Why We Make Skylar Candles Paraffin Free

Candles are the perfect partner to a relaxing bubble bath, a good book, or a zen moment. At Skylar, when we asked our community what we should create next - candles were the top choice! And as part of our mission to inspire self-care and confidence in women everywhere, we couldn't think of a better partner in our Skylar gals' journey to self-care than a Skylar candle. And, knowing the unhealthy practices of the majority of the fragrance industry, we knew we had to do it.

A couple of facts...

Brands do not have to disclose the ingredients in their candles (including paraffin).

Brands do not have to disclose the ingredient list on candles, there are no regulations in place that require such disclosure. Crazy, right? What that means is there is no need to tell consumers that their candles do in fact have paraffin (and we'll get into what paraffin actually is shortly). In fact, when brands do not say explicitly “paraffin-free”, they likely do use paraffin. 

95% of candles on the market today are made with paraffin.

What most people don't realize is that paraffin is a petrochemical - a chemical obtained from petroleum, coal or shale. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum – a non renewable resource often used for the oil and gas industry. Yes, paraffin wax is actually obtained by dewaxing light lubricating oil stocks.

Petroleum, as we all know, is a resource extracted from the Earth, and as such, there is only a finite supply of it - making it a non-renewable resource. Paraffin, therefore, is not an eco-friendly base for candles.

Additionally, several university-level studies have shown that inhaling petrochemicals and ingredients derived from petrochemicals (like paraffin) can potentially cause health issues. 

At Skylar, we think you should be able to breathe easy when you strike a match and light your candles - not worried about what you're inhaling and how it's impacting you or the earth. That's why we formulate our candles with soy and coconut wax. Renewable, sustainable resources that are natural (and safe). We're proud to be part of the only 5% of candles around that offer this better-for-you alternative, and combined with our hypoallergenic, signature scents, we know you'll be transported to your moment of zen.

Check out our collection and smell the difference for yourself.



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