Fragrance with a conscience

The feel-good emotions linked with so many smells can lure us into buying all manner of amazingly-scented candles. And why not go a little candle cray? Candles are a bit like flowers. They’re pretty, sensory-appealing, fun, but not actually necessary - unless the electricity goes out (the candles would be helpful in that situation not the flowers, just to clear that up!). Candles may fall in the luxury category, but why not enjoy them?

They set a relaxing mood, they make your room smell fab, their soft light makes a home feel cozy, and the smells… well, there ain’t nothing wrong with a home that smells good.

We're proud to use fragrance oils that are free from Phthalates & Parabens, but watch out for candles that contain them.

Phthalates are found in many other cosmetic products as well as conventional candles.  The chemical Diethyl Phthalate (DEP), is widely used to make the scent in fragrance oils last longer.  DEP can be disguised on the products ingredient list as 'fragrance', so you may not even think it is being used in that product.  Phthalates are endocrine disruptors, interfering with hormones and hormone functions.

Parabens can also be hormone disruptors, used as preservatives in the some candle products.

Handmade scented soy wax candles in the UK

The benefits of synthetic fragrances

Synthetic fragrances last longer than natural fragrances, which fade quickly because they lack the non-synthetic fixatives, which stabilise a scent’s vitality and help to release a scent slowly over a period of time. This renders any fragrance richer and denser than any natural aroma could ever hope to be. In addition, the roster of natural ingredients is limited to florals, botanicals or musks, while synthetic scents can be blended with essential oils to create countless variations.

Practically speaking, dozens of compounds comprise natural ascents, which we can create with just a single molecule.