The Non-toxic Difference
Why Our Candles are Better for You
When we set out to design our Vibrationally Infused Intentional Candles we knew we wanted to create something non-toxic that could be enjoyed by everyone. Children, pets, and people with allergies or health challenges are particularly sensitive to environmental toxins. Even healthy people can develop issues from them over time. Reducing the amount of exposure you have to environmental hazards can help preserve your health now and in the future.
Three key factors that can make candles damaging to your health:
Toxin #1: Lead core wicks
Some candles have lead-core wicks, which don't have to be burned to be harmful, as they release five times the amount of lead that is considered hazardous to children. The pollutants from a lead-core wick can be released through the air and absorbed through the skin if the candle is touched.
Toxin #2: Paraffin wax
Typical candles are often made with paraffin wax, which when burned releases carcinogens (benzene and toluene) into the air. These toxic fumes can be as dangerous as second-hand smoke.
Toxin #3: Fragrance- both synthetic and “natural”
The worst of these is fragrance. Many candles use synthetic fragrances that contain phthalates, which are released into the air when the candle is burned. This can cause a whole host of health issues over time including asthma, endocrine disruption, thyroid ailments, reproductive problems and even cancer.
Scented candles labeled as "made with essential oils", "all natural" or "phthalate free" can still contain some kind of chemical solvents, additives or other fragrance oils to enhance their scent profile or lengthen their shelf-life. Unfortunately, companies are not required to fully disclose use of these and well-meaning candle makers sometimes use these scents without realizing that they still contain ingredients that are harmful.
For these reasons, at Laurel Street we use an all natural clean-burning coconut wax blend with 100% organic cotton wicks that contain no synthetic or otherwise fragrances.