When did you start making candles?
We started making candles in 2014 because Sarah was getting headaches from petroleum based candles. We found out that that was the reason through a process of troubleshooting with our family doctor. We had already gotten rid of gluten, added sugar, and dairy from our diet, and yet the headaches persisted! Then one day he mentioned a lot of his patients were getting headaches from store bought candles and said the reason was because they were made from a petroleum based wax! After we got rid of those candles from our house we still wanted to burn candles. Sarah found out through research online that it's possible to make a soy based candle as a safer alternative to petrolem.
Do your candles have essential oils in them?
We've tested with straight essential oils only in candles and have found that they are just not compatible. Through our testing, we have found that they have a good cold throw before you light them, but once they start to burn, you may get very little scent. At the worst, you may get a fuel-like smell. Because of that we use fragrance oils that have essential oils in them and they work amazing for candles.
The reason we started making these candles is because the primary component of a candle is the wax, and most candle wax is petroleum based. Those were giving my wife headaches and these don’t. My wife is the biggest test for our fragrances, if it bothers her, we don't make it!
Can you use these candles as a lotion/
Yes! The oils we use are also hand-safe (unless indicated in the listing very few are not) so that means you can use them as a hand lotion. Soy wax is naturally a hand moisturizer so that means you can enjoy the benefits of your soy candle and help heal the cracks in your skin that come with the dryer months!