“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle”
Candles are a serious Godsend when it comes to interior design; they’re often quite cost-effective, create a warm or relaxing ambiance & possess the ability to completely transform any space within your home. I mean seriously, who doesn’t love candles?! Not to mention, I’m nearly one hundred percent sure that candles are super great for the whole “Feng Shui” situation of your home… at least, I think that they are. Seems like this would be an accurate assumption, no? Anywho – today is obviously ALL about the candle, specifically what to look for & what to avoid!
Burn Notice: Candles 101
Don’t you just seriously love curling up by the fire, book in hand… irresistible candle a-glowing – whilst the overly obnoxious scent of something so utterly ludicrous like “Sunkissed Dew on A Midsummer Morning” fills your sensory glands with all of its chemical-laden glory? Samesies… samesies. Truth be told, I’m a total sucker for these types of candles. I mean the sole fact that magical scents like “Freshly Baked Cookies” can conveniently be packed into a candle for my lighting purposes whenever I want, sans the calories actually affiliated with consumption of said “freshly baked cookies”, is just the actual best.
Well, reality check friends… these scented candles have the potential to emit some seriously hazardous chemicals into your home. Ugh, major le sigh. It’s been shown that parafin wax candles release harmful chemicals like benzene and toluene which can trigger migraines, breathing problems, asthma & even developmental difficulties. Yikes!
Well GREAT news for all of my fellow candle groupies out there, because there are definitely some healthier alternatives on the market! Try looking for fragrance-free, beeswax OR soy based candles.. similar to the ones below:
Natural Candle Alternatives
1. Cheeky Bee Candles – Okay first off, one this name is insanely adorable and TWO Cheeky Bee Candles offer up a clean, natural and environmentally sound alternative to paraffin candles. These candles are handmade right here in Ontario from 100% pure beeswax, which is sourced from local & environmentally aware farmers. Plus, I can’t even tell you how obsessed I am with the scent of these beeswax candles. I may, or may not stand by them in the aisles of Ambrosia for an awkward period of time just to be completely engulfed in their wonderful aroma.
2. Yummi Candles – We also carry these soy candles at Ambrosia! What’s so great about soy candles you ask? Well, soy based candles are made from vegetable oil, as opposed to petroleum oil like paraffin candles, making them cleaner & naturally biodegradable! Not to mention, soy candles actually do not require chemicals in order to create scent… some of my personal FAV scents from Ambrosia are “White Linen” or “Baked Spice”!
Fun fact of the day: Soy based candles burn on average about 50% longer than your standard conventional candle… could you just imagine what you could do with all of that extra burning time?! Oh, the possibilities!
Other Alternatives ** All of the wonderful candle scent… without the actual candle itself!
1. Aroma Simmer Pots – I blogged about these aroma simmer pots a couple of weeks ago on the blog, which you can read about here. I love this idea, because it’s completely all-natural & non-toxic, PLUS you can switch up the scents, literally whenever you may please! I’m a fan of a rosemary, cinnamon combination with some form of citrus element!
2. Essential Oil Diffusers – I love using essential oils like peppermint or lavender in my diffuser because they have this wonderful calming effect on both the body & your senses. Ambrosia carries this particularly great diffuser gift set from AromaForce which couldn’t be more perfect for the holiday season! Both for your friends… or to spoil yourself.
What are some of your favourite non-toxic candles?!