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Candle Knowledge

A (long) hidden, bad reputation...

Most candles are made of paraffin wax (a petroleum waste product that is chemically bleached), which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene (both are known carcinogens) when burned. In fact, the petro-soot released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes and can be as dangerous at second-hand smoke. In 2001, the EPA concluded that burning paraffin candles emit harmful toxins and increase health risks with multiple exposures. Even the recent popular soy wax candles contain paraffin. 

Wicks & Scents

Candle wicks can also be a source of toxins in scented candles. In the US, candle wicks are supposed to be made of cotton or paper, but lead-core wicks are still used in popular Bath & Body and retail stores . A candle with a lead-core wick may keep your wicks standing straight, but releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for OUTDOOR air. And imagine these toxins inside our homes! 


The synthetic fragrances that create candle scents usually contain phthalates. Again, these are in most popular Bath & Body stores. As candles burn, phthalates are released into the air where they may be inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Once they enter the bloodstream, they can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms in some people and have been found to alter hormone levels.


We tirelessly source the highest quality of premium, pure & organic Essential Oils hand-picked by Certified Aromatherapists that make up 100% of our Therapeutic candles and 80% of our seasonal candles. Our premium fragrances not only are phthalate and paraben free, but contain absolutely no carcinogens, mutagens, organ toxins, reproductive toxins or acute toxins. 

Our candle wax is 100% sustainable coconut wax. It is free of paraffin, soy, additives, dyes and chemicals. 

The wicks we use are 100% cotton and are lead, zinc and bleach free. 


Your candles from SuccorCreek are exceptional and we hope you love them as much as we do. 

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