Shedding Light: What’s Really Burning in Your Candles?

by Guest Blogger on December 18, 2012 · 6 comments

by Ava Anderson

What’s In a Candle?

Many candles are made from paraffin wax, metal wicks, synthetic fragrance & dyes and BHT’s – among other toxins – which release harmful chemicals directly into the air we breathe.

DID YOU KNOW? Paraffin is toxic

The process of making paraffin wax starts at the bottom of the barrel – literally, the bottom of an oil barrel.  After petroleum is processed into diesel gasoline; motor oil; kerosene; and other fuels, the waste that has been rejected by the gasoline industry is then whitened with industrial strength bleach.  Next, a few additional ingredients are added and finally you have the very wax that is burning inside your homes.  The soot created by paraffin wax contains the same toxins found in diesel fuel.

Paraffin wax contains 11 known toxins while burning including: toluene, benzene, and formaldehyde; all of which are known carcinogens. One study by researchers at the University of Michigan found that candles made from paraffin wax give off emissions that exceed the EPA’s standards for outdoor air quality. Hence, when you’re burning paraffin based candles, you’re breathing in all of these toxins and polluting your indoor air.

What’s Ava’s Solution?

Ava has done the research once again, and recently launched three new organic coconut wax candles to burn brightly (and safely) this holiday season and throughout the year! Organic coconut wax comes from the process of cold pressing the oil out of the meat of the coconut, then cleaning and filtering the wax until you are left with a beautiful white, creamy, dreamy wax that is clean, natural, and healthy.

These candles come in three scents, CINNAMON VANILLA, COCONUT LIME and GREEN TEA LEMONGRASS and they burn bright for 45-50 hours.  The candles are set in a beautiful class cube which makes a perfect gift for this holiday – or any season! Visit us to learn more HERE.  Shine on!

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Christy December 20, 2012 at 8:26 am

Right again Ava Anderson! Thanks so much for your contributions to educating unknowing consumers! I am in awe. LOVE your products. Just earned your candles through hosting a party!!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Ron & Lisa December 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Yeah Christy! It’s so fantastic that more people are becoming aware of the dangerous toxins found in so many of our everyday household + personal care products. Knowledge truly is power. And, special thanks to Ava Anderson for providing such superb solutions :)


zarah September 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

My family loves Ava’s candles, we especially love that they are hand poured by active military wives and are non toxic! She also has the tart warmers which are hostess gifts, no more toxic Scentsy! Thank you Ava for all you do!


Michelle October 25, 2014 at 11:11 am

So, is this the same paraffin used to soften feet/hands in spas? !


Ron & Lisa October 26, 2014 at 3:15 pm

Great question Michelle…and YES! It’s the same – petroleum derived paraffin. They make it sound so healthy. Try coconut oil instead – its soo moisturizing and 100% natural :)


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