Pipo and I bought our condo 4 years ago at the height of the market here in So. Cal. (not the brightest move). Although we love our little place, we can't help but dream about being able to buy something bigger and more permanent someday. But, that someday can seem so far away. While we're here, we've been hesitant to put any major dinero into it and have opted to save for the next place instead. Because of this, I try to keep my decorating dreams under control so as not to make myself (or Pipo) crazy. But, today our neighbor put his same model condo up for sale at a not-so-depressing price. This has brought a small glimmer of hope into our lives. If they can sell for close to what they are asking, we may actually have a chance of doing the same sometime in the not-so-distant future. And so I dream again... starting with the kitchen.
After readingmultiple articles online about how terrible parafinn candles are for the air quality in your home, out went our petroleum-based paraffin candles & the search began for healthier alternatives.
Excerpt from Snuff Out Those Paraffin Candles: "A new study from the American Chemical Society has linked paraffin candles with possible health problems. Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct. In fact, it is the last byproduct removed in the refining process, right after asphalt. The fumes released by paraffin candles are similar to the fumes emitted by burning diesel."
Excerpt from Detox Your Home: Light Petroleum-Free Candles: "Alone, soot particles pack a boatload of carcinogens, neurotoxins, and reproductive toxins - but throw in some synthetic fragrances that contain hormone-disrupting phthalates, as well as chemical fixatives, synthetic glosses, and dioxin-bleached wicks with lead-based wire cores, and you've got a lethal chemical cocktail that can prove hazardous to your health."
Both soy wax and beeswax are good clean-burning alternatives. I prefer soy wax since it is also vegan.
So the search begins to find a good source for new candles. I started with Etsy, for all of the obvious reasons (handmade, supports local artists, etc.) and focused on the following criteria: 1. 100% soy wax 2. Scented using essential oils 3. Pretty packaging 4. Good selection of scents (outside of aromatherapy) 5. Selection of types (pillars, votives, etc.)