Scented candles are a popular, easy and effective way to perfume the home, and add a sense of cosiness. But did you know the scent in scented candles can be incredibly toxic? Introducing the non-toxic alternative; aromatherapy candles.
If you’re anything like me, you may notice yourself experiencing ultra-sensitivity to things like cleaning products, air fresheners, insect repellants, and regular scented candles.
And, also like me, you may notice that every time you use these products, you end up with headaches for days.
Well, I’m here to tell you that, unless you’re going a little too hard on the vino nights, your headaches are most likely caused by the toxic chemicals that are used to produce these fragrances.
I’ll phrase that another way for you: these products might be making you sick.
The ‘Questionable’ Ingredients Sometimes Found in Candles
We all know how relaxing it can be to light a candle and jump in the bath to unwind. Or to simply light a candle to cosy up the home or to kickstart our creative spark.
But did you know the scent in scented candles can be incredibly toxic?
Let’s take a look at the three main components of a candle; the wax, the wick and the scent.
A common ingredient in cheaper candles is called paraffin wax.
Derived from petroleum, paraffin contains carcinogens such as toluene and benzene.
What’s a carcinogen? The definition is: “a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.” Eek!
Paraffin also contains a bunch of chemicals with varying levels of known harmful effects (chemicals like Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Xylene, and Cyclopentene, and many others). (Source)
While not common these days, some candles still use wicks containing heavy metals like lead.
While using lead-based wicks in candles is banned in many countries, if you’re buying online, it’s worth investigating this.
Those ‘great smells’ are caused by a synthetic chemical used in the fragrances, which are derived from petrochemicals.
Some of these chemicals are known endocrine disruptors (something that interferes with the hormones), carcinogens, and have been linked with reproductive birth defects (Source). They’re also extra harmful to people with allergies and asthma.
Suddenly those vanilla-smelling candles don’t smell so tasty, do they?
What About the Research?
Now it would be remiss of me to not acknowledge that the science on the harm caused by burning paraffin wax is not well-researched or well-documented, and some existing studies have been questioned.
Nonetheless, these truths do give me just enough pause to consider whether these products are really needed in our households.
Plus, the aforementioned headaches I used to experience when burning these products was a pretty sure sign for me that there had to be a less toxic alternative.
There Are No Toxic Chemicals in GGCo. Candles
At the Grampians Goods Co., we use eco-friendly, vegan soy and coconut waxes infused with bespoke pure essential oil blends.
No synthetic fragrances or toxic ingredients.
This means that there’s nothing artificial or harmful in our range.
Instead, we offer a collection of natural-alternative scented candles using exclusively 100% pure, high-grade essential oils.
As well as ensuring there are no synthetics in our scents, we use pure cotton wicks with no lead or zinc.
They are 100% safe for you and your family, and they ensure your candle burns beautifully and naturally!
Aromatherapy Blends—A Scent For Every Need
Our Aromatherapy Candle Collection and our Grampians Grown Body range are scented using high-grade 100% pure essential oil blends exclusively; not low-quality “fragrance” oils, and not a misleading fusion of essential oils and cheap synthetics.
Our essential oil blends have rich, complex aromas comprised of individual scents that actually exist in nature, so not only are they non-toxic, they actually have therapeutic benefits that range from purifying the air through to calming nervous tension.
Without a doubt, these are the best (and healthiest!) solution for those who’d like to enjoy fragranced home (and body!) products minus the migraine.
And, we have a candle and blend, to suit all of your needs. Here’s a snapshot of our range of blends and what they can offer you:
Siberian Fir & Cedarwood — CONFIDENCE
Tantalising and penetrating, this refreshing alloy of earthy and warm notes grounds your inner self and brings out your assertiveness.
Like the grand, majestic Grampians, the siberian fir and cedarwood blend stabilises and cools your emotions, inspiring CONFIDENCE.
Grapefruit & Geranium — FOCUS
Our best-selling grapefruit and geranium oil blend promotes clarity, emotional stability, and openness, and is known for its detoxification and anti-anxiety properties.
Combining the fresh and exotic aroma of grapefruit with the bracing floral tones of geranium, this blend will help you to experience unmatched FOCUS and mental sharpness.
Clove & Jasmine — AWAKEN THE SENSES
Dive deep into the moment and experience love to the fullest, with the help of what can only be described as a powerful aphrodisiac.
The pungent and unique scent of the clove accentuates the sweetness of the seductive jasmine, enhancing your body awareness and appreciation by helping you to get in touch with your physical body.
Elevate your mood and AWAKEN THE SENSES, every day, unapologetically.
Sweet Orange & Palmarosa — HARMONY
Imagine the scent of a freshly peeled orange, combined with the rejuvenating sweet palmarosa.
This curated essential oil blend helps you to release your mental blocks, make space for vitality, and connect you with your inner self and spirit.
Let the invigorating energy of the Grampians bring you HARMONY and assist you in balancing the duality of your psyche.
Roman Chamomile & Lavandin — RELAX
Roman chamomile has long been hailed as an antidote to stress, coupled with the relaxing ethereal French Lavandin which promotes feelings of hope, boosts mental strength and combats negative thoughts.
The rich, fruity drops of chamomile, accompany the cool, etherial lavandin, helping you to let go of your worries and regain control of your emotions.
RELAX any time during the day, without even leaving the house.
Lemon & Basil — ENERGY
Experience the energizing duality of strong citrus and balancing basil, a must-have essential oil that revitalizes the body and “wakes up” the mind.
A natural “uplifter”, Lemon and Basil will give you the necessary ENERGY to seize the day; climb a mountain or swim in the brisk ocean waters.
So, what should you do with this newfound knowledge…?
It can be confronting to learn that a product you’ve been using for years, in your home and around your children, isn’t exactly what you thought it was.
We’ve provided this article not to alarm you, just to shed some light on the hidden ingredients in synthetic fragrances that might be making you and your family feel sick.
We’re confident that burning a GGCo. candle will help you to avoid these toxic ingredients—that’s our promise to you.
And our ultimate wish is that using our scented products—especially our aromatherapy candles—will elevate a moment in your everyday routine and the ambience in your home, instead of contributing to your family’s toxic load.