Lighthaus : 11 Myths About Scented Candles And The Hidden Truth Behind Them!-Lighthaus Candle

Lighthaus : 11 Myths About Scented Candles And The Hidden Truth Behind Them!

The internet is flooded with false claims and statements just about anything but what you read on the internet is not always right. This is what we found while we were browsing the internet to know what people actually think about scented candles and what issues they face but we were surprised to witness so much inaccurate content around scented candles and some of them were absolutely vague and some were partially right. So, here we are to separate the facts from fiction so that the next time you wish to buy scented candles, nothing holds you back:

MYTH 1: Pillar Candles and Votives Can be Made With Pure Soy Wax

FALSE. Pure Soy Wax has a very low melting point, it is pretty sticky and too soft. Hence, it disqualifies to be molded into pillars or votive candles. This is why, you will only get soy wax candles in tins or jars, and the votives and pillars are made using a blend that combines soy, paraffin and other types of waxes.

MYTH 2: Unscented Candles Are Safer Than Scented Candles

FALSE. There is no health hazard associated with scented candles. Just check all the details before buying scented candles, avoid candles with lead wicks as they lead to sooting and always opt for candles with cotton wicks.

MYTH 3: Soy Candles Produce Less Soot Than Paraffin Candles.

TRUE. This is absolutely right, soy candles are made from natural soy wax. So, when you burn them it’s like you’re literally burning natural oil. Soy candles give you a cleaner burn, does not produce soot will not lead to any black marks on your walls or ceilings.

MYTH 4: Scented Soy Candles Last Longer Than Paraffin Candles

TRUE.  Soy wax burns slowly as compared to paraffin wax, this is why they come with a longer burn time. A soy candle will burn twice as compared to the one that’s made with paraffin wax. So, if you’re looking for candles that are long lasting then invest in some quality soy candles.

MYTH 5: Natural Wax Will Cost You More than Paraffin

TRUE. Beeswax, Soy Wax, Palm wax and other natural waxes are surely going to cost you extra bucks. Because these waxes are natural and you can obviously expect better quality and more burning hours.

MYTH 6: Soy Candles Have a Poor Scent Throw

FALSE. Since soy candles are natural and come with a lower melting point, the wax melt pool forms easily and you can witness the aroma after few minutes of burning a scented soy candle. Also, soy wax blends well with fragrance oils and holds more fragrance oil as compared to other waxes. But not all fragrance oil blends work well with soy wax, in some cases, paraffin wax wins the game.

MYTH 7: One Type of Wax is Best for All Candles

FALSE.  Each type of wax comes with its own pros and cons. So, there are numerous candle types including pillars, tins, jars, votives, and tealights, but not one type of wax, works for each type of candle. Wax blends are picked according to the fragrance and type of candle, for candles with a solid construction like pillar, taper, and votive, different types of wax blends are used and the same goes with jars and tins.

MYTH 8: All Scented Candles Are Aromatherapy Candles

FALSE. Though we are blessed with amazing olfactory senses but still not all candles qualify in the category of aromatherapy candles. When it comes to aromatherapy candles, they are generally made with a blend of natural essential oils and wax blends. The fragrances that are chosen are also more relaxing and usually have healing benefits. So, yea not all scented candles are aromatherapy candles, though they might put you in a good mood.

MYTH 9: Palm Wax Candles Contribute to Deforestation

FALSE. It is true that palm kernel oil is harvested in a such a way that it harms environment and results to deforestation but there are environmentalist groups like The Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels that is dedicated to source sustainable palm kernel oil that doesn’t lead to deforestation.

MYTH 10: Melted Soy Wax Cannot Burn Your Skin

FALSE. Though soy wax melts at a lower temperature (just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit) as compared to other waxes used in candle-making, it can reach temperatures in excess of 200 degrees and that might burn your skin.

MYTH 11: Candle Soot Can Be Harmful

TRUE. There is a small amount of soot produced by the candle, which is a byproduct of incomplete combustion and is hazardous to health if there is a lot of soot in a room with no ventilation. The best thing to do for reducing soot is trimming the wick to ¼ inch before burning candles.


We bet you that you didn't know the truth behind these facts, so stay updated to our blogs and we will come up with something new and exciting in the coming weeks. So, just in case you want to buy some quality candles then browse through,, where you will find a wide array of scented candles. 

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