Are Your Favorite Scented Candles Secretly Poisoning Your Home?

What if I told you that the candles you’re using could possibly be dangerous? What if the problem was so easy to fix that it wouldn’t even bother you to completely eliminate that danger from your life?

Those popular scented candles might not be as harmless as they seem. A recent medical journal article revealed that many candles, especially those made with paraffin wax, release toxic chemicals when burned. Think of headaches, respiratory problems, and even potential links to cancer. All that just because you found a scent you love.

Don’t panic just yet! The good news is, there’s a simple solution. It’s time to switch to candles made with natural waxes like soy or beeswax and opt for scents derived from essential oils. These candles offer a safer, cleaner burn, so you can enjoy those cozy vibes without worry.

We’ve done the research for you! Our research into candle manufacturers led us to our current vendor partners, who use only natural waxes in their candles. Milkhouse Candle Co, Milk Reclamation Barn, and any other small candle maker we partner with must use only natural waxes for us to even consider bringing them in.

Don’t let hidden toxins ruin your relaxation. By making a small change in your candle choices, you can create a healthier, happier home. Ready to find your new favorite candle? Check out our candle section for not only safe candles but scents you will absolutely love to have in your home.

Have you ever thought about the ingredients in your candles? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Special Scents for Different Seasons: Why Candles Change Smells Throughout the Year

Have you ever noticed how the aroma of candles changes with the seasons? The comforting smell of cinnamon in the fall, the crisp scent of pine in winter, the fresh floral notes of spring, and the tropical hints of summer – each season brings a unique fragrance palette. But have you ever wondered why this happens? What makes candles switch scents as the months roll by? In this blog post, we’ll dive into the fascinating world of seasonal candle scents. From cherished traditions to the psychology behind aromas, we’ll uncover the captivating reasons behind this delightful phenomenon.

Embracing Tradition and Cultural Connections

The magic of scents lies in their ability to transport us to different times and places. For instance, the aroma of pine or fir is instantly reminiscent of Christmas trees and the festive season. Similarly, the warm embrace of pumpkin spice captures the essence of autumn, evoking memories of harvest celebrations and cherished Thanksgiving gatherings.

Stirring Emotions and Comfort

Fragrances hold the power to unlock emotions and memories. Imagine the scent of blooming flowers filling the air, awakening a sense of renewal and the vibrant spirit of spring. Contrastingly, the rich allure of cinnamon invokes a cozy cocoon during the colder months, igniting feelings of warmth and togetherness.

Crafting Marketing Magic and Meeting Desires

Companies have ingeniously tapped into the allure of seasonal scents. Limited-time offerings create a sense of intrigue and exclusivity, igniting a buying frenzy as customers clamor for a whiff of the season. As the anticipation heightens, sales surge, making these fragrant offerings an irresistible delight.

Harvesting Nature’s Bounty

The ebb and flow of nature play a significant role. Certain ingredients bloom in their full glory during specific seasons. Think of fresh flowers and succulent fruits, their essence captured in extracts and essential oils, transforming into seasonal candles that mirror the earth’s rhythm.

Weaving Ambiance for Every Occasion

Candles hold the art of crafting the perfect ambiance. Whether it’s a beach-inspired breeze weaving through a summer evening or the inviting warmth of spiced apples enveloping autumn nights, each scent weaves a story that complements the moment’s mood.

Nurturing Consumer Expectations

Scents have become intrinsically linked to seasons over time. As the years go by, these fragrances have etched into our collective memory, creating a sense of anticipation. This anticipation circles back, nurturing a perpetual cycle of scents that mirror the changing seasons and our yearning for the familiar.

Since we started selling them, we’ve learned so much about them. Candles are one of the products. There are a lot of facts about candles that we are learning as we continue researching to ensure we are providing the best options for you, our customers.  If you’d like to read more on the topic of candles, here are a few other blog posts we have written:

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Candle Secrets Unveiled: 10 Lesser-Known Facts for the Perfect Burn


Candle Secrets Unveiled: 10 Lesser-Known Facts for the Perfect Burn

Our candles at Live Well are top-notch, top-quality, and amazingly scented.  We know our vendors take great care to produce a candle that will “throw” a scent and keep its scent throughout the entire burn.  We spend hours researching any new candle partner we bring in.  That research has really opened our eyes to some really cool candle facts that not a whole lot of people know, and we want to share some of the top ones that we have found.  Here are the 10 Lesser Known Facts about Candles:

  1. Wax Color Affects Scent: The color of the wax can influence the way a candle smells. Darker-colored wax tends to hold onto scents more than lighter ones.
  2. Candle Tunnels: If a candle isn’t burned long enough for the wax to melt evenly across the entire surface, it can create a tunnel effect, wasting wax and decreasing burn time.
  3. Wick Trimming Matters: Trimming a candle wick to about 1/4 inch before each burn helps control the flame’s size and prevents excessive soot buildup.
  4. Wax Pool Matters: Allow a full wax pool to form before extinguishing a candle. This ensures an even burn and prevents “memory rings” that can limit the candle’s future burn area.
  5. Candle Memory: Candles have a “scent memory.” If you only burn a candle for a short time, it may not release its full scent because it remembers its previous burn time.
  6. Different Waxes: Different types of wax, like soy, beeswax, and paraffin, have varying burn times, scents, and appearances. Each has its own unique benefits.
  7. Fragrance Mixing: Combining multiple scented candles can create a unique aroma. However, certain scents might not blend well, so experimenting is key.
  8. Candle Containers: The container you burn a candle in affects its scent throw. Open spaces allow the fragrance to disperse more, while enclosed spaces can intensify the scent.
  9. Candle Placement: Where you place a candle affects how evenly it burns. Avoid drafty areas, which can cause uneven burning and excessive dripping.
  10. Candle Storage: Store candles in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. Exposure to light and heat can cause the color to fade and affect the fragrance.

Remember these lesser-known candle facts to get the most out of your candle experience and ensure safe, enjoyable use. 🕯️🔥

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Introducing The Boutique at Live Well Online Store

Welcome to our online launch of The Boutique in Live Well! We’re excited to introduce our store and unique products to our customers. Our boutique was established during the economic slowdown in October 2020, and we’re proud to have made it through that tough Christmas season with our customers’ support.

We offer a wide selection of products, including Milkhouse Candles, Lit Candles, Milk Reclamation Candles, Dionis lotions, Los Poblanos products, kitchen goods, and many more gifts. Our products are carefully curated to ensure that we provide our customers with the best quality and unique finds.

At The Boutique in Live Well in-store, we understand the importance of providing our customers with a comfortable and welcoming environment. We want you to feel at home while you browse our selection of products. Our boutique has everything you need if you’re looking for a perfect gift for someone special or want to treat yourself. All our products are available both online and in-store, so you can shop with ease and convenience.

The Boutique in Live Well is the perfect destination for boutique shoppers looking for unique and high-quality products. We provide everything you need to make your shopping experience enjoyable and memorable. We invite you to come and check out our selection of products today and discover something new and exciting. Thank you for supporting our boutique!


How to Keep Your Candle Burning Longer

Candles create a cozy and calming atmosphere, but it can be frustrating when they burn out quickly. To help you get the most out of your candles, here are the top three tips on how to keep them burning longer:

  1. Trim the wick. The length of the wick can affect the burn time of a candle. Long wicks can cause the candle to burn too quickly, while short wicks can lead to tunneling, where the wax only melts in the candle’s center. To prevent this, trim the wick to ¼ inch before lighting the candle. Trimming the wick will help the candle burn more evenly and last longer.
  2. Use a Candle Snuffer. Blowing out a candle can cause the wick to smolder, leading to uneven burning and a shorter burn time. To avoid this, use a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame. Using a snuffer will prevent any remaining smoke or wax from ruining the candle’s quality and keep the wick centered for the next burn.
  3. Keep the candle away from drafts and heat sources. Candles burn best when they are in a still environment. Drafts and heat sources like fans or air conditioning can cause the candle flame to flicker or burn unevenly, leading to a shorter burn time. Keep your candle away from these sources and try to burn them in a space with still air.

So remember, trimming the wick, using a candle snuffer, and keeping the candle away from drafts and heat sources can help you get the most out of your candles. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy the calming glow of your candles for longer periods.

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Why are Soy Candles Better than Paraffin Candles?


milkhouse candles on a table display. They are a healthier alternative to paraffin candles, made from petroleum by-products, and can release harmful chemicals when burned.
One of the most significant benefits of soy candles is that they are made from soy wax, a natural and renewable resource. Soybeans are grown in many parts of the world and are a sustainable crop, unlike the non-renewable resources used to make paraffin candles.
Another advantage of soy candles is that they burn cleaner. Soy wax has a lower melting point than paraffin wax, so it burns at a cooler temperature. This means soy candles release less soot and pollutants into the air when burned. This is particularly beneficial for people with allergies or respiratory issues.
Soy candles also tend to last longer than paraffin candles. Because they burn at a lower temperature, they do not evaporate as quickly as paraffin candles. This means they have a longer burn time and can last up to 50% longer than paraffin candles.
Lastly, soy candles are also biodegradable, unlike paraffin wax. In addition, soy wax is easy to clean with just warm soapy water, making it a more eco-friendly option.
In conclusion, soy candles are a better choice for many reasons. They are made from a natural and renewable resource, burn cleaner, last longer, and are biodegradable. So next time you reach for a candle, consider choosing a soy candle instead. Your health and the environment will thank you.

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