** Warning: This Post Smells . . . . . great!! **
Since we're trying to keep things green around here we've banned all room sprays and home air fresheners.
I read an article that tested 14 different air fresheners , the study concluded that many contained chemicals that could cause developmental and reproductive problems, especially for infants. It highlighted the presence of phthalates, chemicals that manufacturers use as plastic softeners and to hold fragrances. California and Washington have banned the sale of children's toys containing phthalates because of their link to hormonal disruptions and I find it highly questionable that they wouldn't also ban air fresheners that contain the exact same chemical.
So no home air fresheners for us! Opening all the windows and doors is still my number one tip for scenting our home (no scent at all is the best scent for me). But during the Winter months opening all the windows for an hour or so isn't going to happen, so we needed to find a way to naturally scent our home without all the chemicals. In a perfect world I would bake a pie everyday and make our home smell like pie all the time, but I have neither the time, nor the waistline for that!
Moving on, (mmmmmmmm . . . pie)
A few months ago I did some research on the subject and found that SOY candles are the best way to scent your home without all the chemicals. Off on a mission I went looking for SOY candles and I found that . . . . . SOY candles are EXPENSIVE!! I had no idea. Paraffin Candles are remarkably cheaper than soy candles so I grabbed a $4 Paraffin Wax candles and came home content in the money I saved.
I smugly thought to myself "why would you spend twice as much for a soy candle?" So like the researcher I am, I looked it up!
Turns out there are A LOT of reasons to spend more on SOY!
- Soy wax is made from soybeans and vegetables, both renewable resources.
- Soy wax burns much cleaner and purer as it is all natural, non-toxic, and non-hazardous.
- This wax is biodegradable leading to reduced landfills.
- Soy wax residue can be washed away with warm water and soap.
- Purchasing soy products supports the soy farmers of America, which stimulates our economy and lessens dependence on international resources.
- Derived from petroleum, a limited resource
- The burning of paraffin wax contributes to indoor air contamination by emitting petro-chemicals causing soot deposits and carcinogenic particulate matter.
- This wax contains petroleum by-products and additives that inhibit biodegradability.
- Paraffin wax residue is quite troublesome, often impossible, to remove.
- Purchasing paraffin products not only supports our dependence on this crude oil but also supports an industry riddled with environmental faux pas.
So back to the store with my Paraffin Candle and receipt in hand to return my candle, and start the search again, this time for a soy candles at a reasonable price . . . I was the Goldilocks of Soy Candles for about a week straight. One smelt great but was too expensive, one was cheap but smelled awful, until finally a reasonably priced soy candle that smelt great, and I found it at HOMESENSE (Homegoods in the US) aaaahhhhhh . . . just right.
Therepe Fresh Sunwashed Linen! It smells lovely, not too much scent but just enough. And it burns evenly there is nothing I hate more than a candle that burns a hole straight down leaving walls of un-burnt candles wax . . . what a waste. But this one burnt all the wax up!
And remember that expensive but amazing smelling Soy Candle . . . it's from KISS MY FACE and it smells so amazing I could eat it. It is a bit pricey at $15 a candle. But still, I could smell it for dinner, seriously no dinner just candle smell! :)
If anyone has any suggestions on where to find well priced soy candles I'm all ears!! Share the smelly savings!! :)
I was in no way paid or perk'd for this post I just LOVE these candles.