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Today let’s talk about candles. You may be wondering what candles have to do with wellness. Or maybe you’re thinking this is a post about relaxation and how candles can help. While this could be a post about that, it isn’t (maybe I’ll do a relaxation series soon).
Instead, I’ve chosen to try out and write about candles and environment toxicity.
One of the biggest changes I’ve instituted in my life over the past year or so is trying to eliminate toxins not only from my food choices, but also from my cleaning supplies, makeup, skincare, etc. I’ve learned so much about how toxins enter our bodies and the effects on our health.
As I learned more about the cosmetics and skincare brands that use petroleum and mineral oil as well as the toxicity of these ingredients, I learned something very surprising. Paraffin wax, which is the wax used in most readily-available candles, is a byproduct of the petroleum industry when crude oil is refined into gasoline. Think about that one for a second.
Other than just generally grossing me out, what’s the harm in paraffin wax candles? When they’re burned, they release harmful amounts of carcinogens and chemicals known to trigger asthma attacks, such as toluene and benzene as well as formaldehyde and lead (while lead banned in the candles themselves, it can still be found in many wicks).
The soot and fumes are not unlike those released from diesel engines and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. Yikes!!
I grew up burning candles all the time – I adore them! So when I learned about the dangers of paraffin wax, I was discouraged at first and then started doing some research. If you’re interested in reading the full EPA report, download it here. I was so excited to find out that soy and beeswax candles are healthy alternatives to paraffin wax candles.
When I was given the opportunity through my ambassadorship with Girls Gone Sporty to try out Diamond Candles, I was THRILLED to learn their candles are all-natural made with soy wax and with cotton wicks that contain no lead. That, plus knowing there would be a ring inside my candle was enough to have me itching with excitement to try them out.
After checking out all the scents on the website, I decided to go with Apple Slice in honor of the fall season. After I placed my order it was only a couple of days before my shipment arrived!
Another advantage of soy candles is that they burn longer than paraffin wax candles and Diamond Candles are quite large so you get many hours of candle burning (but you don’t have to get through the entire candle before your ring reveal). Of course when my candle arrived I did the only logical thing and lit it immediately.
By flipping the candle around you can see approximately where your ring will be in its foil pouch. That only made my excitement grow and while some people scoop their ring out immediately with a spoon, I decided to let my burn down until I could reach it with tweezers.
The candle smelled amazing, so I burned it every chance I had, though my trip to the Healthy Living Summit meant it went unburned for several days. Finally, after a few weeks of watching my ring get closer and closer to the top of the wax. Finally, it was time for the reveal!
I grabbed some tweezers and pulled out the little foil package that I knew contained a ring that would be worth somewhere between $10-5,000.
When my ring was revealed, I was so excited!!! There was no imprint in the band, so it’s certainly no one of the expensive rings, but it is gorgeous!
A health-friendly candle that smells amazing and contains gorgeous ring, what more could you ask for? I am still burning my Diamond Candle every chance I get and can’t wait to order my next one. I’d love for you all to have a chance to try them as well, so I’m excited to share that Diamond Candles will be giving one of my readers their candle for free! Just enter the giveaway below to be entered. I’ll select a winner on Tuesday, November 12.
If you try out Diamond Candles, or if you’ve tried them out before, I’d love to hear what you think! If you’d like to read more about paraffin wax, please see the references below.
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