Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Candlelight Vigil

Listen to my name-twin sing. I love her voice.

I am holding a candlelight vigil . . . for my candles. And my beloved Scentsy bars. May they rest in peace. God bless their waxy hearts.

The reason being is that the majority of candles and wax bars are made with paraffin or soy wax and scented with chemicals. And that means . . . TOXIC RED FLAG.

Paraffin candles are petroleum derived and release chemicals like benzene, toluene, soot, etc. These types of candles are harmful for indoor air quality and should be avoided, especially if you have asthma or allergies.

Soy candles, while a better choice than paraffin, are really just as bad: the soy candles can have as much as 50% paraffin wax mixed in AND even if it's 100% soy wax, the chemical fragrances are far from natural.

And the same thing applies to 100% beeswax candles: while it may be 100% beeswax, artificial color and fragrances are usually added. 100% pure beeswax candles require no added fragrances or dyes, because the pollen and honey content of the wax offer a natural yellow-gold color and a light, sweet fragrance.

Beeswax candles also burn with almost no smoke or scent and clean the air by releasing negative ions into the air. Just like my salt lamp, remember?

So I collected all of my candles and checked the labels: all were paraffin wax and all used artificial fragrance.

The same went for my Scentsy bars. 


This is going to be so hard because you know what, I kid you not, I'm about to become a Scentsy Independent Consultant. 

Because I love it that much. 

I'll update you on whether or not I can justify burning beeswax in my own home and selling posion bars to everyone else. 

I still need some time to think about that one.

I have delayed this post for a while because I've been waiting on these little guys to show up.

I came across a great Esty shop based in Australia called AromaBee.

Beeswax can be very pricey and these are the cheapest I have found. They are scented with essential oils and are 100% therapeutic grade beeswax. They have candles, melts and solid perfume.

I ordered three melts and they threw in a solid perfume! Great marketing!

I ordered Bee Relaxed, Bee Energized and Bee Uplifted. The free solid perfume was scented with lemongrass.

Now, I will say I expected these to be much larger. As you can see, it is much smaller than a Scentsy bar.

The AromaBee melts were $2.15 each, cheaper than Scentsy bars, but again smaller. I think it averages out being about the same price considering beeswax is more expensive.

Also, I'm afraid I'll only get a few uses out each melt, but I might add a few EO drops of my own when the fragrance wears off.

There is another Etsy shop that I have my eye on for candles. Noble & Co. from Canada looks to have some great high quality, no fragrance added candles.

I think the number one thing I will miss is the fragrance. You know . . . the fresh baked banana bread, the cinnamon apple and the tropical citrus.

Maybe I can convince Scentsy to start making less toxic fragrances so I won't feel guilty about selling it. Fingers crossed!

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