What  you  need  to  know
 about  Candles  &  Wicks 

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As consumers ourselves, we understand the importance of knowing exactly what kind of products
you are using in your home, and how safe they are.  An informed consumer is a wise consumer!
We'd like to make sure you have all the information you need to feel comfortable with our products.

In today's health conscious society, it seems that a new concern develops daily.  Whether it be cellular phones, microwaves, airborne carpet fibers, second hand smoke, aeresol sprays, pesticides, etc.
Unfortunately, many of the things we do every day can have an adverse effect on our health.
But not all are as bad as you might be made to think....

Recently there have been some negative reports in the media concerning candles.  Television and newspaper reports have made claims that "candle wicks that have a metal wire in the middle are made of lead", which emits harmful and toxic fumes when burned.  Inhaling such fumes could pose a health risk.  They warn consumers to avoid any candles that have these wires in the wick and not to buy or burn them in their homes.

Fortunately, this is not true in most cases.  These reports are based on incomplete information from limited sources.  The fact is, that in 1974 the candle industry voluntarily agreed to cease the use of lead core wicks, even though they had not been officially deemed a health hazard by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission).  Lead core wicks were commonly used over 20 years ago because the lead burned hot and produced a nice even, full melt pool in container candles.  Since then, the manufacturers in this country have stopped producing lead core wicks, and candlemakers have switched to zinc and tin cores.  While we do know that some less expensive imported candles may still contain lead wicks, we can assure you that the candles you purchase from our company do not.  In fact, in an effort to rid store shelves of all lead core wicks, The National Candle Association, which makes up about 95% of the candle industry in the United States, is supporting a full ban on any imported or domestic candles containing lead core wicks.  To help you understand exactly what wicks are made of, we've listed below the different types of wicks used to make candles today.

  1. 1)  Zinc Core - These are cotton wicks with a thin metal wire core made of Zinc.
  2. 2)  Tin Core - These are also cotton wicks with a thin metal wire core made of Tin.
  3. 3)  Paper Core - These are cotton wicks with a core made of a stiff paper, like cardboard.
  4. 4)  Coreless Cotton - These are completely cotton braided wicks and contain no core material.
  5. 5)  Hemp Core - These are available in cotton braid with hemp core, or in 100% hemp braid.
Zinc and Tin both contain only trace amounts of lead, less than the amount found in an average suburban soil sample.  Zinc contains even less than the maximum allowance for drinking water!

Candles have been around forever, and when used properly, can be safely enjoyed in any home.
Following these proper candle burning guidelines will help ensure a better burning candle and greatly reduce the risk of smoke or fire damage:

Happy & Safe Candle Burning!