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Candles, you know, those cozy companions we all love to have in our homes. They bring warmth, fill the air with our favorite scents, and give our spaces that Instagram-worthy charm. I've always been a candle fanatic myself, but recently, I started to wonder about something: What's really in those candles I'm lighting up? Could it be affecting my dog, who's always by my side, or even me?
You see, I had a realization that I'd been choosing candles almost on autopilot during my store visits. I'd walk down those familiar aisles, often spending more time than I'd care to admit. But one day, I decided to take a closer look at the labels on those candles I'd been casually picking up. What I found left me baffled.
The list of ingredients on the label was short and unrecognizable, with one vague term, 'fragrance,' dominating the list. It begged the question, 'What in the world is 'fragrance' anyway?'
This curiosity ignited a journey – one that led me to explore not only what I was bringing into my home but also how I could continue to enjoy the comforting vibe of candles without the worry of unfamiliar and potentially harmful ingredients.
So let's dive into the world of non-toxic candles and how you can enjoy your candle obsession without worrying about mysterious ingredients.
Wax in Regular Candles
When you stroll through the aisles of any store picking out candles, it's important to know what you're potentially bringing into your home. A typical store-bought candle is often made from paraffin wax. When you light these candles, it can put out some not-so-great stuff into the air of your home, like toluene and benzene, which aren't good for you to breathe in.
What Makes Conventional Candles Smell Nice?
The smell of these candles comes from synthetic fragrances. These smells are strong and last a long time, but they're made with toxic chemicals that could be harmful, like phthalates. Phthalates are used to make the scent last, but they're not the best for your health and can mess with your hormones.
What's in the Wick?
The part of the candle that burns, the wick, is another thing to think about. Many candles have lead wicks with tiny bits of metal in them to help them stand up straight.
But when they burn, they can send tiny metal bits into the air, and breathing those in might not be safe.
Knowing what's inside your candles is crucial, and that's why ingredient transparency is important. You should look for companies that value full disclosure, listing every ingredient—fragrance included—that makes up their candles. When you do that, what you see is what you get.
The candle industry does not regulate the term "fragrance," allowing companies to gloss over synthetic ingredients that could be harmful to your health. This could potentially lead to allergic reactions or other sensitivities.
So, why does this happen? The fragrance industry often argues that revealing their proprietary formulas would compromise their competitive edge. While this may be true to some extent, it raises questions about consumer safety and the right to know what we're bringing into our homes.
That's why choosing candles from brands that tell you exactly what's in them is essential. With complete transparency🔎, you can light up your space and enjoy the fragrance, all while feeling secure in the knowledge that the air you're breathing is as clean as the candle's burn.
Many candles out there use synthetic chemicals to create long-lasting scents, but these can contain phthalates, which have raised concerns over their effects for a couple of reasons:
By checking to see if your products use phthalates, you'll feel more comfortable about using them in your home.
The phrase "made with pure essential oils" is quite popular when it comes to scented candles. Essential oils do provide the fragrance, yet the presence of essential oils doesn't guarantee the candle's overall safety.
Many manufacturers include essential oils in their candles, but often these natural scents are combined with synthetic additives to extend or enhance the fragrance, reducing the purity of the product... Yikes!
Curious about the role of a wick in your candle? It's the core that sustains the flame and helps the candle burn effectively.
Here's how it works: The wick transports the wax or oil to the flame, allowing it to burn. When lit, the heat of the flame melts the wax, which is then drawn up through the wick to fuel the flame. This process not only produces light but also allows the candle's fragrance to permeate the room.
While many candles have cotton wicks, some may come with unwanted chemicals like lead or zinc. These wicks will emit toxic lead fumes when burned, which is extremely harmful to your health, especially when inhaled.
To start, look at the type of wax the company uses. For candles that use clean, natural waxes. Here are a few that you can use:
One thing to note: even though it's favored, soy wax candles cannot be certified as organic or non-GMO due to the hydrogenation process it undergoes, which involves a non-organic nickel catalyst.
Another thing to note: We do not have beeswax candles because it is not plant-based and also not a certified cruelty-free product by Leaping Bunny. Beeswax is also not as sustainable or eco-friendly as soy candles!
However, by selecting American-grown soy wax, from United States processed sources, and ensuring it's 100% plant-based through USDA testing, you can still enjoy high-quality, contaminant-free candles!
Also check to see if they're made from untreated natural fibers like wood wicks, hemp wicks, or cotton wicks that haven't been bleached. These wicks burn cleanly and do not release harmful chemicals into the air.
While researching candles, I've discovered reasons that are important to me, and I believe they will matter to you too:
In the world of natural candles, not all options are created equal. It's important to consider what goes into the candles you bring into your home. This is where I found a company that stands out and is a better choice- Grow Fragrance. Here are reasons why I started to use Grow instead of those risky candles in stores:
1. Lead-Free, Unbleached, Organic Cotton Wicks: Their candles use wicks made from unbleached cotton that are completely lead-free.
2. Soy and Coconut Oil Wax Blend🥥: Their unique blend of soy and coconut oil wax not only provides a clean burn and produces less soot, but also ensures the candle burns more evenly, ensuring you can get the most out of your candle.
3. Full Ingredient Transparency🔎: Their commitment to full ingredient transparency means they provide a complete list of what goes into our candles. Knowing every ingredient helps you make informed decisions about the products you use so you can enjoy candles with peace of mind.
4. Free from Harmful Additives🌱: They're committed to creating candles that are free from parabens, phthalates, carcinogens, mutagens, and reproductive toxins. Every candle is made from 100% plant-based ingredients and will make you feel comfortable using them in any living space.
5. Refillable Design♻️: Their candles are designed to be refillable, allowing you to switch to different scents as your mood changes. With a wide variety of scent options available as inserts, you can enjoy a new aroma experience without the need to buy a whole new candle.
1. Blondewood Candle
Experience the comforting embrace of our Blondewood Candle, where the creamy sweetness of vanilla bean melds with the rich essence of shea butter, the earthy depth of teakwood, and the subtle scent of almond. This rich scent is like a luxury hotel.
2. Woodland Sage
Discover the cozy comfort of our Woodland Sage Candle, where the soothing scent of eucalyptus blends with the earthy notes of clary sage and the subtle touch of sandalwood. It's like a peaceful stroll through a green forest, creating a warm and inviting atmosphere in your space.
3. Lavender Blossom Candle
Indulge in the calming scent of our Lavender Blossom Candle, a harmonious blend of lavender, peony, and a hint of citrus. This candle is designed to be a serene addition to your daily rituals.
Today, I can confidently say that I've found peace of mind using candles. Knowing that I can enjoy the warm and natural fragrances without the presence of pesky chemicals has been a game-changer in my home.
My beloved dog, who's always at my side, can now bask in a safer environment as well. The best part is that I didn't have to sacrifice my fragrance obsession. Instead, I found the perfect solution with Grow Fragrance.
And I've made it a point to share this newfound joy with friends and family, especially those with young children and pets. It's been a delightful journey that I hope you're inspired to start yourself, and I'm thrilled to continue using candles while prioritizing the safety and well-being of my loved ones!
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