Beware the Jabberwock!

Or, well, candles containing phthalates. Beware those, too.

The good news? You never have to worry about candles containing phthalates when you order from Kill Your Darlings Candle Company, and here’s why you should care.

Many commercial candles use fragrance oils that contain phthalates, of which there are many different kinds. Much like paraffin wax or zinc wicks, there remains some controversy about phthalates and whether they are, in fact, toxic. Some candle vendors will say the phthalates used in candles are not carcinogenic, but that other phthalates are.

So what do we actually know about phthalates, and why did KYD Candle Company choose to go phthalate-free?

Phthalates – The Facts

  • Phthalates are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break, according to the CDC. 
  • DEP (“Diethyl Phthalate”), the phthalate used in candles, is currently considered a low-risk for toxicity, though there is continued research on chronic toxicity. Some initial research shows that DEP, in large doses, affects the reproductive systems of laboratory animals. 
  • The EPA has recognized DEP as a hazardous substance, based chiefly on the fact that there are a large number of Superfund sites where diethyl phthalate is found. 

We actually visited the Berkeley Pit, one of the nation’s largest Superfund sites, in 2019 as a part of a road trip (depicted in this post’s featured image above). Our pit stop there—sorry for the pun—greatly impacted our view of how seriously matters like these need to be handled.

Given our personal experiences and that the research into the toxicity of phthalates is ongoing—and considering Diethyl Phthalate is found at so many of these Superfund sites—we’ve chosen to use more natural fragrance oils that don’t include these possibly harmful chemicals.

And that’s not a bad thing. We know, then, that our fragrance oils are better for us, for the writers we serve, and for the environment as a whole. 

For more on phthalates, visit the CDC’s website.

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