neutral; the list goes on and on. I know there is the GMO questions about Soy but I also know candles are not to be ingested for food, but I am always on the search for non-GMO soy wax. I know where my wax is made and is renewable! I add my phthalate free fragrance, infuse when I can with essential oils, with natural wicks and there ya go!! A much healthier candle to burn in your environment! So far, I have seen no soot on my walls to wipe off.

Bee Wax – Bee Wax is one of the best waxes to burn but also the most expensive as harder to get in large quantities. Simply, it is produced by the honeybee for use in the manufacture of honeycombs. Beeswax is actually a refinement of honey. It is highly regarded to burn in the home and if unscented has a honey smell to it. It is a more challenging wax to work with at times, but pretty amazing. I like making small glass jar containers of Bee Wax candles and am learning to carry more to my craft fairs. Also using in my new lip balms! It is a fascinating wax to work with and I look forward to learning more.

So there you have it. This is why I started Full Circle Candles. It was to make a healthier candle for my own home, surprisinly  turning into a great business adventure. Shop wise for your home in detergents, candles, etc. It makes a big difference in your breathing and energy of home for your family.

Peace

Debbie Blinder, Owner

Full Circle Candles

www.fullcirclecandles.com

Believing in Ideas – The Story of an Accidental Candle Company – Sunny Day is born!

 

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Full Circle Candles was not meant to be a business. I was new to Tennessee and my joy for living here was over the top. I had traveled to the Tennessee/Georgia area for many years. Camping, Hiking, White Water Rafting, and longing for more and more visits. I never thought I would have moved here. However, I was surprised when a door shut in Florida and the door that opened started with the words “how about just moving to TN”. After garage sales and saying goodbye to amazing friends I closed the chapter of Florida, got in that Uhaul, and crossed the border into TN not as a visitor, but as a resident. Although challenging in many ways, it was and still is the best decision I made in life.

New to living here I began discovering even more joys. Farmer Markets and local crafts. It was, and still is, a deep belief to support local, buy local, eat local food. Local. Local. Local. My gifts for family and friends were becoming mostly local and my cooking moved from microwaves to learning and growing with homemade, wonderful foods using seasonal goodies from farmers markets. I taught myself bread making even to the point of creating homemade bagels!! I knew I was living in the right place for my soul.

While all this is happening I realized that my health wasn’t the best while burning candles. At this time I did not know much about soy and I was still using candles from stores that contained paraffin wax such as Glade or even the famous Yankee Candles. I always felt stuffed up, sneezing, coughing but I loved having illuminating light all around. So one morning (literally) I woke up and felt the urge to learn how to make a candle. My research began. I learned of how damaging parrafin candles with lead wick candles can be for the environment and I was supporting petroleum companies which went against my environmentalism beliefs at heart. I began learning of soy waxes and bees wax and essential oils and or high grade fragrances infused with essential oils. All I researched could be made petroleum free. So I decided to make a batch of candles and one of my favorite smells is lemon. So, four years ago in my little kitchen, I created a Lemon Verbena candle, made out of 100% soy and with an eco based wick. It turned out beautiful and I couldn’t believe I learned to make my own candle! Now I had my own candles to burn and I also shared them with new folks I was meeting. What happened next was shocking. People were delighted how it burned and the aroma it gave off, so they wanted more. I realized I had stumbled into my very own crafting home business. It all matched what I believed in. First of all I was in an overflowing supportive crafting community. Second, making the candles brought me joy, Third, it was better for the environment all around and finally I do believe in the entrepreneurial spirit. It was a win win!

So I named the lemon verbena candle, which is still one of the most popular sellers today. The Sunny Day Candle was born. I also had to give life to my new candle company. I kept seeing circles and realized that many times in life we come Full Circle, don’t we? My love for TN/GA, the mountains, camping, hiking, rivers, waterfalls, creeks, local critter I could only enjoy on short camping visits and now here I was. Living in the dream, calling it home. Full Circle was perfect and Sunny Day led the way.

If you are a work at home parent and have deep desires I say keep on following your dreams. Keep creating. Believe in your business ventures. You never know where you will wind up and how you too will come around Full Circle…Peace to you!!