Professionals have quoted that candles have been lighting our way for around 5000 years. Even after the invention of electricity, candles have burned their way through special occasions such as ceremonies, birthdays and romantic dinners as well as burning certain candles to please our senses.
Fast forward to the 21st Century and here we have ‘Dayna Decker Candles’. Her Chandel Collection has been developed from ancient candle techniques. The creamy wax is made from 100% essential oils and natural resins while the non-transparent wax is made from a soy and palm mix.
Made from organic wood by way of natural manufacturing processes, the ‘EcoWood Wick’ burns much less carbon footprint than your usual cotton wick.
I’ve been lighting my Dayna Decker Botanika Chandel Leila Candle for near on a week and the beautiful aroma that it permeates throughout my home is just divine.
I feel that sinus allergy sufferers will have no worries in using ‘Botanika Chandel Leila’. I burn my candle for an hour or two each day; making sure to keep it away from the open window and curtain etc.
I can hear a faint crackling sound coming from the wick. If you have an open fire place the sound will be very familiar to you. The flame from the candle wick is easily distinguished by blowing it out and once the wick is cooled and hardened I break off the blackened part so that it will be much easier to light for its next use.
Where to Order
The Beauty Box, Beauty In Style and Celadon Spa sell EcoWood Wick Candles on Amazon.
Celadon Spa does not ship worldwide as The Beauty Box and Beauty In Style do.
You will find Dayna’s EcoWood Wick Candles sold on eBay.
History of Candles
In ancient times, candles were made from natural sources such as from plants and insects. Beeswax and tallow (a solid fatty matter created from animal fat) made their debut for candle making somewhere amid 500AD and 1400AD.
Then in the 1850’s Paraffin Wax was introduced by a few ‘bright sparks’ who found out how to separate the waxy substance from petroleum and refine it. It was more economical for them to mass produce candles this way and their money making scheme blind sighted them of the dangers from using these types of candles.
Dangers of Paraffin Wax
You need to be aware of what you are burning and that the majority of candles on today’s market are not fit for human usage.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cautions that burning paraffin candles or candles which have been blended with paraffin do emit small harmful amounts of toxins in the air. Some of the toxins include benzene and toluene which have been declared as cancer causing agents.
Soot (a black powdery substance) from these candles produces the same soot as exhaust fumes from a diesel engine and is regarded to be just as dangerous as second hand smoke is to non-smokers; causing problems from headaches to lung cancer. Paraffin vapor has been found to induce tumors in the kidneys and livers of lab animals.
Be aware too of artificial coloring in candles. The toxins from them may pose a health risk.
National Candles Association: “History of Candles.”
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) : “Candles And Incense As Potential Sources of Indoor Air Pollution: Market Analysis and Literature Review. “ (PDF)