What are phthalates and why does it matter?

Being parents, we set out to make good candles that are non-toxic that we could enjoy guilt-free in our own home. Aside from using soy wax instead of paraffin wax, we also decided against using fragrance oils containing phthalates.

What are phthalates?

Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) have been used in products for decades. According to the CDC, Phthalates are a "group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible or harder to break." Interestingly enough, those same chemicals are often found as solvents in hundreds of products, including personal care products and candles. While it's unclear just how much exposure could cause problems, we decided that we didn't want to take that chance.

Phthalates are used to dissolve raw materials in fragrance oils and as a carrier to make scents linger. Both Europe and the United States have laws against the use of phthalates in children's toys. Some studies found that some phthalates have been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, and developmental/reproductive toxicity. 

How do I know if my Candle is phthalate-free? 

You'll never find them in our products; however, be sure to carefully read the descriptions of other candle makers, specifically looking for the words phthalate-free. Here at Copper Mountain Candle Company, we only source and blend fragrance oils from suppliers that provide phthalate-free oils. We are committed to making the best-scented candles using clean ingredients that will not add to indoor air pollution.

Rest easy knowing that you won't find any phthalates when you buy our candles. 

Welcome to the good side!