Why Vegetable Wax?
Vegetable waxes came to market in the mid 1990's, 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
Synthetically fragranced paraffin candles contain carcinogenic compounds that have been deemed 'toxic air contaminants' by the State of California. Air quality researchers have 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:
1, 1, 1-Trichloroethane
Carbon Black (soot) Particulate Matter <2.5 microns
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 twenty or so years due to the increased popularity of scented candles.
Unfortunately candle ingredients are not required to be listed, so many people are unaware. 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, with a pinch of plant essential oil added.
Always look for very specific labeling by the manufacturer.
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