What's Wrong With Normal Candles??
Most people don't realise that most candles that you can buy in stores are toxic, whether its the lead in the wick or the artificial fragrance or the fact that they are made from paraffin (petroleum oil based) and you are inhaling that burnt substance while the candle is lit. They are a massive source of indoor air pollution and can trigger respiratory problems or allergies and have been compared to inhaling second hand smoke. Pretty bad right? Paraffin is a petroleum waste product and has to be deodorised and chemically bleached before it can be made in to wax. Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. Many scented candles also have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead, and even a few hours of burning them can create levels of airborne heavy metals that are much higher than the acceptable limits.
“A candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air, says the CPSC, which is why they banned lead wicks in 2003. Exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.”
Rapeseed wax which is used by Elate &Co. is a great alternative to paraffin wax candles. It burns free of toxins and phthalates and are scented with non-toxic fragrance oils. Elate & Co. are a Danish mother and daughter company, who have chosen the natural way. Plant based candles have a longer and cleaner burning time, they are sustainable and 100% biodegradable. The wicks in their handmade scented candles are made of 100 percent cotton and therefore do not contain heavy metals. Their fragrance oils are carefully selected and completely free of phthalates.
Candles I Love
I've been using some of their lovely candles and here are my favourite picks:
Earl Grey rapeseed wax Scented candle
This Earl Grey tea candle has a soft fresh green floral fragrance opening with tea leaves, cardamon and coriander alongside fragrant bergamot, lemon and mandarin. Followed by watery florals and crisp cucumber, supported by a delicate base of amber, musk and precious woods.
Herb Garden rapeseed wax scented candle.
There's nothing better than the smell of fresh picked herbs. This fragrance combines the fresh aromas of rosemary, thyme, sage, and basil.
Elate & Co. sell a range of candles and herbal bath tea bags. Click here if you want to check out their full range on their website.