Whether it’s a holiday scent, or a floral aroma for Spring, there is something special about the way candles can fill your home with a scent that makes it so inviting and cozy. But is the candle you’re burning really the best choice for your health? Not all candles are created equal - the harmful secret that big candle companies do not want you to know is that commonly used waxes and wicks are damaging to your health and home, their factory workers, the environment, and even your wallet in the long run.
As the saying often goes, if you can’t pronounce the ingredient, you probably shouldn’t consume it. Why would it be any different for the fragrances you choose to fill your home? What many people do not know is that even the most well-known candle brands, regardless of their retail price point, cut their cost of production by using highly toxic carcinogens within their blends.These include paraffin wax, a petroleum waste product that is chemically bleached, when burned creates benzene and toluene soots - the same harmful byproducts found in diesel fuel fumes. The most shocking part of all: in 2001, the EPA concluded that burning paraffin candles emit harmful toxins and increase health risks with multiple exposures, equally as dangerous as inhaling second-hand smoke.
So why are these toxic candles still on the market!? Answer: because these toxic chemicals are cheaper to produce in mass quantities than hand-poured all-natural wax blends. Not to mention, they are harmful to their factory workers, and often do not align with safe working conditions or fair wages. All of which are reasons Coco Blanco Home was proudly founded to take a stand against when sourcing our curated collections of artisanal home decor.
Not only is choosing a natural wax candle better for your health, but they’re better for your wallet. While natural wax candles can cost more than paraffin pours on the shelf, they actually have a lower melting point- which means they burn up to 50% longer, giving you more for your money! Coco Blanco Signature candles have a burn time for over 60+ hours, significantly greater than the average 30+ hour burn from the mass-produced candle you can find at your local mall. (Besides, who wants the same fragrance recycled season after season with nothing but a new name or label slapped on the front!?)
If you’re familiar with the black soot that takes over your candles, or creeps onto your walls or doors after leaving a candle burning for a while? This is because paraffin candles expel black smoke (smoot) which sticks to whatever is close by. So not only are they damaging your lungs, but furniture and decor around your home. By burning a natural waxed candle like Coco Blanco Signature hand poured soy candles, you will not have to worry about any of these toxic effects due to it’s clean burn.
We’re all trying to do our part to better the environment right? Well, soy wax candles are also environmentally friendly! They are made of vegetable wax extract from processed soy beans. This means they are organic and renewable unlike paraffin which is a by-product of refined gasoline. By choosing soy wax candles, you’ll be doing your part by lessening the use of non-renewable crude oil which means better for you, your pets, and the environment.
To sum it up: when it comes to your candles, always choose quality over quantity. Coco Blanco Home believes that not only is “fair trade” more than just a saying on a label, but that a customer should be able to shop with confidence knowing that every purchase supports all the moving parts from start to finish. From the artisan, to the curator, to you, no stone goes untouched when it comes to the craftsmanship and quality. Each time a CBH candle is lit, you can find comfort in knowing the pride and passion we take in each pour.
So the next time you go to purchase a big brand candle, maybe it’s best to think twice about where it’s being made, the ingredients it consists of, the ones who are crafting it, and what missions or values (if any) the company stands behind.
All of our candles are made with a coconut and soy wax blend and phthalate-free premium grade fragrance oils. The wicks are cotton braided and are lead & zinc free, creating a clean, environmentally friendly burn for your home or office.