What is really in your candle?

What is really in your candle?

At Shmood, we care about you and our planet which is why we only use 100% natural ingredients. That means no chemicals fragrances, toxic waxes or polluting wicks. I was once oblivious to the harmful chemicals found in many of the scented products that I was purchasing. That's why I am now so passionate about educating people on 'what is really in your candle?'

When searching for the perfect candle, there are a few things you should be thinking about: the type of wax used, the type of material the wick is made of, and also the fragrance being burned. 
 
Let’s start with the wax...

Three of the most common candle waxes that you’ve probably seen are paraffin, beeswax, and soy. Paraffin candles, made from a by-product of petroleum, are most commonly used in mass-produced stores as they give great throw (the scent that emits when burnt) for a lower amount of fragrance (cheaper to make). The downsides of paraffin are that it can be toxic to animals and even humans when burnt. Remember that black soot that was left on your wall when you were done burning that candle? That’s paraffin for you!

Beeswax on the other hand, although a cleaner source, isn’t vegan-friendly which was important for me as I live a mostly vegan lifestyle. So, I did some digging into soy wax and discovered it was made simply from soybeans: a fully renewable source. Soy is 100% biodegradable, a natural resource, and does not contain harmful carcinogens such as benzene and toluene that paraffin candles do. Lastly, soy wax burns at a lower melting point than other waxes, which means that the life of the candle can last up to 50% longer than other waxes!

Have we convinced you yet that soy wax is the way to go?*

Next, you should consider the wick that’s being used...

Certain wicks can contain traces of metal, such as lead, and this is because the lead that it is laced with makes them stand up straighter, therefore causing the candle to burn better. The problem is that the lead then vaporises into the air where it can be inhaled - this has multiple health risks associated with it.
We have chosen to use unbleached cotton, lead-free wicks as they create a clean burn and are coated with natural vegetable wax to help them stay up straight.
 
Lastly, let’s go over fragrance in candles...
Both cheap and premium candles often use synthetic fragrances that contain harmful chemicals such as phthalates. Whilst these may give off a stronger smell, they are harmful for you and your pets - phthalates are chemicals used to soften PVC plastic and can damage the liver, kidneys and lungs if consumed in large amounts. That's why, here at Shmood, we use only pure essential oils for the safest burn possible. Whilst this is considerably more expensive, we want to ensure that you can benefit from the natural compounds within our oils through aromatherapy.

 

I hope that this blog post has provided you with some insight on how to pick out your next candle! We believe that by keeping in simple and 100% natural, we are doing are bit for your health and our planet. 

If you have any questions about the materials we use or want to learn more about it, please reach out to us at info@shmood.co.uk

*We use only sustainably sourced soy wax where an audit has been carried out to ensure there are no concerns of deforestation or the use of pesticides or fertilisers.

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