Craft and Foster candles are created with care by people who care. It’s creators are passionate about delivering the healthiest candles available to their customers, along with a variety of scents.
THE PEOPLE BEHIND CRAFT AND FOSTER CANDLES
The story behind Craft and Foster candles perfectly explains their quality. Its creators didn’t start the brand to make money, but to better themselves, and to better others reciprocally.
Craft and Foster began unexpectedly when its founder Melissa Burgess discovered her passion for candle-making. She had been suffering from PTSD, which she developed while serving in the military, but found peace and pleasure in creating candles. It became therapeutic, and so Burgess continued to do it until her candle-making was recognized. Her passion quickly turned into a successful business, and eventually Melissa’s husband Chad left his cozy corporate job to join her. Together, they grew their small business into a national brand.
The name “Craft + Foster” was chosen to represent Melissa and Chad’s dedication to the “craft” of candle-making, as well as to their mission to “foster” happiness in others. Even though Craft and Foster is now a well-known brand, it began as a passion project and continues to be one for its creators.
GET HEALTHIER CANDLES FROM CRAFT AND FOSTER
You probably don’t think of candles as being dangerous, and in most instances you’d be right. Aside from the obvious dangers of fire, candles appear to be relatively harmless. However, certain ingredients used to create their wax, wicks, and fragrances may emit toxic chemicals. Additionally, certain ingredients negatively impact the environment, both during their production and after you’ve thrown them away.
All of Craft and Foster’s candles are made from soy wax, which (along with coconut wax and beeswax) is considered the healthiest wax currently available. Better yet, Craft and Foster candles are hand-poured in the company’s studios to ensure their environmental impact is minimal. Most candle brands create their candles in factories that pump carbon into the atmosphere and toxic chemicals into nearby water. Not Craft and Foster.
Craft and Foster uses 100% natural soybean oil to create their candle wax. No sketchy additives or cheap fragrance oils included. Only high-quality sox wax and premium fragrances. The result is renewable, biodegradable, and carbon neutral candles that also burn cleaner and longer than candles that use other common waxes like paraffin wax.
Paraffin wax is a cheap, and thus commonly used, candle wax that has been proven to release toxic chemicals when burned. It is a byproduct of oil purification after all. Compare that to soy wax, which comes from a plant, and it’s pretty obvious why one is healthier than the other. Not only is soy sax healthier, it’s also better quality than paraffin wax. Soy wax candles last longer, hold their form easier, and can be quickly cleaned with soap and water. Unfortunately, candle companies tend to prefer paraffin wax for its comparatively cheap price. Soy, coconut, and beeswax cost more money to produce, but you get what you pay for.
It’s a lot cheaper for companies to mass produce candles from factories than to try and reduce their carbon and ecological footprints. Coconut wax and beeswax are also healthy alternatives to paraffin wax, so long as their ingredients are all-natural. To find out if a candle is made from 100% all-natural ingredients, simply check its label before buying it.
Not many people realize that certain candle wicks contain a thin metal wire that helps the wick stand up straight and not collapse atop melted wax. This may sound like a harmless idea at first, however, metal releases chemicals when burned that are known to cause serious illness. Zinc, tin, and lead specifically have been shown to cause hormone imbalance and other disorders involving your body’s neurological and reproductive systems. Each of these three harmful metal compounds can be found in metal wicks, so if you have a candle with such a wick, it’s best to find out which compounds it contains to avoid potential health risks.
Craft and Foster candles do not use metal wicks. Instead, they use 100% cotton, hemp, and wood wicks that don’t emit any harmful toxins. Plus, like the rest of the candle, Craft and Foster wicks are environmentally friendly.
HEALTHIER FRAGRANCE OILS
Fragrance oils are the ingredients responsible for a candle’s scent. These oils are made from a combination of natural ingredients (i.e. essential oils, resins, and absolutes) and man-made synthetic chemicals. One of those synthetic chemicals is phthalate, and it’s the biggest culprit of unhealthy fragrance oils.
Phthalate is a synthetic chemical used to dissolve raw, natural materials to create fragrance oils. The reasons phthalate is used to create fragrance oils is because it produces consistent odors, it’s safe on skin, and it’s cheap due to its wide availability. So what’s wrong with phthalates? Just like paraffin wax and metal wicks, fragrance oils that are made with phthalates emit toxins when burned, which is why Craft and Foster has opted for phthalate-free candles.
Craft and Foster candles aim to produce natural scents, made with essential oils. They understand and care about their customers’ health concerns, which isn’t usually the case with successful candle manufacturers.
There are many more Craft and Foster candle scents to discover, some of which deviate from the woodland scents. We recommend browsing Craft and Foster’s complete collection. You may be surprised by what you find.
WHY BUY CRAFT AND FOSTER CANDLES?
If you’re concerned about the health risks associated with certain candle ingredients, choosing Craft and Foster will put your mind at ease. They produce some of the healthiest candles available, made from 100% natural soy wax with no metal wicks or artificial fragrances. Furthermore, Craft and Foster candles are hand poured in the company’s studios to ensure they are safe for the environment.
Lastly, at the heart of Craft and Foster, it’s creators Melissa and Chad Burgess are pursuing their passion for artisan candle-making. While the brand has expanded far beyond the Burgess’ tiny candle shop, it’s still a family business at its core.