When it comes to the candles we have in our home, there is a lot we take into consideration. The look, feel, smell and overall connection it has in our lives.
Yet with the growing concerns around toxins leaching into our air from the candles we burn, it's becoming increasingly important to make sure you are using candles with non-toxic ingredients.
Recent studies have shown that candle vapours can be potentially harmful due to the toxins that are being burnt largely from artificial fragrances used within them. Now the advice is to truly look at what is in your favourite candles and lean towards only natural ingredients in your home, such as essential oils and natural fragrance oils.
Essential oils are incredibly potent plant compounds that have the ability to instantly boost our mood, energise us or help us drift off into a deep, deep slumber.
Starting in the world of essentials oils can be overwhelming, but the best place to start is with the basics
The benefits of natural ingredients
In the age of transparency, many candle makers and cosmetic companies alike are beginning to shift to become more natural when it comes to the ingredients, they use to create products.
At Surmanti we only use natural ingredients sourced from the best parts of mother nature, and this includes the essential oils and natural fragrance oils we use to scent our candles.
By using essential oils rather than synthetic ingredients, we are making sure every burn is beneficial to you and your home. Our essential oils and natural fragrance oils are 100% natural, and they help us communicate our dedication to showcasing the best of the product.
Not only are they better for your overall health, essential oils are highly fragrant and prized for their therapeutic and mood boosting qualities. Especially when you look at fragrance such as Sandalwood, there are endless ways essential oils can help you connect with your inner wellness.
Our essential oils come from a range of natural sources, including flowers and flower buds, Leaves, Rhizomes (rooty stem), Seeds, Fruits, Wood and bark. The oils are made through a distillation process, a slow process which keeps the makeup of the plant, while converting its scent into truly natural oil.
Heat and steam are passed through the plant parts to release oil. If you have an ear to the fragrance market you might also hear about absolute oils, which come from plant parts through solvent extraction instead of steam distillation. There are no toxins added during the process to preserve its quality.
Why are essential oils good for you?
As we know, nature is the ultimate healer. Being in and around nature has a wide roster of benefits across your mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health. Our natural fragrance oils and essential oil candles help connect you to nature, yet that isn’t the only benefit they can bring.
Essential oils have been tried, used and tested for nearly 6,000 years, with the aim of improving a person’s health or mood. Apart from providing a pleasant smell, aromatherapy oils can provide respiratory disinfection, decongestant, and psychological benefits.
As the molecules reach the brain, they affect the limbic system, which is linked to the emotions, the heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, memory, stress, and hormone balance. In this way, essential oils can have a subtle, yet holistic effect on the body.
And it has been proven the effect these oils can have.
A review published September 2019 in Phytomedicine combed through 90 randomised and nonrandomized studies and concluded that, in general, the reviewed studies showed inhaling or ingesting lavender essential oil (diluted and under guidance) can lower anxiety levels.
The study also showed that adding sandalwood essential oil to massage treatments can help reduce anxiety levels. These effects may be thanks to linalyl acetate and linalool, key compounds found in both lavender and sandalwood that have calming and sedating properties.
Other benefits include, improving sleep, easing menstrual pain, as well as being shown to relieve nausea and headaches.
Ultimately though the essential oils you use in your candles will pass into your home and provide positive benefits for your whole family.
The essential oils and natural fragrance oils used within our candles give you a chance to connect with nature in your everyday routine, bringing nature's finest products right into your home at a time that is convenient for you.