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|Posted on 13 June, 2012 at 14:41||comments (99)|
Ugh. I saw some candles today that clearly stated, " pure essential oils insoy wax" that was labeled as an aromatherapy candle and had some nice verbiage on the back about the benefits of the essentials oils supposedly in the candles. I opened the box and bam! synthetic fragrance filled my lungs and eyes. Evidently there must be some essential oils in there somewhere but there was also lots of sickening, overpowering, synthetic fragrance also. Where is the truth in advertising? Who is regulating this? Obviously no one. How sad. By all outward accounts, these candles appeared to be 100% natural, plant based candles with JUST essential oils. What kind of aromatherapy is it if it kills you? I was sad to see this (I see it a lot but usually the labels say "with essential oils" or "essential oil blend", still deceiving but, I now know these deceiving terms and look for them). Of course, I can tell right away by smelling a candle whether it is real or not. Can you? I would love to here if others can tell, or if they think that maybe they are just allergic to certain flowers or the scent is to strong and that is what is bothering them rather than thinking that a company is deceiving them.
|Posted on 12 December, 2011 at 13:00||comments (1)|
How exciting it is to see my candles on other websites, in catalogs and in stores! Even more exciting is the fact that people are converting to sustainable, petroleum free, foreign material free, synthetic fragrance free candles! I want the world to be healthy for a very long time. Just thinking about the here and now doesn't work for me, especially since I have children so everyday I am reminded of what the future may bring. I know that candles are just a little start, but how wonderful it would be if everything were sustainable and not petroleum based and full of toxins?! Here are some amazing businesses, run by amazing people, that are devoted to selling only healthy, eco-friendly products. They sell my candles and two
|Posted on 3 October, 2011 at 1:39||comments (153)|
|Posted on 6 September, 2011 at 15:05||comments (99)|
|Posted on 28 May, 2011 at 19:42||comments (94)|
Being a candle maker, I am often checking out competition and one thing really drives me bonkers (well, not bonkers, but it bothers me!). That is the majority of candles that claim to be "aromatherapy" or "made with soy" or
"all natural". In order to be aromatherapy, a candle needs to actual have the true aroma (in other words, essential oils or essences) in the candle. I am amazed at how many candles have absolutely no real oil in them! Only synthetic fragrance derived from petroleum that is labeled TOXIC by the FDA (but candles and body products do not have to label it as so , they just have to put fragrance). The FDA has said that due to the low percentage of the synthetic fragrance, it does not have to be labeled. You will find synthetic, toxic, cancer causing fragrance in ORGANIC body products, Natural Soy Candles, Aromatherapy Candles/Body Products& Natural Home Products. This minuscule amount of fragrance can kill me! Or at least send me to the E.R.! What kind of "aromatherapy" is that?! Customers are becoming more aware of the dangers of burning paraffin candles but are still learning that most products still contain petroleum & phalates in the form of fragrance. All it takes is for us to get the word out! We like to trust our manufactures and the labels on items. Just like you read the ingredient list on foods, I highly recommend reading the ingredients on candles. If it doesn't say made of: 100% soy, Essential oils (or plant essences/botanicals), and a cleaner burning and sustainable cotton wick.......stay clear! Your lungs are at stake!
|Posted on 6 May, 2011 at 0:54||comments (92)|
Don't forget! Tomorrow is First Friday @ Milepost 5!! Come enjoy the festivities as artists throughout the complex open up their studios and let strangers in. Everyone is welcome and the retail shops (including mine, JUST THE GOOD STUFF), will often have sales and workshops, while the artists throughout the complex dull out treats and love to talk about their work. E.A.T. will most likely have a band playing on their stage and will, ofcourse, be serving their out-of-this-world food. See you there?
Milepost 5 is really easy to get to. Just take I-205 to the Glisan exit and go west. Turn right on NE 82nd Ave.. Go one block and turn left on Oregon St.. Find a place to park.
|Posted on 20 March, 2011 at 13:59||comments (95)|
Wanted to let everyone know to check back soon for my new WICKLESS massage candles and Aromatherapy Candles. You just place the elegant, wickless, soy candle on a warming plate and as it heats up, the organic aroma wafts throughout the rooms. The massage candle is then at the ready for impromptu massages rather than having to light it and wait for the "wax" pool to develop. You can keep your "candle" going throughout the day with no flame. Cool huh?
|Posted on 4 March, 2011 at 10:07||comments (106)|
Every once in a while, I forget how truly allergic I am to synthetic fragrance. After living for so many years not being able to be around fragrance and now, with my essential oils and organic, plant derived,natural fragances, being constantly surrounded by wonderful fragrance, I forget the affects synthetics have on me. And then I enter a building with a synthetic candle burning. Or perfume. Or try a lotion. I instantly can tell if the fragrance is synthetic or not. My throat starts to clam and tighten up, my breathing becomes labored, my head hurts and I feel sick. How many people have this same affect? I hope that my business grows expenentially. Not because I want $$ (although I surely don't mind) but because I want the air we breath to be fresh and healthy. I don't think most people understand what they are burning and putting in their air. After all, if a lotion says natural or a candle says natural, doesn't that mean it