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How to choose the perfect soy candle?



How to choose the perfect soy candle?

Photo courtesy of Pairfum

Photo courtesy of Pairfum

When buying one of the best scented soy candles you should expect the following:

Clean Burn

This is one of the strong points of any good soy candle over paraffin candles.

It should be burning cleanly for you without soot or smoke and it should not be tunneling, i.e. the should be no wax residue left on side of the glass.

When a soy candle is nearly burnt down, you will notice that the good ones still do not smoke or soot but the lesser ones will and you may notice some soot appearing along the top of the glass.

A further sign of a high quality perfumed soy candle is that the wick does not develop a glowing ‘mushroom’ head. In the past, you may have noticed that some candles develop red glowing bubble or head that eventually drops off into the wax to create an unsightly mess in the wax. This happens usually because something in the engineering of the candle is not quite right (the wick, the fragrance, some additives, etc.).

Every candle should burn down cleanly and completely, will not soot or smoke nor will it leave soot marks on the glass or tin.

100% Natural & Eco Friendly

The best soy candles are made from 100% natural soy wax without any synthetic or petroleum derived additives. These additives are not necessary and yet many candle companies blend soy wax into a paraffin wax candle.

This is for the benefit of being able to claim ‘natural’ or ‘soy candle’ but also to keep the price of the candle competitive. Hence, if you see a soy candle that is very cheap, the chances increase that it will contain paraffin or another synthetic wax.

Healthy Burn

This is the strongest point of a high quality soy candle.

With soy being natural, it does not contain toxins that are carcinogenic!

Paraffin contains toxins such as toluene and benzene, which are known carcinogens. It has been scientifically proven that a candle flame does not burn hot enough to destroy these ingredients before they are passed into the air, which makes paraffin candles air pollutants or harmful to the quality of the air in your home.

Another key element you should expect of superior soya candles is that they only use natural cotton wick, free from metal filaments. These metal filaments are woven tinto wicks to keep them upright while the candle burns. Zinc and lead are typical examples of these but burning them in a candle can lead to lead or zinc poisoning.

Today other solutions exist to keep a wick upright while the candle burns.

It is easy to verify whether a candle contains a wick with metal core. Just look at the top of the wick and if you see a black dot in the middle, then it contains most likely metal in its core.

Strong Perfume

Whenever there is a valid criticism of soy candles then it is the lack of ‘fragrance bloom’, in other words, many people find that the fragrance from a soy candle is not particularly strong.

The reasons are easily explained: soy wax has a lower melt-point than paraffin and the cooler the molten wax, the less perfume evaporates.

The melt-point of soy wax is around 35-55 degrees celsium whereas paraffin wax’s is at 55-70 deg C. This difference does not seem much but it become most significant when you consider that for every 10 degrees celsius you double the amount of perfume which evaporate.

Here is an example: a typical perfumed soy wax candle will have a meltpoint of about 45 deg C and a fragranced paraffin candle will be at about 65 deg C. This is 20 deg C in the difference and it means that the paraffin candle releases 4 x times as much perfume into the room as the soy candle. It is no wonder that the paraffin candle seems stronger!

The first solution to this is to only use strong and highly concentrated perfumes or essential oils in the candle. With essential oils and high quality fragrance oils being expensive, many perfumers dilute them. It then seems like a lot of odorous compounds are being added to the candle when in fact it is mainly diluents. This is what typically happens with budget priced scented candles.

A further solution is to deeply and highly scent the wax. Cheap paraffin candles only fragrance the upper most layer of the candle. When you look at the side of a cheap scented candle and you notice a thin line running around the glass, then there is a high probability that only the top is scented. The best perfumed soy candles are all fragranced from top to bottom contain a large amount of fragrance.

The single most effective solution is to raise the melt-point of the soy wax used. We achieve this first by starting with a grade of soy wax which naturally has a high melt-point and then we further increase it by adding other 100% natural waxes that melt only at high temperatures. This lifts the temperature of the molten soy wax and boost the fragrance intensity to levels similar to paraffin candles.

Other companies believe they enhance their soy candle by adding coconut wax. Unfortunately, this is another low temperature wax and we find it merely reduces the cost of the candle rather than improve the burn quality or more importantly increase the fragrance strength.

Longer Burn

Due to the fact that soy wax has a lower meltpoint, it has been found that on average they burn about 30% longer than a comparative paraffin candle.


With soy wax being made from soya beans, it is a natural and sustainable resource that can be used for many generations to come.

Equally, it is a biodegradable wax that can go back into the ground and break-down harmlessly.


Most of the best scented soy candles are hand poured.

This does not increase the measurable quality of how the candle burns or smells but it does improve how the candle looks and presents itself. With soy wax being natural, every candle behaves slightly different when it is being made. This in turn, requires hand finishing and hand pouring to ensure that a soy candle is beautifully finished.

Soy candles that are produced by skilled artisans do exude a certain personality, character and finesse that candles which are mass-manufactured on factory production lines and machines cannot match.

Envelop your family and friends only with the healthy atmosphere of soy candles candles and will infuse your rooms with evocative and beautifully natural couture perfume.

Choosing The Right Fragrance In Soy Candles?

Be creative and set a different fragrance tone in every room of your home.

Our soy waxes are infused with natural and pure perfume oils. When lit, PAIRFUM candles will slowly release their fragrance to permeate your home with a sophisticated fragrance, a warming atmosphere for many pleasurable hours.

Here are general fragrance families that offer some guidance. Enjoy the journey of discovery.


Floral fragrances shine with their romantic and feminine character but also their natural beauty.

Generally speaking, floral fragrances fall into one of two categories (but these obviously overlap):

Red Flowers

These are the rich, sensuous and heady fragrances.

The most prominent types are centered around rose, also known as the ‘queen of flowers’. But this group also includes violet, peony, orchid, mimosa, camellia, champaca, freesia, hyacinth, lilac and heliotrope.

White Flowers

This fragrance type is personified by jasmine with other members being orange blossom, tuberose, gardenia, honeysuckle, lilac, magnolia, osmanthus, ylang ylang, iris, lily of the valley, narcissus and many other blooms with pale petals.

White flower notes are generally light and fresh with more of an outdoor feeling.

Aromatic & Aquatic

Freshness is the overriding sensation of these fragrances.

The breaking waves of the ocean, the freshness of the wind or a clear blue lagoon. These are the images conjured up by the scents in the aquatic olfactive group. The notes tend to be transparent, fresh, natural, radiant and lasting.

Lavender, rosemary and artemesia are aromatic notes. The lend virility and energy to a fragrance. To reinforce their freshness, aromatic fragrances are often combined with citrus or spicy notes.

Wood & Moss

This olfactive heading summarises scents based on woods such as sandalwood, patchouli, vetiver or cedar. Woods are typically at the base of a fragrance giving it richness and warmth. Today woody notes can be both masculine and very feminine in character, whereas in the past they were predominantly used in men’s perfumery.

Woods have many different olfactive profiles:

  • cedarwood reminds us pencils
  • sandalwood is milky, powdery and creamy
  • agarwood or oud has a campherous, musty and woody nature
  • pine trees are fresh and we all associate Christmas or forests with them
  • guiacwood can come across a little phenolic or woody, tar-like
  • pure patchouli smell very different from note we associate with the ‘hippies’. It is woody but sweeter, lighter and a little earthy. Patchouli is the leaf of bush.
  • vetiver (although it is a grass) is a dry, musty and woody scent with facets of chocolate and incense

Mosses are a sub-group, as they grow as lichen on or around tree, such as oakmoss and tree moss. Oakmoss has a rich, earthy and woody aroma whereas tree moss is slightly fresher, reminiscent of pine bark. Mosses lend a dark sensuality and a retro feeling to fragrances.

Mosses are the key ingredient in chypre notes. The term ‘chypre’ is pure perfumery language and not familiar to many. Chypre is not actually an ingredient but describes an accord that always consists of these three elements:

  • a woody, leathery or mossy base note
  • a floral heart, and
  • a fresh top with hesperidics

Chypre perfumes are both fresh and warm with a lingering richness. Armani’s Aramis is a typical example.

Fougère (French for ‘fern’) is not an ingredient but another accord: lavender, oakmoss and coumarin. It recreates a green, woody, moist/damp and cool forest. Archetypical fougères as masculine fragrances.

Resins & Balms

Some of the most ancient aroma compounds below to this class of ingredients and they form the backbone of many Oriental accords.

Balsams include materials such as vanilla, benzoin, Peru balsam, Tolu balsam but also some waxes and they tend to be soft and warm in nature with many of them also having fixative properties, i.e. they make other ingredients last longer.

Amongst the resins are frankincense, opoponax, myrrh, styrax and elemi. Resins are crystallised sap from the bark of trees. Their odour profile is woodier and has a smokey nature when compared with balsams.

Green & Herbaceous

The sensation of these olfactive notes is one being outdoor: amongst the ferns of a forest, barefoot on grass, meandering through a meadow, fresh harvest time. Their olfactive profile remind us of spring and summer. It is a distinctively natural scent with the aroma grasses, herbs, moss, ferns but also bamboo and green tea.

The term ‘green’ refers to the scent of snapped leaves and freshly-cut grass.

Fig leaf is unique in its character as being both green and sweet. Tomato leaf has more of herbal leaf tone and violet leaf is reminiscent of fresh cut cucumber. Tea leaves are a further sub-category with their distinct aroma: green, red, white, black, Oolong, etc.

Herbs give a fresh, clean and uplifting feeling. A typical accord contains one or more of the following herbs: sage, thyme, bay leaf, mint, anise, tarragon, marjoram, fennel or basil. Basil is unusual in this group due to its spicy profile.

There are other ingredients with an herbaceous odor but which are not herbs: artemisia, calamus, angelica and spikenard.


The name describes it perfectly: oranges, lemons, limes and bergamot. Others in this group with a more herbal profile are verbena, petitgrain and lemongrass. Modern citrus variations are pomelo, yuzu and grapefruit.

Citrus oils are also known in perfumery as ‘hesperidics’ and are a key component of all fresh fragrances with their effervescent and sparkling nature. They lend a sunny and optimistic feeling. Their cleanliness and elegant nature comes to fore in all classic ‘eau de colognes’. They are a typical example of a ‘top note’ in perfumery.


These fragrances all share that they literally radiate ‘heat’ or ‘cold’:

  • Hot spices (intense but short burning sensation) are black & pink pepper, cinnamon, clove, ginger, saffron, pimento, tamarind and nutmeg.
  • Cool spices are coriander, caraway and cardamom. Their sensation is longer-lasting but cooling rather than hot.

It is easy to replicate these experiences when tasting them neat.


Oh, the wonderfully sweet, fresh and juicy fruit notes are enticing to anybody.

Think of strawberries, peaches, pears, blackcurrant, figs, mango, papaya, plum. The list is literally endlessly appetising.

These notes are wonderful in the kitchen and irresistible to the younger generation, particularly in candles.

Fruity notes beyond citrus (which form a class of its own) have become so popular in recent years that they deserve a category of their own.

Fruits especially have become very popular in combination with floral notes and driven the floral fruity trend.

Oriental & Gourmand

Oriental spices, woods and vanilla create rich, intense but sophisticated fragrances. These fragrances share an certain oriental magic and ‘warmth’ meets ‘sensuality’!

Gourmand notes are reminiscent of foody smells and offer a mouth-watering sensation with their delectable aromas of vanilla, coffee, syrup, dried fruits, coconut, cream, chocolate, crème brulée, cupcakes, nougat, macaroons (the list is endless). They are relatively recent group started by Thierry Mugler’s fragrance Angel in 1992. Through their nature these tend to be very playful aromas, show new facettes of perfumery and tend to be genderless. Gourmand notes have been particulary popular in scented candles and home fragrance in general.

Musk, Amber & Animal Notes

Since Neolithic times, Amber (a fossilised tree resin) has been much loved for its colour, beauty and scent, which is warm, sweet and very deep.

“Animal” notes refer to scents that remind us of animals. Perfumers use animal notes to add depth and warm to a fragrance. Historically, they originated from ambergris (wales), deer musk, civet cats, hyrax and castoreum, but have since been completed replaced with synthetic alternatives.

Angelica and Ambrette Seeds, two plants, also produce a scent which is reminiscent of musk.

Fragrance Journey

Scented soy candles are ideal for creating a multi-sensorial experience within your home to the delight visitors and friends. With their clean burn they are perfectly suited for a pure perfume experience.

Why not create a fragrance journey that evolves from room to room or season to season?

Fragrance is magical and has the ability to transform your home into a haven of boutique luxury!

Fragrance And Mood?

With fragrance we have the power to time travel! We have all noticed how certain scents trigger memories and allow us to go back in time to specific moments of our lives. It is surprising how scents trigger strong emotions and feelings of happiness, coziness, relaxation or a even a sense of calm.

This is commonly known as Aromachology. It is an amalgamation of the words ‘aroma’ and ‘psychology’.

Any one of us can use it in our homes to create and improve the atmosphere. Here are some suggestions for you to try and enjoy.


Herbal or aromatic notes such as lavender, sage or tea have the power to create a calming and relaxing emotion.

Vanilla, heliotrope and sandalwood are giving a warm and comforting sensation.

All of these are ideal for some wonderful restorative ‘me time’ after coming home from work.


Scents built around ingredients such bergamot, camomile but also white floral notes (ylang ylang, jasmin) can have a profound effect on our sense of wellbeing. They can instantly make us feel more relaxed through being soothing.

Use these before going to bed for a restful night’s sleep.


Citrus notes are ideal to kick-start the day or when a little pick-me-up is needed.

Try fragrances with strong nuances of lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit.

Another secret is mint! It is excellent for re-energizing and giving an extra boost to your concentration. A real wake-me-up!


Fruit notes radiate happiness and sunshine. They are excellent for lifting the mood of your home.


Fragrances with rose and tuberose but equally ones with oriental aromas (chocolate, amber and some soft spices) are perfect at creating a romantic setting ideal for a candle-light dinner.

The Science Of Aromachology

It is a relatively new science that was started by the Fragrance Foundation but has a solid basis in neurobiology.

An olfactory stimulus travels directly to the limbic system of the brain. This is where ‘memory’, our basic instincts (for example: hunger, thirst, sexual drives, survival) and our sense of smell are located.

These relatively primitive parts of our brain have subconsciously a very strong influence on our behavior and can directly affect our emotions: relaxation, happiness, sensuality, energy, comfort.

Aromachology takes a holistic approach to the sensorial experience of fragrance and demonstrates that we react differently a fragrance depending on our personal memories, our geographical location or culture, the seasons of the year, the time of the day and many other factors.

In many ways, Aromachology is an evolution of Aromatherapy which has a much more simplistic approach.

Fragrance And Rooms?

Some fragrances are better suited than others to certain rooms of your home.

Here are a few suggestions.

Living room/Dining room

We recommend comforting fragrances with strong nuances of red flowers but also warming woods or vanilla.

Floriental perfumes are ideally suited.


The kitchen is made for green and herbal notes but also spices and citruses.

Nothing should clash with aroma of your cooking.


While a kids bedroom might prefer fruity fragrances an elegant master bedroom suite lends itself to white flower or lavender notes.

Irrespectively, it should be the domain of your calming and relaxing fragrances.


Aquatic (marine) or aromatic notes are perfectly suited here.

Having said this, complex and sophisticated citrus note can be very energising in the morning.


This is the first room your family and friends enter. It should radiate happiness, sunshine and be welcoming.

We believe sophisticated fruity notes will send this signal to all entering your abode.


You may already grow lemon or fig trees here and a similar fragrance would be most suitable in these circumstances.

Otherwise orange blossom, honeysuckle and generally white floral notes lend themselves ideally to this room.

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Signs of a Healthy Marriage

Although there are many different ways to define a healthy marriage, these three qualities are essential for any lasting and fulfilling relationship.



A healthy marriage is built on trust, respect, and communication. Couples with these qualities in their relationship tend to be more satisfied with their marriage and overall life. They also report feeling closer to their partner and having stronger well-being. With 2.3 out of every 1000 people in the US experiencing divorce in 2022, it is important to frequently check in on the health of your marriage.

Although there are many different ways to define a healthy marriage, these three qualities are essential for any lasting and fulfilling relationship.

Signs of a Healthy Marriage

A healthy marriage is built on trust, communication, and mutual respect. If you and your partner can effectively communicate and share a mutual level of respect, then your relationship is off to a good start. Trust is also important in a healthy marriage, as it allows you and your partner to feel secure in your relationship and rely on each other.

Many other signs can indicate whether or not a marriage is healthy. For example, couples who can spend quality time together and enjoy shared activities usually do well. Couples who can openly discuss their relationship with each other and work through difficulties together are also more likely to have a happy and healthy marriage. Finally, marriages, where both partners feel like they can be themselves without judgment from their spouse tend to be the strongest and most lasting.

Freedom to be yourself

In a healthy marriage, partners feel free to be themselves. They don’t have to put on a facade or pretend to be someone they’re not. They can be open and honest with each other and feel comfortable sharing their thoughts, feelings, and desires.

Both partners should pursue their interests and hobbies without compromising or sacrificing for the sake of the relationship. There’s no need to agree on everything – in fact, it’s healthy to have some separate interests – but overall, both partners should feel like they’re able to be true to themselves within the relationship.

Lots of good communication

In a healthy marriage, partners can communicate effectively. It means expressing needs and wants and listening and responding to what the other person is saying. There are mutual respect’s opinions, even if there are disagreements. Couples in a healthy marriage feel comfortable communicating with each other about both the good and the bad.

Good sex life

A good sex life can be a major sign of a healthy marriage. A lack of sexual activity can be an early warning sign that something is wrong in the relationship. Often, couples who have a good sex life are more connected emotionally and physically. They are also more likely to trust each other and communicate openly.

Trust in each other

In any relationship, trust is essential. Without trust, there is no foundation for the relationship to grow. In a marriage, trust is even more important. Trusting your spouse means you feel confident in their ability to support you emotionally and financially. It also means that you feel safe sharing your innermost thoughts and feelings with them.

When you trust your spouse, you know they have your best interests. You feel comfortable being yourselves around each other and sharing your hopes, dreams, and fears. Openness and honesty in your relationship allow you to be vulnerable with each other. This vulnerable honesty creates a deeper level of intimacy in your marriage.

When you trust each other, you can be more forgiving when mistakes are made. You know that everyone makes mistakes and that nobody is perfect. You also understand that your spouse is human and capable of making mistakes like anyone else. If they make a mistake, you are more likely to forgive them because you know they are sorry and will try not to make the same mistake again.

Trust is one of the most important foundations of a healthy marriage. If you want your marriage to thrive, build trust in each other.

A successful, strong marriage takes work, but with communication, trust, respect, vulnerability, and affection as its core components, you can together create a partnership that will be long-lasting.

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5 Tips when buying life insurance for the first time

A knowledgeable and professional insurance agent can offer trusted guidance when it comes to finding the right life insurance protection at the right price.



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Major life changes like getting married, starting a family or buying a house are often when people start thinking about buying life insurance. Now, more than ever, people are more concerned with their financial security. Buying a life policy can be a process that sounds intimidating or confusing – but it’s also very important.

During this Life Insurance Awareness Month, Erie Insurance shares five points to discuss with your agent when buying life insurance for the first time.

  1. Understand who (or what) you are protecting. While anyone experiencing a significant life event like getting married or starting a family often recognizes the need for life insurance, others may not realize they could benefit from it as well. For instance, stay-at-home parents and student loan cosigners could have a definite need for life insurance.
  2. Only buy the life insurance plan you can afford. Many people are surprised at how much life insurance they really need to protect the people and things they love most – but they are also surprised at how affordable it can be. If you cannot find a policy that fits in your budget, it’s a mistake to forgo any coverage at all. Something is definitely better than nothing.
  3. Think through your beneficiaries. A life insurance beneficiary is the person or entity you name in your life policy to receive funds in the event of your passing. Your beneficiary can be a person, business, trust, charity or even your church. And you can have more than one. It’s important to make sure you think through who your beneficiaries are and if any proceeds meant to benefit a minor should be held in a trust.
  4. Buy from a financially sound company. You want the backing of a financially strong insurer if you or someone you love needs to call on the life insurance policy. A.M. Best, the largest and longest-established company devoted to issuing in-depth reports and financial strength ratings about insurance organizations, gave Erie Family Life Insurance Company a rating of A (Excellent).
  5. Consider current and future needs. Don’t just consider your current lifestyle, keep in mind your future needs and what those could include for your spouse, children or business (think college expenses, weddings, etc.). By taking in these considerations today, you’re investing in the security of your future. Life insurance is less expensive than most people think—and that’s especially true when you’re younger. 

A knowledgeable and professional insurance agent can offer trusted guidance when it comes to finding the right life insurance protection at the right price. Life insurance with Erie Family Life offers you the right coverage with flexible options, helping you to build a policy now that is adaptable later.

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Online menus should put healthy food first

Women who see healthy food at the top of an online menu are 30 to 40 percent more likely to order it, a Flinders University study has found, with the authors saying menu placement could play a role in encouraging healthier eating.



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Women who see healthy food at the top of an online menu are 30 to 40 percent more likely to order it, a Flinders University study has found, with the authors saying menu placement could play a role in encouraging healthier eating.

Published in the journal Appetite and led by Flinders University PhD Candidate Indah Gynell, the team investigated where on a menu healthy items should be placed to best encourage people to choose them.

“Previous research has explored menu placement before, but the studies were inconsistent, with some finding placing food items at the top and bottom of a menu increased their popularity, while others suggested that the middle is best,” said Ms Gynell from Flinders’ College of Education, Psychology and Social Work.

“In our study we compared three locations on both printed and online menus, with online being an important addition in the age of food ordering platforms, such as UberEats and Menulog, especially during the pandemic.”

The researchers created menus containing eight unhealthy items and four healthy items, arranged in three rows of four on the physical printed menu and in one column of 12 on the digital menu. In one study, the physical menu was tested on 172 female participants, while in the second study, the digital menu was tested on 182 female participants.

Female participants were chosen as previous research has found that dieting behaviours – likely to impact menu choice – are consistently more prevalent in women.

Participants then chose an item from one of the experimental menus before completing a psychological test that identified their ‘dietary restraint status’; that is whether or not they were actively choosing to restrict their eating habits for the purpose of health or weight loss.

“We found that neither the order of food items, nor participants’ dietary restraint status, impacted whether or not healthy food was chosen in the physical menus,” says Ms Gynell.

“However, for the online menus, we found that participants who saw healthy items at the top of an online menu were 30-40% more likely to choose a healthy item than those who viewed them further down the menu.”

The authors say the finding is important because if added up over time, consistent healthy choices could result in general health benefits at a population level, highlighting why such an intervention could be worth implementing.

“Diet-related illnesses and disease are more common now than ever before, and with a rise in online food ordering it’s important we uncover cost-effective and simple public health initiatives,” says Ms Gynell.

“Changing the order of a menu, which doesn’t require the addition or removal of items, is unlikely to impact profits as consumers are guided towards healthier options without being discouraged from purchasing altogether.

“This means it’s more likely to be accepted by food purveyors and, despite being a somewhat simple solution, has the potential to shape real-world healthy eating interventions.”

The effect of item placement on snack food choices from physical and online menus by Indah Gynell, Eva Kemps, Ivanka Prichard and Marika Tiggemann is published in the journal Appetite.

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