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With all of the brands, packaging and fragrances abound, it's quite easy to become overwhelmed when shopping for a candle. For some, this uncertainty will result in a purchase that is later regretted, while others will leave the store empty-handed.

For those of you who have found yourself in this dilemma, we've created a few helpful tips to consider when purchasing a candle. This post will focus on raw materials.

Raw materials are the basic items used to make a product. In this example, it includes the wax, the wick, and the fragrance.

Wax. The two most popular choices of wax are paraffin and soy. Paraffin wax is a by-product of petroleum and is used by a large number of candle companies because of its low cost and the high number of fragrance oils formulated for its use.

Soy wax is plant-based and is made from soybeans. A smaller number of candle companies use soy wax because it's eco-friendly and produces a slower burn.

Wick. The most common type of wick used by candle companies is made from braided cotton. Wood is another material used to make candle wicks. A wooden wick offers a natural alternative to traditional candles. When lit, it produces a soft crackling sound reminiscent of a wood-burning fireplace.

Fragrance. Phthalates are a group of man-made chemical compounds that are used to make household and personal care products. When used in a fragrance, its purpose is to help the scent last longer. (Note: Exposure to low levels of phthalates as it relates to human health is unknown. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that more research is needed to assess the effects of exposure to phthalates on human health.)

Not all fragrances include phthalates. Some are phthalate-free and contain all-natural fragrance oils that are derived from natural sources and infused with essential oils.

Candle companies strive to make the best products for their customers. Ultimately, the decision lies with you as to your preference and stance. This post was created to share a few helpful tips to make the candle shopping experience more fun and less daunting for you.


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