Do you get headaches from candles? You're not alone!
I used to burn a lot of candles without really thinking about what was in them or what they were doing to the air in my home.
I had a huge collection of 3-wick candles and my absolute favourite season was Winter - so I’d stock up and burn them year round! It wasn’t until early 2017 when I put any thought into my candle obsession. I was part way through my pregnancy and started noticing changes in how my body was reacting to candles. Every time I’d light up a candle it was an instant headache - minutes into the burn, as the scent filled the room, the discomfort would start to creep in.
Ignoring it at first, I persevered. I’d burn candles for a few minutes at a time, and go days or weeks between lighting them up. I figured that my pregnancy was just making me too sensitive to the smells.
Eventually, I stopped trying.
I gave away my big collection to friends and settled into my candle-less life, figuring “oh well, not worth the headache.”
But, I did miss the glow!
Slowly, I started burning unscented candles. Thinking, again, that it was just too much smell in my house. While it’s nice to get the flicker of a candle, I really did miss exploring all the different scents. Slowly again, I started looking for alternatives.
I figured “candle making can’t be that hard! I’ll make my own unscented candles.” And so I did. And let me tell you.. Simple and easy are two very different things. Through a lot of experimentation I found my preferred production of my very own candles.
It might not surprise you to know that a candlemaker has a lot of candle obsessed friends. So in the midst of making myself unscented candles, I thought I’d try out some new scent blends for them! I finally started thinking more about what went into a candle, and what I wanted to put into mine.
After reading about and testing different kinds of wax and scents, I landed on soy wax and phthalate-free fragrances. The soy wax vs paraffin wax debate in candles is an old one. In addition to the many differences usually shared, I found the most important one to me - no headaches! Even using scents I found I had absolutely no problem burning my soy wax candles scented with high quality fragrance oils.
That experiment in looking for a way to enjoy candles has led me here, The Copper Bell. I am proud of the product I’ve created and am so excited I’ve been able to share it with people who are just like me.
Here’s a few comments from other scent sensitive people who have been able to enjoy the products I create:
"Typical candles used to cause me headaches, so I tried scentsy warmers. Still no good. I haven't used candles in a long time until I stumbled across yours, and let me tell you I'm hooked!"
"I encourage everyone to try your candles. I've tried other soy based candles but they don't compare to yours. Yours are the best!"
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