Why The Type of Candles You Burn Matters

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 After a long, tireless day there is nothing better than coming home and making your favorite tea, curling up with a good book and lighting your favorite scented candle for a complete sense of warmth and coziness.

Everyone wants a space that is welcoming, soothing and inviting - a space that brings to life the essence of who they are by the simple delicate aesthetic and aroma of the room. This is why candles have become a staple in rituals, meditations, celebrations and daily activities for years because of their ability to soften the ambiance, accent the style of home decor and create a luxurious comfort. So how does something so essential to our wellbeing and contentment pose a health risk?

Lighting a candle changes the quality of air that you breathe in. Everything in life is connected back to your breath. The way you eat, move, react, create, and think is all controlled by the simple fact of your breathing. It’s so important to pay attention to the air that you breathe in the same way you do about what you eat. The process of burning anything in your home immediately runs the risk of emitting unhealthy fumes or chemicals. So when picking your candles for the perfect night at home after a long day, it’s crucial to be mindful how they’re made.

There are three materials that make up the candles you use today. The holder or jar it comes in, the wick used to ignite a flame and most importantly, the wax.

What wax are most scented candles made out of?

PARAFFIN is widely used in candles because of its low cost. However, paraffin wax is derived from petroleum. That’s right the same crude oil used to make fossil fuels. When it’s burned, the paraffin releases unhealthy toxic airborne chemicals.

BEESWAX was a great alternative until recently. In the past few years, colony collapse disorder has affected a record number of hives. Honeybees have been dying at a rapid rate and the population has not been able to restore itself. While it might be a viable alternative in the future, currently beeswax is not a sustainable option.

PALM WAX is a natural, non-toxic wax that was once sustainable like beeswax. However, it is no longer sustainable because it contributes to deforestation and deeply affects endangered species and their habitats.

SOY WAX  is the next best natural wax. If it is not grown and harvested responsibly, soybeans often contain harmful pesticides and fertilizers resulting in the contamination of drinking water. The soy wax we use is 100% natural, grown and harvested responsibly in the USA.

COCONUT WAX is produced from cold-pressed coconut meat. Coconuts have a high yield and crop renewal per acre, making it a sustainable product. They are also eco-friendly to harvest and non-toxic making it safe to inhale. For candles specifically, coconut wax melts quickly to give you the clean and even burn and it also throws scent very well.

All in all—the cleaner, the better.

Paying attention to the ingredients your candles are made of and where they source their ingredients is all part of being a conscientious consumer. Premium candles should be made from premium ingredients, which is why candles with coconut wax and soy wax are not only the best for the planet, your home, and your health but also burn in a way that is clean, pur and entirely enjoyable.

Create an experience reflective of the life you lead. #LiveCozier

Learn more about what’s behind the Cozier candles here