Sunday, January 4, 2009
Parrifin Candles and the benefits of Soy Candles
"What are some useful facts about soy and other natural vegetable waxes?"Soy is derived from vegetables, rather than paraffin which comes from petroleum. Soy is 100% non-toxic and all-natural.Soy and natural vegetable waxes are biodegradable & create less soot than paraffin.Soy and natural vegetable waxes are water-soluble; they clean up easily with just soap and water.Soy and natural vegetable wax candles burn cleanly and last at least 35% longer.Fragrances released from soy and natural vegetable wax candles last longer and have a greater scent throw.Soy and natural vegetable wax candles support the American farmer, rather than the foreign oil industry.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------"What are some useful facts about candles?"According to the National Candle Association, U.S. retail sales of candles are estimated at approximately $2 billion annually, excluding sales of candle accessories. Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households. Manufacturer surveys show that more than 95% of all candles are purchased by women.Votives, container candles and pillars are currently the most popular types of candles with American consumers. Candle industry research indicates that the most important factors affecting candle sales are scent, color, cost and shape.The retail price of a candle generally ranges from approximately .50¢ for a votive to $75 for a large pillar candle. Highly unusual or embellished artisan candles can be upwards of $200 or more. Two-thirds of candle purchasers say they use candles once a week or more often.Consumers are increasingly purchasing candles as a focal point for their home décor and for aromatherapy-like relaxation and stress reduction. Three-fourths of all candle buyers say that fragrance is very important in their selection of a candle.The majority of U.S. consumers use their candles within a week of purchase and nine out of ten candle lighters say they use candles to make a room feel comfortable or cozy. They most frequently light candles in the living room, followed by the kitchen and the bedroom. Approximately one in five women say that they use candles to decorate the garden, patio or other exterior areas, as well as the interior of their home.Both men and women consider candles to be a highly appreciated gift for a wide variety of occasions. Candle purchasers say they view candles as an appropriate gift for the holidays, as a house warming gift, a hostess or dinner party gift and as a thank you or birthday gift.