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The ugly truth about phthalates, parabens and paraffin

You can breathe easy knowing we only use phthalate-free fragrances and pure soy wax in our candles.

But what exactly does that mean? ↓


Phthalates are chemicals (plasticisers) used to help make scents last longer. Studies show they can damage the liver, kidneys, lungs, and reproductive system (scary).

I was shocked to learn around 75% of scented products that list "fragrance" in their ingredient label contain these dangerous chemicals. (Source: Environmental Working Group)

Phthalates must be listed among the ingredients on product labels, unless they are added as a part

of the “fragrance.” Under current law, they can then simply be labeled “fragrance,” even though they may make up 20% or more of the product. (Source:


Parabens are preservatives used in water-based products like lotions and creams, and therefore not found in fragrance oils or wax.


Surprisingly, 95% of candles on the market today are made with paraffin (which is a petrochemical obtained from petroleum). Several studies have shown that inhaling petrochemicals and ingredients derived from petrochemicals (like paraffin) can cause harmful health issues.

We chose to use pure soy wax in place of paraffin. Soy is a clean-burning base that has the capacity to last longer. Soy is also biodegradable, GMO free and contains no unnatural additives.


I recommend checking the labels or contacting the companies who make your favourite scented products to ensure you're not wittingly inviting these chemicals into your homes.

To shop our range of clean burning, phthalate-free, pure soy wax candles click here.


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