As a result of joining the rest of the world in lockdown due to COVID-19, I have created a candle shop, which can be found at moonlitbybritt.com

Candles introduce light and fragrance to spaces everywhere. But did you know a lot of candles on the market contain toxic chemicals? I mean, names like ‘starburst sunrise’ sound like a fruit extract from an exotic land but are actually lab-created synthetics.

Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which omits highly toxic chemicals like acetone, benzene, and toluene when burned, which are known carcinogens. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, coal, or shale oil, and the added fragrance intensifies toxicity when burned. All smoke contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and particulate matter (soot).

When used with intention, sacred smoke in moderation can be healing and cleansing. Religious and spiritual practices for centuries have incorporated the use of burning sacred resin and dried herbs to facilitate awakening of consciousness. Finding candles with natural ingredients and environmentally friendly practices leads to peace of mind, and can promote health and vitality.

Conscious Consumerism

Zero waste is a redesign of resources. Retailers that follow these principles of waste prevention aim to curb unnecessary landfill and ocean pollution.

Moon Lit Candlemaking Materials

  • Jars- I’m the gal around the neighborhood collecting your trash. I frequently pick-up used jars and materials from neighbors and re-purpose said materials after fully sanitizing them. Everything I cannot use is donated to zero waste grocery stores in my area of Oakland, Ca.
  • Wick- I use wicks made of cotton containing no lead, zinc, or other metals. Excess wick that has been cut is used as a decorating and cleaning tool for finished or future candles.
  • Wax- I use an all natural 100% organic soy wax. Soy wax is biodegradable and cleans up easily with soap and water. Because soy wax has a lower melting point that paraffin wax, soy candles burn slower and longer, without omitting any petro-soot.
  • Oils- I prefer to use an essential oil blend over fragrance oils. I monitor temperatures in the heating process, including researching flashpoints and utilizing minimalist procedures to incorporate oils to wax safely. Oils have healing properties, and when used appropriately, can become a wonderful natural addition as candle scents.
  • Crystals/stone- All stones are purchased from eco-conscious wholesalers, and I often add unique pieces I find or that have been gifted for extra pizazz in collective energy sharing.
  • Herbs/flowers- All herbs and flowers used are grown organically in my garden and dried at home.
  • Packaging- All packaging is reused. Once again, I am that gremlin of a neighbor helping you collect recyclables. Often times, to meet shipment deadlines, I will use paper envelopes I have purchased (which are recyclable), but everything that keeps your candle safe in transit has been re-used and repurposed, and can continue to be done in your own home.
  • Labels- I use recyclable labels, and am in the process of finding a vendor for biodegradable labels to purchase in bulk.

Once you have burned through a Moon Lit candle (or any candle of your choice!), wax can be removed with heat, and jars can be cleaned and reused for any household purposes.

Stay tuned for quick and easy advice on removing labels and wax from candle jars. And remember- always burn candles responsibly.

I know that whenever I get confused about the current state of world affairs, I light a candle…they always make scents.

Cheers to happy burning and intentional healing!

Xx Britt

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San Diego State Alumna. Purveyor of events and entertainment. Psychology and Journalism educated. Interested in social reform, integral studies, and meatless pizza.

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