When buying one of the best scented soy candles you should expect the following :
This is one of the strong points of any good soy candle over paraffin candles.
It should be burning cleanly for you without soot or smoke and it should not be tunneling, i.e. the should be no wax residue left on side of the glass.
When a soy candle is nearly burnt down, you will notice that the good ones still do not smoke or soot but the lesser ones will and you may notice some soot appearing along the top of the glass.
A further sign of a high quality perfumed soy candle is that the wick does not develop a glowing ‘mushroom’ head. In the past, you may have noticed that some candles develop red glowing bubble or head that eventually drops off into the wax to create an unsightly mess in the wax. This happens usually because something in the engineering of the candle is not quite right (the wick, the fragrance, some additives, etc.). However, here at PAIRFUM we do not accept this in our candles.
Every KARMA candle will burn down cleanly and completely, will not soot or smoke nor will it leave soot marks on the glass or tin.
100% Natural & Eco Friendly
The best soy candles are made from 100% natural soy wax without any synthetic or petroleum derived additives. These additives are not necessary and yet many candle companies blend soy wax into a paraffin wax candle.
This is for the benefit of being able to claim ‘natural’ or ‘soy candle’ but also to keep the price of the candle competitive. Hence, if you see a soy candle that is very cheap, the chances increase that it will contain paraffin or another synthetic wax.
At KARMA we commit to you never to compromise on quality and our natural wax candle are made from 100% natural waxes. In other words, we do not add paraffin to our candles.
This is the strongest point of a high quality soy candle.
With soy being natural, it does not contain toxins that are carcinogenic !
Paraffin contains toxins such as toluene and benzene, which are known carcinogens. It has been scientifically proven that a candle flame does not burn hot enough to destroy these ingredients before they are passed into the air, which makes paraffin candles air pollutants or harmful to the quality of the air in your home.
Another key element you should expect of superior soya candles is that they only use natural cotton wick, free from metal filaments. These metal filaments are woven into wicks to keep them upright while the candle burns. Zinc and lead are typical examples of these but burning them in a candle can lead to lead or zinc poisoning.
Today other solutions exist to keep a wick upright while the candle burns.
It is easy to verify whether a candle contains a wick with metal core. Just look at the top of the wick and if you see a black dot in the middle, then it contains most likely metal in its core.
Here at KARMA all of our candles a free from synthetic waxes (or paraffin) and we only use natural cotton wicks.
Whenever there is a valid criticism of soy candles then it is the lack of ‘fragrance bloom’, in other words, many people find that the fragrance from a soy candle is not particularly strong.
The reasons are easily explained: soy wax has a lower melt-point than paraffin and the cooler the molten wax, the less perfume evaporates.
The melt-point of soy wax is around 35-55 degrees celsium whereas paraffin wax’s is at 55-70 deg C. This difference does not seem much but it become most significant when you consider that for every 10 degrees celsius you double the amount of perfume which evaporate.
The first solution to this is to only use strong and highly concentrated perfumes or essential oils in the candle. With essential oils and high quality fragrance oils being expensive, many perfumers dilute them. It then seems like a lot of odorous compounds are being added to the candle when in fact it is mainly diluents. This is what typically happens with budget priced scented candles.
A further solution is to deeply and highly scent the wax. Cheap paraffin candles only fragrance the upper most layer of the candle. When you look at the side of a cheap scented candle and you notice a thin line running around the glass, then there is a high probability that only the top is scented. The best perfumed soy candles are all fragranced from top to bottom contain a large amount of fragrance.
The single most effective solution, and the one we developed here at KARMA , is to raise the melt-point of the soy wax used. We achieve this first by starting with a grade of soy wax which naturally has a high melt-point and then we further increase it by adding other 100% natural waxes that melt only at high temperatures. This lifts the temperature of the molten soy wax and boost the fragrance intensity to levels similar to paraffin candles.
Other companies believe they enhance their soy candle by adding coconut wax. Unfortunately, this is another low temperature wax and we find it merely reduces the cost of the candle rather than improve the burn quality or more importantly increase the fragrance strength.
We never compromise like this on quality. Instead, we use a combination of all three solutions outlined above to ensure KARMA soy candles infuse your home with a beautifully strong perfume.
Due to the fact that soy wax has a lower meltpoint, it has been found that on average they burn about 30% longer than a comparative paraffin candle.
With soy wax being made from soya beans, it is a natural and sustainable resource that can be used for many generations to come.
Equally, it is a biodegradable wax that can go back into the ground and break-down harmlessly.
Most of the best scented soy candles are hand poured.
This does not increase the measurable quality of how the candle burns or smells but it does improve how the candle looks and presents itself. With soy wax being natural, every candle behaves slightly different when it is being made. This in turn, requires hand finishing and hand pouring to ensure that a soy candle is beautifully finished.
Soy candles that are produced by skilled artisans do exude a certain personality, character and finesse that candles which are mass-manufactured on factory production lines and machines cannot match.
These are essentially the same reasons why some iconic British brands like Rolls Royce®, Asprey®, Barbour® and others still advocate ‘hand made’ for key elements of the products they produce. Hence, all KARMA candles are handmade.
Only The Best Suffices
Rest assured that we distill all of our knowledge, passion and commitment to quality in every one of KARMA luxuriously fragrant soy candles.
Envelop your family & friends only with the healthy atmosphere of soy candles and will infuse your rooms with evocative and beautifully natural couture perfume.
Check out our full range of soy based candles here