Petrochemical Fragrances Don’t Make Scents

“A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet.”

Well it might not, actually...

When you think of the word ‘fragrance’, what comes to mind? Sweet smelling roses? Night flowering jasmine? Have you ever thought that these scents may not be as they seem?

Upon closer inspection of my cosmetics, soaps and skincare, I discovered a lot of nasty things, but one of the most alarming was petrochemical fragrances. They are in everything! Ranging from candles to the most common ‘eco’ soaps and moisturisers. Buying a product just because it smells good may not be the best idea, because synthetic compounds can cause more harm than you may think.

So what’s the big deal about synthetic fragrances? They can contain any number of chemicals ranging from benzene to aldehydes, parabens and phthalates. These can be hormone disruptors and cause serious harm to the body, including cancer, birth defects, sperm damage, nervous-system disorders to more mild reactions such as allergies. By simply spraying perfume on your wrist or neck, it can be absorbed through your skin and directly into your bloodstream resulting in these effects.

Unfortunately labelling in some countries requires that these ingredients only be listed as ‘perfume’. In fact, the average woman may come into contact with 515 synthetic chemicals on a daily basis.

Finding products that don’t contain all these nasties can be particularly difficult. So below is a very simple and easy recipe for making candles at home. This is the best way of knowing all the ingredients!

A couple of nights ago, I teamed up with one of the Undress Crew and she showed me how to make these at home. Here’s the recipe:

What you’ll need:

  • 500g pure soy wax
  • Containers for your candles
  • Measuring scale
  • 30mL essential oil
  • Thermometer
  • Saucepan
  • Pyrex jug
  • Wicks
  • Sticky dots
  • Bag clip

How to make your candle

  1. Clean and dry your candle vessel thoroughly.
  2. Scoop double the amount of soy flakes to fill the container and place in Pyrex jug.
  3. Create a bain-marie by putting water in the bottom of the saucepan and placing the Pyrex jug with the soy flakes inside the saucepan on a medium heat.
  4. Melt soy wax flakes until they are completely clear liquid, stirring occasionally.
  5. Put essential oil into the melted wax. The ideal ratio of essential oil is 6mL to every 100mL of melted soy wax.
  6. Pop the sticky dot on the base of your wick and stick it to the bottom of your candle vessel.
  7. Slowly pour wax into the candle vessel.
  8. Straighten wick and stabilise by clipping the bag clip over the wick and balance over the candle edge.
  9. Let candle sit for two days to allow the liquid wax to set.
  10. Trim wick to 5mm.
  11. Enjoy your homemade candle!

Did you make these at home? Pop a photo up on Instagram and tag #_undress so we can see your wonderful creations!

Happy candling!

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