All American Soy Candles are handmade with eco-friendly, non-toxic, all natural soy wax from soybeans sourced from American farmers. Our natural wicks are 100% cotton and paper core, lead-free and zinc-free, and burn without smoking. Our signature, custom scent blends are hand-mixed from fragrance oils that are infused with natural essential oils, sourced from the highest quality fragrance manufacturers in America.
Healthy, Clean & Soot Free Candles
All American Soy Candles burn clean with zero petro-carbon soot. When burning other brands of candles, you may have noticed how black candle jars can get. You may also have noticed the black smoke coming off of the candle wicks.
all that black soot?
Soot is the solid particle that results from incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels, primarily petroleum-based fuels. This is called petro-carbon soot which is not found in soy wax. Soy wax is completely petro-carbon soot free.
What does the EPA say about petro-carbon soot?
The E.P.A reports that paraffin wax is refined gasoline, a by-product of petroleum. Shockingly, paraffin is harmful when burned, emitting 11 toxins, 2 above the excess cancer risk!
So what causes black soot in soy candles, if soy wax is petro soot free?
Soy wax burns petro-carbon soot free. But there are other factors that contribute to black soot deposits in candles.
Synthetic additives can add to the toxicity of candles
Synthetic scents, and other additives that a lot of other candle manufacturers use, result in candles that generate a lot of soot. Things like UV Inhibitors, color dyes, chemicals to make candles look creamier, more rigid, ect. The list goes on and on. All these chemicals add to the toxicity and the soot production of candles. Independent tests have demonstrated that some candles generate 100 times the quantity of soot then is produced by other types of candles.
All American Soy Candles do not add any additional additives to our Soy Candles. Our soy wax is completely petro-carbon soot free and our Soy Candles are as natural as can be.
In correctly sized wicks
Thickness and length of the wick -The wick conveys the melted wax to the flame. Thicker or longer wicks burn more fuel. Manufacturers should match the wick diameter to the candle size and composition, but sometimes manufacturers have not matched the proper sized wick with their candle. This can lead to soot production as well as limit the amount of fragrance that is pulled into the air.
Keep in mind the only completely soot free candle flame is a natural gas flame. This flame is completely blue in nature and is called a complete combustion.Can we get a candle flame to combust completely? Almost, candle flames, wood burning fire places, all have incomplete combustion which produce soot, but the good news is it is not the toxic black petro carbon soot that you find in petroleum based candles.
You have direct control over these factors: How well you follow these will determine the amount of soot that is produced.
- Properly trimmed wicks - Keep wicks trimmed short. A wick length over 1/4 inch will tend to convey excessive fuel and produce more soot. Use a candle trimmer for this.
- Air turbulence- A flickering flame emits more soot. Candles near doorways or traffic areas are subject to drafts and turbulence, producing more soot.
- Burning Your Candle For Too Long- Our candles should be burned for 3-4 hours at a time.