Aromatherapy candles are more and more
popular, made even by healthy candle makers. But
aromatherapy candles are pure nonsense. It's a good idea but misapplied and potentially with ill
usually made of paraffin & toxic synthetic oils
burning of oils, even good oils, creates poisonous
oils have no
aromatherapy benefit when burned
Aromatherapy, the use of fragrance for therapeutic
effect, is a wonderful and healing art. But the candle
industry has co-opted the concept and created
“aromatherapy” candles that are bogus.
good quality natural essential oils are used (which is
rarely the case), then they would yield aromatherapy
effect when left unburned. But as soon as you burn the
candle, the oils are chemically converted in combustion into
unhealthy byproducts that have no relation to
aromatherapy and may make us ill.
Normally, synthetic oils are used for the fragrance, and
these are toxic even when unburned.
achieve aromatherapy benefit, natural essential oils may
be put on one's body or put in an evaporative diffuser.
aromatherapy, and all fragrances for your person and
space, it is highly recommended to keep to natural essential oils,
and consult with a professional who will direct you in
the use of these powerful healing remedies.
Natural essential oils are widely available. In
Santa Fe, local sources include
Aromaland and many retailers.
solid pillars burn better because "ultra thin
layers of air" increase oxygen supply.
There are some good rolled solid
pillars out there being made by a good company but
falsely advertised with the ridiculous assertion
that poured (cast) solid pillars "almost always
have difficulty burning because the particulates
in raw, unfiltered beeswax clog the wick,
resulting in a weak flame and tunneling" and that
rolled solid pillars "have none of these problems
because of ultra thin layers of air between" the
"solid beeswax sheets which lend more oxygen to
the burn equation, thus creating a perfect burn."
(For anyone who studied chemistry we know that
this statement is logically flawed.)
First to the stink of the hooey,
the charge: It is true that poor candle design,
very dirty wax and/or improper burning will result
in the problems claimed. But any candle
company worth knowing uses the correct wicks for
diameter and wax variations, and wax sufficiently
clean to burn properly. This is not an easy
thing when working in beeswax, but exactly the
same problem is faced with rolled solid pillars -
or any candle.
Second, to the daft: on lighting
a candle a pool of molten wax begins to extend
from the wick outwards, reaching the edge after a
time. This wax forever covers (and fills)
the gaps between the sheets in a rolled pillar,
ergo, no air supply. Besides, why would the
flame trouble to suck air all the way from the
bottom of the candle (through the surface it's
sitting on???) when there's ready and ample supply
all around. How not smart do you think we
Finally, rolled solid pillars
("the poor cousin"): can't get the wick in the
very center (where it belongs); are vulnerable to
dripping in the spot where the sheet ends at the
outside edge; and generally don't have a burn
control tab at the base so the last 1/2-inch of
wax is lost. Given all this, we wonder why
our solid cast pillar line also costs about 25%
putting candles in the freezer before burning
makes them burn slower and last longer.
Well, true and not true. Yes,
if you lower the temperature of the candle wax
then the flame has to raise the temperature
further to achieve evaporation and combustion.
However, a candle flame burns at about 1800 K
(3760 Fahrenheit). So the difference between the
"frozen" candle and the room temperature candle
(about 40 F) as
compared to the difference between either and the burning temperature
(about 3720 F) is negligible and certainly not worth
the trip to the kitchen.
To me, "food grade" sounds like something to eat.
Not so. It really means that it can be in
contact with food without great risk of
contaminating it. Yes, paraffin is inert (or
close to it), and though I worry about that
dioxin, the FDA says it's OK - for whatever that's
worth these days.
However, when paraffin is burned
- as one supposes a paraffin candle might be, all
bets are off, and "food grade" is a totally
Calling candle paraffin "food
grade" is very much like telling a lie.