Paraffin wax candles as safe as natural candles – industry expert

10 November 2011 16:59  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Paraffin based candles are just as safe as those made from natural products like soy, despite commonly held views to the contrary, said an industry expert on Thursday.

Speaking at the NPRA 2011 International Lubricants and Waxes Meeting in Houston, Robert Harrington, the director of regulatory and safety at Blyth, said the emissions are largely the same whether the base wax is paraffin or a natural product like soy or palm wax.

The paraffin wax industry has to compete with the commonly held view that natural products are less hazardous, said Harrington during his talk, titled "Wax Testing from a Candle Perspective."

“Soy sounds good and petroleum products sound bad,” Harrington said.

Base wax comprises the bulk of any candle, with fragrances and dyes also added, but to a much lesser extent.

Combustion products can vary by additives, wick and airflow.

However, an extensive 2007 industry test showed that base wax is less of a variable, as largely the same emissions are produced in similar quantities regardless of the base wax.

“A paraffin wax candle is just as safe as a soy candle,” added Harrington.

The NPRA conference ends on Friday.

By: Carl Roache
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