What’s the first thing everyone does when they want to buy a candle? Put it to their face and see how it smells! But did you know that burning certain candles could potentially be bad for you? I never gave much thought past the scent, color, and style of the candleholder until I began to think about the origins of a product’s ingredients. Candles are primarily made from different forms of wax. These are some of the most popular used in commercial candles:
- Paraffin wax
- Gel Wax
- Soy wax
- Palm wax
- Rapeseed wax
- Coconut wax
Of those listed, the first two types of wax, paraffin and gel wax, are both synthetically created waxes that are made from petroleum. This is not surprising considering the vast quantity of products that are made from petrochemicals. Other products include gasoline, diesel fuel, ink, cleats, tires, perfume, nail polish, insecticide, makeup, clothing fabric, and synthetic food coloring among MANY others. Petroleum products are all around us in various forms and levels of refinement. They all come from the geological degradation of organic matter into crude oil. Click Here or on the image below to watch a quick video on where you might find some petroleum based products. Many petroleum based products, their production process, and their chemical byproduct waste have been found to be cancer-causing agents over the past century. Thankfully, most of these items have slowly faded from direct use in products where they are readily absorbed into the human body.
So what has this to do with candles? Well, candle manufacturers are not required by law to disclose their ingredients within the United States. Among petroleum based paraffin, there are often harmful Volatile Organic Compounds found in synthetic scents that are more potent, cheaper, and more persistent than their natural alternatives. The problem is – there is no way to tell unless a company discloses their product ingredient statement. Here at Ecolimpet, we believe in transparency. Not only do we strive to be (almost) plastic free and avoid petrochemical products, but we have sourced candles that are made with both the environment and the consumer in mindrn with full disclosure of their ingredients. The Hand-Poured Candles and Wax Melts from Branch and Hallow are made from 100% organic grown soy wax (a natural alternative to petroleum products scientifically proven to be much cleaner burning) and our Cinnamon and Chai Candles from Mels Muslin and Gauze are made from a blend of both soy and coconut waxes. Both featured companies use only essential oils to scent their products.
If you are interested in reading more about burning candles and the potential health hazards we would invite you to check out This Article from Healthline and wish you a happy, healthy, and informed day.