Sunset Scents is a proud member of The National Candle Association & ASTM.  They provide the facts about candles as well as the research and knowledge to back it up.

Are scented candles safe? 

Consumers can be confident that a well-made and properly burned candle, whether scented or unscented, will burn cleanly and safely. Although there are no known health hazards associated with the use of scented candles, unfounded concerns about the safety of man-made fragrances vs. “natural” fragrance materials and essential oils continue to populate the media. The fragrances approved for candle usage – whether synthesized or “natural” – do not release toxic chemicals.

Are candles made from petroleum-based products safe?

Validated scientific studies have shown that all major candle waxes exhibit the same basic burn behavior and produce virtually identical combustion byproducts, both in terms of composition and amount. To date, no peer-reviewed scientific study has ever collected or analyzed any emissions data on any candle wax, including petroleum-based paraffin, and proven them to be harmful to human health.

Should I be concerned about lead wicks in candles?

No. Lead wicks have been officially banned in the United States since 2003, and before then they were primarily limited to inexpensive imported candles.

Are certain types of candle waxes better than others? 

No. All types of quality candle waxes have been shown to burn cleanly, safely and in the same manner. U.S. candle manufacturers select waxes or blends of waxes based on their suitability for specific types of candles or formulation profiles, as well as their own candle-making preferences.

Are candles made with “natural” ingredients or essential oils safer?

Not necessarily. However, NCA members are committed to manufacturing candles that use ingredients known to be safe and approved for use in candles, whether “natural” or synthesized.

Is my candle biodegradable? 

Probably. Studies have shown that beeswax, paraffin and vegetable-based waxes are biodegradable. The vast majority of candles today are made primarily from these waxes.

How can I tell if I’m buying a quality candle?

Unless a candle has defects that are obvious to the eye, you probably can’t tell just by looking. That’s why the National Candle Association strongly recommends that you purchase candles from a reputable manufacturer. 

All NCA members adhere to ASTM candle standards and have pledged their commitment to quality products and practices. 

Check out the NCA website https://candles.org/faqs

Is Sunset Scents the new Gold Canyon?

No, Sunset Scents is not in anyway affiliated with Gold Canyon candles the company.  Sunset Scents was founded after Gold Canyon closed their doors in 2020 and went out of business.  The co-founders Christine Davison & Cyndi Diliberto sold Gold Canyon candles for over 10 years before they went out of business.

Are Sunset Scents candles the same as Gold Canyon candles were?

No, Sunset Scents has their own formulas and while many have the same fragrances or are similar they are not exactly the same.

Why should I buy Sunset Scents candles?

Here are Sunset Scents we pride ourselves on make a highly fragrant, long lasting candle by using only the finest ingredients available in the market today.  Our paraffin wax blend give a great fragrance throw while being non-toxic, clean burning, biodegradable and safe which meets ALL of the National Candle Association & American Society for Testing and Materials standards.

Is it necessary to trim and dip the wicks?

This is necessary to keep you candle burning clean and to give your candle the same smell all the way to the last burn.

Why do some candle smoke and the jars turn black in the industry?

A well-made candle will create virtually no smoke when burning properly. Consumers often incorrectly believe their candles are sooting because of the wax type, fragrance, colorants or additives used in the candle’s formulation, but sooting is primarily due to flame and combustion disturbances. If the wick becomes too long, or an air current disturbs the flame’s teardrop shape, small amounts of unburned carbon particles (soot) will escape from the flame as a visible wisp of smoke. Any candle will soot if the flame is disturbed.

To avoid this, always trim the wick to ¼ inch before every use and be sure to place candles away from drafts, vents or air currents. If a candle continually flickers or smokes, it is not burning properly and should be extinguished. Allow the candle to cool, trim the wick, make sure the area is draft free, then re-light.  Sourced from https://candles.org/faqs/

Are Sunset Scents candles tested for fire safety?

Yes, NCA & ASTM standards require that we test our track data on every candle before it can go to production.  They also require every candle in the United States to follow certain labeling standards to make sure the consumer understands how to properly burn and care for their candles to keep everyone safe.

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