What is soot?
WiseGeek.com says “In order to form soot, an object must be burned at a comparatively low temperature with a reduced supply of oxygen.” Sounds like a wickless candle to me =)
Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a soot-free candle or melt. In a nutshell, everything is made of organic matter, and and a candle – wicked or wickless – burns at a temperature where carbon is the result.
Yes, soot is produced by any heating or combustion of carbon… and everything has carbon… and therefore combusted carbon lead to soot – and that includes the candles of candle companies that say they have no soot!
According to WiseGeek, the ink your pens, the black in your rubbers, and the camo makeup is the same carbon black also known as “soot”. You cannot avoid soot entirely and soot is not necessarily a bad thing, especially candle soot that is practically harmless.
Yes, this whole thing about soot…. i am saddened to hear that it is used as a marketing line – and they are quite successful at it too – but straight up misleading.
If one is really concerned about their candles and it’s safety of soot, I commend you! Health is priceless… and so is knowledge. Do some research beyond what is readily marketed by companies and make an educated decision.
Eclipse would never claim to be soot-free in any of their wicked or wickless candles. What Eclipse does is freely provide information on their raw materials, sets themselves apart by not having chemicals most commonly found in candles on market, and information on the certified oils used in all of their candles and waxes. After looking into these matter, soot would be the least of one’s worries and soot-free would be of little of concern, if any. Eclipse Candles ingredients would definitely hold more ground than a “soot-free” marketing label.
Now that you know that all candles have soot, don’t despair. There are ways to minimize soot in your life by practicing the 10 Ways to the Best Candles.