Unfortunately, the candle market is a lot about the pretty box or the big name brand behind it and very little about the actual contents of the candle. Think about it. You are taking this product into your home and lighting a flame to it to expose everyone to it’s fumes. What exactly are you breathing in?
Most people know by now to choose soy wax over paraffin because paraffin is made out of crude oil. Certainly don’t want to burn and breathe in fuel, do we? What people don’t know is that the majority of candles that claim they use soy wax, mix it with a small or large percentage of paraffin wax to keep the costs down. So, make sure that you are buying from a manufacturer that is authentic and sticks behind their claims.
So now you are buying from a manufacturer that is 100% soy and claim that they are 100% natural, you're good, right? Not if they are using a synthetic fragrance to make your candle smell like “clean cotton” or even “apple crisp on an autumn day”. These synthetic compounds are chemicals that can be dangerous to many when inhaled or applied to the skin. Many of these unknown Volatile Organic Compounds can cause central nervous system disorders, dizziness, nausea, irritation to nose, throat, eyes, skin and lungs. Material Safety Data Sheets on each chemical compound confirm these findings.
Look for the following four things in a candle.
1. An "authentic" candle manufacturer that it is passionate about producing a clean product vs. a cheap product that just has expensive packaging.
2. Non GMO Soy Wax. Make sure it does NOT say "blend"! It could be blended with paraffin (crude oil).
3. Cotton Wick. 45% of all imported candles are from China and some could contain lead.
4. 100% pure essential oils. Make sure it doesn't say blend or all natural fragrance because there is no such thing. The only natural fragrance is 100% pure essential oils from plants and flowers.