Why Vegetable Wax?

Vegetable waxes are a relatively new product, they are a renewable resource, and entirely free of petroleum products. Our candles are a blend of RSPO sustainable palm, USA soy, and coconut wax.

Why NOT Paraffin Wax?

There are three main reasons to avoid buying petroleum (paraffin) based candles:
~ Paraffin smoke/exhaust contains many carcinogenic toxins and contributes to indoor air pollution
~ Petroleum is not a renewable resource
~ Burning paraffin often produces black soot that coats your walls, furniture, electronics, and appliances
Paraffin candles contain up to 11 carcinogenic compounds. These compounds have been deemed 'toxic air contaminants' by the
State of California. An air quality researcher, David Krause, has documented evidence that candle soot particles contain many of the
same compounds given off from burning diesel fuel. The soot from these materials can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins, and
reproductive toxins. Testing and air chamber analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency has found the following compounds in a random group of over 30 candles tested:

Acetone
Benzene
Trichlorofluoromethane
Carbon disulfide
2- Butanone
1, 1, 1-Trichloroethane
Carbon tetrachloride
Carbon Black (soot) Particulate Matter <2.5 microns
Trichloroethene
Tetrachloroethene
Toluene
Chlorobenzene
Ethylbenzene
Styrene
Xylene
Phenol
Cresol
Cyclopentene
Lead (Inorganic Airborne Contaminant)

Health hazards are created when paraffin (petroleum-based wax) is mixed with synthetic fragrance (some not even meant for
combustion), and then compounded with chemical fixatives, synthetic glosses, and wire core wicks. Health problems have been more evident in the past ten or so years due to the increased popularity of scented candles. Hundreds of thousands of dollars of home and furniture damage have been reported, causing a battle with insurance companies and candle retailers.

In the Nov/Dec 2000 edition of the Emagazine, in an article titled, 'The Inside Scoop,' Kathleen O'Neil writes that a recent study of
residents in both residential and an industrial areas found chemical levels in the subjects' bodies indicating they had received doses of pollutants in their homes five to 70 times higher than the highest outdoor levels. Burning candles are listed in the article as contributing
their share of indoor pollution.

Unfortunately candle ingredients are not required to be listed, so most of the population is unaware, but awareness is growing. Worse, labels are often worded in such a way that some consumers think they are buying healthy, aromatherapy candles, when in reality the candle is mostly a petroleum wax, synthetic scent, synthetic fixatives, with a pinch of plant essential oil added. Even if a candle is labeled as being made of beeswax, often there is paraffin as well. Wicks that have a metal, or zinc core, often contain small amounts of lead as well. Always look for very specific labeling by the manufacturer.

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