First off, our candles are made by the owner, Kim here in Chicago. The candles are all made out of 100% USA grown soy wax and they are hand poured.
Soy Wax Candles vs. Paraffin Wax Candles
Now let us get to the fun stuff. Incase you did not know, most candles on the market today are made out of paraffin wax. In case you were not aware, paraffin wax is a petroleum by-product that is designed from the slime waste following the crude oil refining process. If it sounds pretty gross, it’s because it is! To top it all off, paraffin consists of highly toxic chemicals such as benzene and toluene. While burning a paraffin candle will not immediately kill you, it can result in some pretty serious health complications down the line. We decided to go the safe route and use soy wax instead.
Soy wax consists of a natural soy oil which comes from soy beans. Soy wax is non-toxic, eco-friendly, and renewable. Soy wax candles burn cleaner. They also last way longer due to their lower melting temperatures!
Soy wax does not produce petrol-carbon soot while burning. In case you did not know what petrol soot is, it is the black stains that are left behind after burning candles. For those who may have breathing problems such as asthma, this is especially important for you! Avoid paraffin candles if you want to keep your home and your lungs pollution-free.
Synthetic Fragrance Oils vs Essential Fragrance Oils
We only use natural essential fragrance oils in our candles. What’s the difference you may ask? Well most candles are made with synthetic fragrance oil. Yes, they may possess a stronger fragrance and are much cheaper. Synthetic oils are also derived from petroleum (just like paraffin wax). With that being said, if you suffer from allergies, you may want to consider staying away from synthetic fragrances.
On the other hand, essential oils are of course, natural, and more than likely plant-based. They also have a much more subtle scent. Our candles here at At Home Scents still have a strong of enough aroma to fill your whole room, but it will not overwhelm you.
Now that you are equipped with a couple of facts on what makes our candles so special, we hope that you enjoy and appreciate our beautiful candles. If you already have one, go ahead and light it up, and if you haven’t, you should order one now!