What's in your Candle?

I've done a bit (read: excessive) of research through each of my pregnancies on harmful chemicals found inside the home, both on how it can affect a pregnant or nursing mother and newborns into curious toddlers. The results were overwhelming. There were carcinogenic ingredients in every single thing it seemed. 

Now, I hope to never push advice, products, or opinions on any of my friends or readers- and there is a fine balance between living life and making the best consumer decisions for your family. It takes a lot of time and dedication to "go green" or "eat clean" and every other classification of being health-conscious. What ultimately matters is that you're happy and meeting the needs of your family, organic or GMO or whatever!

So, continuing on:

Once I learned how to read a label, I was able to distinguish and decide on household cleaners, beauty products, packaged food, etc. But, one thing a label can't tell me much of is on a candle.
Paraffin wax is created as a result of crude oil and petroleum refining and is then combined with bleach, carcinogens, artificial fragrance and color to make a candle marketed for you burn in your home, which manages to release toxic fumes and more carcinogens to anyone who smells or inhales the candle and leaves soot,  scattered like dust, on the walls and surfaces of your home. What I have learned about candle labels, if it doesn't say it's made with soy or beeswax, it's probably made with paraffin wax.

Downtown Candle Company reached out to lifestyle bloggers to test and review their candles, and I was thrilled to get the chance. Downtown Candle Company hand-pours soy wax candles with wood wicks and offers a variety of different collections- including a wine collection! (What?!) My husband enjoys a Cabernet, so he enjoyed a glass while smelling their Cab candle, and it smells great! Not overpowering or too alcohol-smelling like I was worried about. I highly recommend you check them out! 

I'd like to thank Downtown Candle Company for providing me with free candles to sample, smell, and review.