• Amy Ray

Ditch & Switch ~ Candles

Coming back from vacation left me motivated to reassess our finances and trim unnecessary expenses. You know, those automatic ones that you sign up for here and there that nickel and dime you to death?💸 Or picking up specials that boast quantity, without the quality? 🤑🕯

Take note of the quality that you want from what you surround your family with and look at unintended consequences of trying to find the seemingly cheapest way out. There has been a lot of discussion and studies around parafin candle wax. The way that it is treated can result in questionable concerns in the air. However, My main focus is on the fragrance component.  Fragrance is a simple word that encompasses any number of chemicals.  The EPA defines fragrance as “a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne (including those used in other products) its distinct scent. Fragrance ingredients may be derived from petroleum or natural raw materials.”  "In addition to not knowing what exactly is in fragrance, many of the chemicals in fragrances are untested.  While the chemical makeup of the fragrances is kept secret, we do know, however, that most fragrances contain parabens and phthalates. Phthalates are added to make the scent last longer." (Living Naturally Today, August 2019).  To learn more about Phthalates, check out this article from the Environmental Working Group.

Personally scented candles give me a headache, and I feel they leave the air with an almost heavy feeling residue.  When I diffuse essential oils, I know that I am exposing my home to something 100% pure and plant based, and that it also has the ability to cleanse the air as well as support my families immune system and emotional health.  I am constantly amazed and heartened by the natural choices that we make to support our families health and not sacrifice the feel good things :) What chemicals have you removed from your home? 🙌

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