Scentsy CEO, Orville Thompson, explains why Scentsy Wax Bars are made from paraffin wax and why this makes them safer than candles.
“I am often asked what our candles are made of and when i say food grade paraffin wax, i am met with gasps of horror at the idea. Food grade paraffin wax is the stuff sprayed onto the apples we eat to make them shiny! And do people really think we would sell something that was harmful or toxic? Our CEO of Scentsy, Orville Thompson, explains why Scentsy uses this particular type of wax and gives some though provoking arguments for moving away from burning any candle – even Soy to go wick less and embrace our safe scented candles and warmers.
“Many customers have asked abut the wax we use and why. Here is the scoop. We use food-grade petroleum based wax [like the wax that is applied to fruit that is sold in the grocery store]. We chose this wax because of it’s superior scent loading ability, melting point and firmness. We looked into a vegetable based wax but we couldn’t get a quality candle bar.
The issue of vegetable vs. petroleum waxes is raised primarily by vegetable wax candle makers because of the health risk with “burning” petroleum waxes. Most of the scientific research I have read (as opposed to sale literature) suggests that there are health risks with burning candles of any type of wax. Switching to vegetable-based waxes does not seem to reduce the heath risks as much as the veggie wax people would like us to believe. The Scentsy solution is simply not to “burn” the wax. The wax is not “burned” and therefore is not released into the air to pollute our lungs, walls and furniture.
“The issue of the type of wax we use is a non-issue, with regard to the chemicals releasing while burning, because we only warm the scent out of the wax- the wax remains in the warmer. If customers have a question about what kind of wax we use, I always ask them why they ask. This is because any answer other than “soy”, or “vegetable” will put off anyone predisposed to using only vegetable wax, even if the logic explained later is sound. To put it simply, I would rather have a petroleum wax in a warmer than a soy wax dispersed into the air of my home. Let wicked candle maker fight over relative safety. With Scentsy we practice “safer scents”- we abstain from wicks!”
Have a Scentsy day,
I honestly couldnt have ever said this better myself and I am one hundred percent happy to use these candles bars in my warmers over ever burning another candle again. You can see our full range of warmers and waxes for sale here: www.wick-freecandles.scentsy.ie