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Do You Get Headaches From Candles? You Aren't 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!"
- Kaitlyn

"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!"
- Delaney


If you want to check them out for yourself please know I am happy to stand behind my product. If you find there’s a scent you are sensitive to, I will gladly refund or exchange it for you

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