Our Story

"The world is full of toxins, but we don't think they should be in your candles."

We are Fontana Candle Company, a family team of three, passionate about natural health and wellness; and handcrafting the best all natural candles for a healthy and happy home.

 

We believe what you breathe is just as important as what you eat when it comes to your health. 

 

And with one of us with asthma, one with multiple chemical sensitivity, and having just lost our beloved Dad/father-inlaw/husband to Lymphoma, we take toxin exposure seriously. Very seriously. Like our life depends on it. Because well, it does.

 

Our journey began in  2017 when a friend gifted us with a name-brand candle. We very rarely burned candles in our home, and were shocked to discover that after a day of burning the Paraffin based candle, we had headaches and felt horrible. We decided to research candles and what we discovered horrified us.

 

The toxic truth about candles was hidden in plain sight. The conventional paraffin wax is derived as a byproduct of petroleum, coal, or oil shale and contains controversial and harmful chemicals such as benzene and toulene. Typing “best natural candles” into Google reveals dozens upon dozens of options that are presented as natural and non-toxic. Delving a bit deeper, however, reveals that many of them don’t truly warrant that distinction.

Popular among the best natural candle articles that the Google search reveals are soy candles, marketed as a healthier alternative to paraffin. While that may be true, what many of those soy candle companies won’t tell you is that they are not 100 percent soy, as the processing still requires small amounts of paraffin. With limited Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and regulations on claims by candle companies, manufacturers are even able to market their candles as “all natural” when they utilize soy wax derived from hexane (a chemical commonly extracted from petroleum).

From our research, beeswax was the answer to our toxic candle dilemma. Beeswax is non-toxic and clean burning, especially when combined with an all natural wooden wick. However, after months of testing we discovered there was a reason there are not many scented beeswax candles on the market: beeswax is too hard and does not hold a scent well. Blending the beeswax with pure coconut oil was the answer! After 150 attempts, we finally found the optimal blend that allowed a nice even burn without scorching. Read more about our ingredients here.

 We believe in using simple, natural ingredients. You will not find any petroleum byproducts, stabilizers, or harmful dyes in our wax.

When we launched in 2018, we thought we solved the toxic dilemma by providing a natural wax base and ensuring that each fragrance we used was free of harmful phthalates. After a year of hand-pouring our candles, Katie started reacting to the fragrances and developed multiple chemical sensitivity. We began more research and realized there was something else keeping us from our mission of complete non-toxicity: our candles still used fragrance oils.

When it comes to the alluring scents and fragrances used by many of the leading candle manufacturers, the ingredients are often far from natural. Because they are considered proprietary fragrances, fragrance companies are not required to list the chemical additives utilized to create the candle’s scents. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, many fragrances can contain as many as 5,000 ingredients! In fact, according to the National Academy of Sciences, approximately 95% of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrance oils are derived from petroleum! Many of the chemicals are the same ones found in toilet bowl cleaner, paint thinner, wart remover, and insect repellents. To read more about fragrance oils, please check out our blog.

Fortunately, an alternative to fragrance oils can be found in essential oils. Essential oils are truly from nature, defined by the Oxford dictionary as “ a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted. The essential oils are generally collected through a distillation process that carefully separates the essential oil from the flowers, needles, twigs, fruit peels, seeds or roots where it is found.

 We are now proud to stand behind our truly “Clean burning candles for a healthy & happy home.” All of our candles are still hand poured in our workshop in Lancaster, PA with each candle receiving the utmost attention that it deserves.

Katie

Eric

Judy

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