Three Reasons we said "Goodbye" to Toxic Candles

August 01, 2016

Collection of Nathalie Bond Organics soy wax essential oil candles

What a fine line-up of candles - if we do say so ourselves! These little amber jars glow orange when lit, so they create a lovely comforting addition to your home. And the best thing is, they are toxin free and 100% natural.

Why is that important? I hear you ask...

Well, unfortunately most scented candles are made with paraffin and synthetic fragrances. It doesn't matter how many times the word "fresh" appears on the packaging, you'll still be pumping your house full of pollution. Here are three reasons we ditched chemical-based candles in favour of natural alternatives:

1. The majority of scented candles are made with paraffin wax, which - when burned - will give off highly toxic benzene and toluene. These toxins are the same as those present in diesel fumes. In your house. No thanks!

2. Historically candle wicks were made with lead. Such wicks infused the air with five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children. This is why in many countries lead wicks are either illegal or no longer commonly used. However, this is not consistent, so if your candle came from overseas, it could carry a lead wick.

3. Here's a bunch of other chemicals commonly thrown into candles: Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene. For context, these ingredients are usually found in paint and varnish removers. So burning a synthetic candle is not a million miles away from spending the afternoon sniffing a can of paint.

Instead, we make our candles with the following things...
1. An amber jar
2. Soy wax
3. Cotton wick
4. Natural essential oils

Happy days!

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