I have a love for candles that runs deep. A crisp fall morning with a cup of coffee, and a pumpkin spice candle burning in the background is my idea of a great way to start the day!
When I was younger, my mom always had a candle burning. I used to love coming home to see what candle she would have burning in the living room. Sweet lavender, honeysuckle and nectar, or maybe Christmas cookie around the holidays. It was always something new and exciting to come home to.
After I moved out and got my own apartment, I knew that I wanted to keep with that tradition with always having a candle burning. I went out and bought so many candles that I used an entire linen closet just to store them. Like most, I bought my candles from the most popular candle companies out there. I was a pretty frequent visitor to these stores. My candle shopping trips accounted for a pretty substantial portion of my budget!
It wasn’t until I moved out of my rental property in Rehoboth that I realized my candle burning had become a problem. Upon moving out, Mike and I received a letter from our landlord accusing us of smoking the house. We do not smoke and I kindly replied back stating this and that I would like to see edvience of what caused the assumption that we did.
Sure enough, there were black marks on the walls and ceiling right near where I would burn my candles every day. I’m not sure if you have ever tried to get soot off the walls but it is quite difficult. It smears and creates a bigger mess than before.
As I was searching for ways to remove soot from the walls, I came across an article that described why soot was left on the walls. Paraffin wax, was a word that kept popping up with the question. I dove in a little deeper and found that paraffin wax is what most popular retail candle companies use because it is the cheapest and most widely available wax. I found it was the paraffin wax that leaves soot all over the walls and ceiling, which is why we were accused of smoking
What I didn’t realize is that paraffin wax is the sludge left at the bottom of a petroleum barrel after the refining process.
So the candles I was constantly burning made from paraffin wax was releasing toxic chemicals into the air that we were breathing. I cound’nt believe that I had been filling my house with these harmful fumes. Most of the year I would burn candles with the windows closed! Has anyone else ever experienced headaches while burning candles and not understand where it came from? Check the candle your burning. There is a high probability it is made of paraffin wax.
After learning this I went into my closet and threw all of my candles out. I couldn’t give up my candle obsession though, so I started looking for alternatives to the paraffin wax candles. I was looking for all natural, non-toxic options.
Finally, I came across soy wax candles.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m pretty crafty. After doing some research I realized I could make these candles myself.
I bought all my supplies and started making my own soy candles. It was the best decision I could have made! I absolutely love it. I love picking the fragrances and mixing my own scents. I love pouring them. My house smells amazing! I love that I made them myself.
My soy candles are all natural and clean burning. I use premium fragrance oils with the scents filling my whole house. The best part is now I get to choose what fragrances I want to create! Now I can experiment and see which fragrances compliment each other and create a one of a kind candle experience that I can’t get anywhere else.
I no longer get headaches or soot rings on my walls and I feel comfortable giving my candles for gifts to others.
My candles won’t make anyone sick and it is a unique personalized gift that I made.
The feedback that I have received from my candles has been amazing! I’m currently selling candles as a side business as my website is being built and I’m working out the kinks of production and shipping. I can’t wait for you to see what I have coming out!