When I began creating candles I spent weeks and weeks doing research to make sure I not only provided my customer's with the best scents and quality, but also the most natural option. I often emphasize that EKKO candles are made of hand-poured soy wax, but lots of people don't even know what this means or why it's so important! This week I want to share why I use soy wax for my candles and how this benefits YOU as the consumer.
For starters, soy wax is natural. So does this mean there is such a thing as un-natural candles? Sure does. Soy wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that is heated up, hand-poured into the EKKO Candle Co. containers, and then solidifies at room temperature. The alternative to soy wax is paraffin wax, which is loaded with artificials and never used in EKKO candles. If you've read any previous EKKO Diaries before you know that I grew up in a rural area where a lot of our dinners were made from vegetables grown in our garden, and I truly feel like those early influences are what lead me to wanting to provide the most natural candles for my customers.
Have you ever burned a candle and instead of beautifully melting to the edges of the container, it tunnels and produces black smoke? There's none of that with EKKO Candles! The paraffin wax in other candles contains petroleum which causes the black soot. Soy wax delivers a clean, fine burn that will allow you to enjoy the beauty of the vegetable oil-based wax melting.
I touched on the fact that soy wax is better for your health, but it is also healthier for the environment! When petroleum-based candles are burned they release toxins into the air...yuck! Soy wax, on the other hand, is derived from a soy bean, meaning it is all natural and zero toxins are released in the process. It's a win-win for you and the environment!
If you ever have any ingredient or soy wax questions feel free to reach out and contact me.
Love and light-