About Our Candles
Here you will find limited edition candles! With unique, hand-blended fragrances (no stock oils here!), these candles are made from a special blend of paraffin waxes specifically created to burn long, burn clean, and maximize scent. They have braided cotton wicks, and as a special finishing touch, feature a sparkling overspray of iridescent, candle-safe glitter!
It's simple! Paraffin wax is safe and has good scent throw.
There have been a lot of misconceptions about paraffin wax since soy came on the market. I want to make it absolutely clear from square one that there is absolutely nothing unsafe about soy wax. That said, the idea that it is safer, more eco-friendly, and more "natural" than paraffin is mostly greenwashed marketing.
And, vegetarians and vegans take note: many soy waxes sold to makers are non-vegan. This is also true of all coco-apricot wax sold in the US. Though for proprietary reasons, many supply manufacturers are unfortunately less than transparent about how exactly the animal products are used in production.
Most of the soy that is used in candlemaking is sprayed with pesticide and then repeatedly soaked in chemical baths in order to process it into wax. That doesn't make it unsafe, however-- the finished product of both soy AND paraffin waxes have been shown to be safe for home use. It's just in no way more "natural" at the end of the process than refined paraffin wax, which is also safely used in cosmetic and food prep applications.
At the end of the day, every peer-reviewed scientific emissions study done on candles has borne out that both paraffin and soy waxes are safe for use and do not emit unhealthy levels of any chemicals that are harmful-- check out the 2007 Oekometric Emissions Study for the science! Even though paraffin is a byproduct of petroleum production (meaning that it is repurposed from parts that would otherwise be discarded), due to the magic of refinement, the finished wax does not contain benzene or toluene in a concentration that would be carcinogenic or otherwise a health concern. So while you may see many types of wax marketed as "clean" or "non-toxic" (often accompanied by scary-sounding psuedoscience about paraffin), always look past the buzzwords to the science!
“The study found all of the waxes burned cleanly and safely, with no appreciable difference in burning behaviors. Their combustion byproducts were virtually identical in composition and quantity… far below the most restrictive of any applicable indoor-air standards.”
Our view is that since both soy and paraffin waxes are safe, which wax a company uses really comes down to the personal preference of the maker. Because each wax has different strengths and weaknesses depending on the application, many makers use both! For instance, we do blend in some soy when we make wax melts, because soy is a more brittle wax and does better in many molded applications! Creating a parasoy blend for our melts gives us the best of both worlds: the scent throw of paraffin, and the crisp snap of soy.
We really love our paraffin blend, which maximizes scent diffusion, has very consistent pouring properties, and has great container adhesion. That's why we use paraffin.
Tell us about your fragrance!
We use pthalate-free and paraben-free synthetic fragrance oils to craft our own house blends.
Many folks have the conception that essential oils, being "natural," are safer for use in candles, but in many cases, this is not true! There are indeed a handful of essential oils that are safe for candle use-- in particular, lavender and most citruses, which is why they are so popular with companies that produce candles with essential oils. But many essential oils are are not safe to be used in candles, and can create respiratory distress when burned and inhaled, or may even have neurotoxic effects on pets. We definitely don't want that!
We have decided to primarily use tested and safe synthetic fragrance oils for this reason, and also because using fragrance oil allows us to access a wider variety of safe notes with which to create our house blends. All of our suppliers provide IFRA safety sheets for every component we use. That said, many of our synthetics contain small amounts of essential oils as well, and when we purchase those components, it is always from a reputable candle supplier who supplies those IFRA safety sheets so that we can confirm the finished product is safe for use when burned. In fact, one of our biggest suppliers is developing a Clean Scents line that is even more more stringent than IFRA safety standards! That's pretty cool!
A few tips for candle care:
- The wax used in our candles is specifically designed for a high fragrance load, and as such, the melt pool forms more slowly than other kinds of wax. Plan on making your first burn about two hours, and never burn for less than an hour to ensure a long, even burn throughout your candle’s life.
- Always check your wick to see if it needs trimming before lighting. Keeping your wick at about 1/3” inch will minimize carbon buildup that occurs from wick “mushrooming.” Blow out your candle and trim the wick four hours into a burn, as well.
- Please light your candle on a heat-safe surface away from flammable items, and never leave it unattended.
- We love to hear from you! If you have any further questions, please contact us at SihayaAndCompany@gmail.com.
Turnaround time for candles is 2 weeks. As they are made in small batches, you may notice some small changes in color from batch to batch.
Our candles are available in candle tin or glass tumbler format.
Tins: Our 8oz candle tin measures 3" wide by 2" deep, and hold approximately 7 oz of wax by weight. The wax is topped with an overspray of iridescent glitter. The candles burn for approximately 30-35 hours.
Glass tumblers: These candles measure 3" wide by 3.5" tall, and contain 9 oz of wax for a burn time of 40+ hours. They are topped with a candle-safe glittering overspray.
The glitter I use is safe for use in candles, and the ultrafine particles will not clog your wick.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may occasionally receive a professionally-printed label with a handwritten scent name, similar to what is used in the Secret Menu candles. We are experiencing delays from our label printing service, and would rather not hold up your orders. If you feel strongly about receiving a particular label, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to accomodate your request.