In a world where deceptive advertising is a common practice, one has to be careful when choosing natural candles. Many times these candles are not natural at all. You may be surprised at what companies are allowed to advertise as natural.

Differences between aromatherapy candles and essential oils candles.

Something about aromatherapy candles that most people don't understand is that they are not necessarily essential oil candle. Essential oil candles are in fact aromatherapy candles. However, what some companies call aromatherapy candles are not always essential oil candles. They are not the same.

Aromatherapy, as concisely as it can be said is the use of essential plant oils that are used for physical or psychological therapy. One thing that is often not understood is that essential oils are necessary for all types of aromatherapy. If you are not using essential oils, the practice cannot be considered aromatherapy.

What you should look for in essential oil candles & aromatherapy candles.

When looking for high quality aromatherapy candles, you must always make sure not simply that the candle contains essential oils, but that the candle contains ONLY essential oils and absolutely no other perfume grade artificial fragrances. These fragrances will interfere with the essential oils and the therapy will not be as effective.

Secondly, when you find a candle that contains only essential oils as fragrance, you need to find the best type of wax. Since soy wax burns completely clean and odorless, this is the best type of wax to use. If the candle does not specify that soy wax and only soy wax is used, then it's not soy wax. Essential oils made with paraffin should never be used.

Using essential oil candles with paraffin is a bit like buying organic produce and spraying on a nice, thick coating of pesticides before eating your healthy piece of fruit. It just doesn't make sense. Paraffin is a byproduct of petroleum and emits harmful petro-carbon soot when burned that can nullify the healthy effective of the essential oils.

Pure soy wax or soy wax blend?

It is very important to check and make sure that the soy wax is pure soy wax and contains only soy wax. Many companies will advertise "made with pure soy wax," which simply means that there's pure soy wax in the candle. The rest could be paraffin, but the point is, you really don't know. Make sure the label is very specific. If it's not, contact the candle company and make sure they use only pure soy wax.

Having said that however, I'd like to make it clear that not all soy wax blends are inherently bad. Many candle companies actually do use completely natural additives such botanical oils like palm oil. If you're comfortable with these natural additives, that's fine. An easy way to tell if the soy wax is pure is if there is a white frosting on the top or the outside of the candle. These are the natural oils rising to the surface.

If you do opt to use a soy wax blend, make sure only botanical oils are used in conjunction with the soy wax. Make sure that paraffin is not one of the additives. Again, if you are confused about exactly what's in the candle, I would recommend contacting the manufacturer.

What type of wick is used?

Probably the most overlooked aspect of candle burning is the type of wick used which is obviously an integral part of the candle. When using soy candles for aromatherapy, you should always use cotton wicks. Metal cored wicks can give off harmful fumes and paper wicks can smoke a lot.


At the end of the day, there's really only one thing to remember when searching for an effective aromatherapy essential oil candles. Keep it natural. To get the most out of aromatherapy, make sure all the materials in the candle are high quality and all natural.

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