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Natural vs. Synthetic Fragrances

Updated: Oct 31, 2019

The most frequent question that fans of the traditional retail scented paraffin candles ask is regarding the strength of our scents. Why do candles you can buy in every mall smell so much stronger than the safer, more expensive soy or coconut-based luminaries that you can purchase at thoughtful artisans like Sanari?

The answer is chemical, and to be honest, those stronger smelling scents not found in nature are harmful to your health.

Environmental pollutants expert Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil engineering and the chair of sustainable cities at the University of Melbourne, says candles may emit numerous types of potentially hazardous chemicals because they are derived from natural gas and petroleum.

These "petrochemicals" include benzene, toluene, xylenes, and methanol. Studies link these chemicals to the brain, lung, and central nervous system damage. Another side-effect of these chemicals is potential developmental difficulties. Asthma and migraine headaches, which are so prevalent in today's society, are another side-effect of breathing in these petroleum-based chemicals.

We understand the desire to be transported by scents to places of comfort in our memory. Certain fragrances do enhance an experience. By increasing our exposure to these toxic odors produced commercially without regulation, we are negating any perceived benefits. In fact, by poisoning the air we breathe, those artificial scents are doing all of us a disservice.

Have you ever read the labels on some of these candles, if they are even available?

Thousands of chemicals are used to develop that Cappuccino or Apple Cider Donut scent you burn to disguise that compost stink beside the kitchen sink.

You have gone through all the trouble of sorting your food scraps to do your part to eliminate waste, and you are equally responsible for releasing chemicals into the air that have the potential to turn volatile.

Combine these chemicals with the compounds used for cleaning, and you are turning your home into an unventilated laboratory.

These combinations have the potential of creating pollutants like formaldehyde and dioxins, which have the potential to be fatal.

A warning of fatal pollutants may seem very alarmist. Well, there has been a rise in the number of people who suffer from environmental allergens within the last decade.

It is no coincidence that this rise in allergies and respiratory issues like childhood asthma started at around the same time designer fragrance "collections" became popular. Bath and home-goods retailers and discount stores sell cheap products with no regard to their detrimental side-effects.

We understand the inclination to pick a scent that we love and utilize it in as many ways as possible. Consider a more natural and organic alternative. We guarantee that you will find our natural scents more pleasing to your nose and give you a more complete and satisfying experience for all of your senses.

Natural fragrances consist purely of substances already present in raw materials isolated by strictly physical means, using distillation, expression, and extraction. Nothing can be chemically modified. The ingredients must be naturally aromatic. Natural materials such as essential oils, isolates, and resins are all free from anything synthetic.

Unless you have an allergy to a specific plant, these natural ingredients are non-toxic to touch, smell, or, in many cases, taste. You cannot say the same about synthetic alternatives.

Many naturally extracted fragrance oils can also be used in other capacities to treat various ailments. Potential healthful benefits are not available in a synthetic candle with a scent that is matched to your body lotion, smells like baked goods, and is in no way found in nature.

Our candles smell lovely. They are not overpowering as the artificial, mass-market options. You can light different scents at the same time without artificially enhanced heavyweights fighting for dominance. You can enjoy our natural, organic candles for the purposes we intended: to promote your spiritual and physical well-being, to inspire, to help your focus, and to illuminate your home without endangering it.

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