Soot Free Candles
Natural, Clean & Soot Free Candles
We pride ourselves on our natural, clean-burning candles with zero petro-carbon soot. When burning other brands of candles, you may notice how the candle jar will turn black. You may also have seen the black smoke coming off of the candle wicks.
Gross! What is all that black soot? What's causing it?
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 soy wax doesn't have. Soy wax is entirely petro-carbon soot free.
Natural Soy Wax: Our Alternative To Toxic Paraffin Wax.
Soy wax is a clean-burning wax that lasts longer than paraffin and, of course, creates petro soot free candles, which is vital to us.
When we started, we began sourcing soy wax. Thinking it would be easy, we experimented with making our candles. Our first candles smelled amazing in the jar but burning them didn't have the same experience. A small amount of the fragrance transferred into the air, and we knew we wanted very fragrant candles.
So What Causes The Black Soot In Soy Candles, If Soy Wax Is Petro Soot Free?
Soy wax burns petro-carbon soot free. But other factors contribute to black soot deposits in candles.
Fragrances Can Add To Toxicity Of Candles.
Besides the waxes used in candlemaking, other things in scented candles can be toxic and or soot producing. We learned that commercially made fragrances are toxic and soot producing; they also aren't as strong.
We knew we wanted to find natural, clean-burning fragrances, so we set out to source those. We found some great options and are proud of what we've come up with; the scent throw is incredible. But you will also notice how real our fragrances smell. We do not use fragrances the same way as the industry standard.
Most scented products on the market, including most candles, contain nothing but a bunch of synthetic chemicals. We did not want to be exposed to all of these toxins. Our original plan was to use nothing but natural essential oils, essences, or extracts. However, most of these natural ingredients are not stable in their natural state when burning. Some of them are very flammable; some are unstable and are altered when exposed to heat; some will burn off and therefore throw little to no scent; only a few of these natural ingredients remain in their natural state.
All of our fragrance oils are created to be phthalate-free and exceed some of the most stringent environmental standards.
They are natural, and of course, the best part is our fragrances' strength and authenticity. Our scents are strong and curated to create a mood or experience. Once you burn a Concrete Candle, you will never burn another brand again! Our candles have an incredible scent throw.
Synthetic Additives Can Add to The Toxicity Of Candles
Synthetic scents, and other additives that many other candle manufacturers use, result in candles that generate lots of soot. Things like UV Inhibitors, chemicals to make candles look creamier, more rigid, etc. All these chemicals add to the toxicity and the soot production of candles.
Concrete Candles soy wax is free from additives and burns completely petro-carbon soot free! Our fragrances are 100% phthalate-free, and for the most part, our candles are dye-free, so there are even fewer chemicals.
You can do some things to radically limit the amount of soot produced from the candle flame itself. Limit it so much that you will never even notice it.
Follow these steps to keep the soot to a minimum:
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 wick trimmer for this.
Keep away from wind/fans - A flickering flame emits more soot. Candles near doorways or traffic areas are subject to drafts and turbulence, producing more soot. In addition to the number and type of candles present, several clues tend to distinguish candle soot from other sources.
Don't burn your candle for too long - Be sure to never burn a candle for more than 4 hours at a time.