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Beeswax and Soy Candles

02.17.12 Beeswax and Soy Candles

On a recent stop to a favorite design store, I was drawn to the fragrant smell of cassis or some other fruity berry. I have to say that initially, I thought it was a pleasant smell but quickly became distracted by how much I wanted some fresh, non-scented air. I'm sure you can imagine the many places you've been (at the gym, at the movies, on a flight) and the person next to you is bathed in perfume. Suddenly, you're thinking about how to filter your breathing (scarf wrapped over your face?) instead of relaxing into quality down time.

And yet, burning a nice smelling candle is certainly an obvious choice when you're having a party or when you're just feeling the need to chill with the scent of lavender wafting through the house. But what is this really doing to the indoor air quality of our homes?

Well, it is unfortunately compromising the air quality. Benzene, Toluene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Trichloroethane and Formaldehyde are potentially emitted through your home. According to the EPA, candles are a leading cause of indoor air pollution and have the opportunity to aggravate asthma (especially difficult for children witth asthma to breathe as easily). Beyond that, burning candles with lead core wicks (to keep the wick standing straight) may result in indoor air concentrations of lead above EPA-recommended threshold. 

Additional concerns lurk in the following:

  • Wax--Most candles are made from paraffin, a petroleum by-product. It's cheap to use and also produces the lovely black soot for the nearby walls. Be careful not to be duped by labels claiming to be soy candles. Most likely, they have a tokenistic amount, like 5% of soy. Instead, look for 100% soy and beeswax candles.
  • Scent--Synthetic fragrances are an easy loop hole for manufacturers to avoid disclosing ingredients.
  • Wick-- there is also the chance that the wick is made from lead. Yes, lead. Even though (in 1974), the US Candle manufacturing industry made a pledge to stop using lead in candle wicks, the leaded wicks still find their way into our homes. Zinc has replaced most of the leaded wicks that are made here in the US.

“We have always had strong concerns about candles,” says Bob Thompson, chief of Indoor Environments Air Research for the EPA. He's talking specifically about paraffin candles, which according to a study by scientists from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, release toxic chemicals (Benzene and Toluene specifically), while burning. 

To make it simple. Straight-forward. Crystal Clear. At MightyNest, we only have 100% soy and beeswax candles, scented with pure essential oils and made with unbleached cotton wicks. Burning beeswax also emits negative ions that draw toxins, dust, pollen, mold and mildew from the air. And most importantly, no added chemicals are emitted through your home during a family gathering. Now, the only question is: which one? WHICH SCENT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Scents: Bergamot+lime, Vanilla+Cassia, Lavender+Blood Orange, Clove bud+vanilla, Rose+jasmine, French+Bulgarian lavender, Vanilla+Peppermint AND of course the purity of natural beeswax.

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