Something I love during the Fall and Winter is lighting a candle, putting on some jazz or acoustic music and snuggling up with a cup of tea and a great book. Cheesy, I know, but I just can’t help it! The warm smells from the candle just help set the relaxing mood and help me unwind. Candles remind me of home and happy memories growing up. Personally my favorite scents have been those of spicy-sweet cinnamon, pine, and yuzu (it’s a citrusy smell).

As I got older I have gotten into wax melts at different points in time which are great, but honestly nothing beats a candle for me. The pretty flame and jars always do me in, sometimes I just stare at the flame flickering.

However, as I began my health and wellness journey I learned that not all candles are created equal. I began to learn that the wonderful scents that were given off were more toxic and bad for my health than I would have ever thought. Not only the candles, but even the sprays and air fresheners that were throughout my home. This article discusses how the chemicals found in these items emit formaldehyde and other industrial chemicals that can damage our DNA causing tumors, respiratory problems, and other health issues. The studies also revealed that you don’t even need to light them for the damage to begin happening; when we touch the candles it has been shown that chemicals  are being absorbed through our skin and going into our bloodstream!

I don’t know about you, but after reading about this I was so sad. Personally, I did not feel that it was worth the risk to continue burning candles. I would rather go without my Autumn smells than have health issues down the road. So, I decided to get rid of my candles and opt to curl up with the tea minus the candle. I have to be honest though, the mood just isn’t the same! Thankfully I was not to be without a solution! There are some companies that are beginning to come out of the woodwork not accepting that candles must be made with these dangerous chemicals. Good Nature Essentials is one of those companies.

We pride ourselves on providing you with candles that you can light with peace of mind for you and your family. So go ahead and enjoy your candle-complementary moments with a peace of mind, I know I will!

Erica Roy

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