All of our candles are handmade by Ingrid in our Brooklyn, NY studio. You can learn more about our founder here.
Great question! Let's break it down:
WAX: We use 100% soy wax that's made here in the U.S. Soy candles are great because they burn slow and even, which means they last longer overall.
WICKS: We use flat braided cotton wicks with a paper core. All of our wicks are lead and zinc free.
FRAGRANCES: Only premium, phthalate free and paraben free fragrance oils are used in our candles. These oils are made from a combination of essential oils and synthetic oils.
CONTAINERS: Our 7oz. cans are made from stainless steel and composed of 25% post-consumer waste + fully recyclable or reusable.
SHIPPING BOXES + PACKAGING: All of our boxes and paper cushioning can be recycled/reused. You can also recycle our notecards. When packing orders, we try to use the least amount of shipping materials possible. We take a no-frills approach – you'll only find what's needed to keep your items secure during transit. This reduces packaging buildup on our end and yours.
There are several reasons for this:
SAFETY: We only use fragrance oils that are specifically formulated for candles and scented home goods. Sometimes this means there are synthetic ingredients used to stabilize the natural ingredients, which makes them safe to use.
CREATIVITY: Natural oils have a very limited number of scent profiles. Synthetic fragrance oils allow for more possibilities and complex scent combinations. Basically, if you can imagine it, you can make it! This makes the creation process more fun and results in more unique product.
SCENT THROW: Soy wax is notorious for being difficult when it comes to carrying fragrance. On top of that, natural oils alone have a really hard time binding with soy wax. This means if you make a candle using only essential oils, you may notice that it smells great when it's not lit, but once it's burning there might be little to no scent. We want you to have a candle that's both safe and fragrant – using synthetic oils makes this possible.
SUSTAINABILITY: Did you know it takes about three pounds of lavender to make just 0.5oz. of lavender essential oil? Imagine what would be needed to make the hundreds of ounces used in candle making! Synthetic fragrance oils allow us to enjoy scents that we love (like lavender) but through a more controlled and sustainable manufacturing process.
We love this question! Ingrid spent a lot of time testing different vessels, but stainless steel ended up being her favorite. Here's why:
SUSTAINABILITY: Our 7oz. cans are made from 25% post-consumer waste. It is fully recyclable/reusable. If you choose to recycle your container, all you have to do is clean it out and add it to your regular recycling bin for cans. Additionally, we love that stainless steel is infinitely recyclable – making it the most recycled material on the planet.
DURABILITY: It's not fun to eagerly await a package only to receive a box filled with broken glass. Our metal containers are lightweight and durable, which give us more peace of mind that your order will be secure during transit and it'll arrive at your doorstep free of damage.
LESS PACKAGING: Since metal containers are lighter and more durable than glass, we're able to use less packaging all-around to keep our candles secure in transit.
BUILT-IN SNUFFER: Each container comes with a lid that you can use to snuff out your candle. Snuffing is better (and safer) than blowing out a candle because it reduces smoke and prevents hot wax from accidentally going everywhere.
We know the fragrance you choose to bring into your home is deeply personal. Our candles are made to have a great scent throw that can easily fill up an average sized bedroom.