** 5/27/18 update: the giveaway has ended. congratulations Viviana. Your candle is on it's way to you.*
Have you ever walked into that White Barn candle place at the mall and felt like you couldn't breathe? That's a pretty obvious sign that traditional mainstream scented candles, room sprays, & reed diffusers are made with chemicals that are bad for you.
When I researched clean beauty products for the site earlier this year, I discovered that fragrance ingredients are exempt from the law that normally requires full disclosure of all ingredients on the label. This, unfortunately, means that ‘fragrance' listed in the ingredients on a candle or cosmetics label is usually a red flag for a group of ingredients that often contain hidden chemical & unsafe ingredients. One of the worst offenders are chemicals called phthalates.
Phthalates are so ubiquitous that traces of phthalates they are found in all humans, even newborn babies. It is a chemical that is also often used to make fragrances last longer, and when used in scented candles we breathe these chemicals into our bodies through our lungs where they wreak havoc on our endocrine system & disrupt our hormones. Of particular concern is how phthalates have been linked to low sperm counts and low testosterone levels in males.
Once I knew this I could no longer see burning my favorite candle as anything more than contributing to the toxic load in my body & my home environment. So I began looking for a new brand of naturally scented candles that:
- Do not use phthalates.
- Use only pure essential oils as fragrance.
I was shocked at how difficult it was to find scented candles that were phthalate free and made with essential oils. I did find one brand though that I wanted to tell you about. (No affiliation, I just love this company.)
P.F. Candle Company
P.F. Candle Company is an American owned company that makes incredibly wonderful-smelling candles. Their Terra line is the cleanest because they only use 100% natural fragrance oils & pure essential oils to fragrance them. Choosing to only purchase & burn phthalate-free candles is one simple choice you can make that has the potential to positively affect your health in the long run, and it supports the growth of companies that are committed to transparency & clean product making. I believe every step you take to safeguard your vitality & health is one worth taking.
how to find them
You can purchase P.F. Candles from Amazon with free prime shipping, (affiliate link) or directly from their site with $5 flat rate shipping (free for orders of $75 or more). They will send you a code for 10% off your first order when you subscribe to their newsletter. I'm always trying to source quality American companies that are taking the extra step to manufacture clean products to help you maximize your health & enjoy your life-toxin-free.
win a free Terra candle
I'm giving away a free Terra candle! To enter, hop on over to today's post on my Instagram page and follow the directions to enter to win.