At Light by Liv, we stress the importance of creating products that are completely non-toxic. This means no phthalates, sulfates, parabens, carcinogens or other toxins you might find in other products.
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Emulsifiers are used in many self care and cosmetic products to help essential oils & fragrance oils blend with water (since oil and water do not naturally mix). Some of the most popular emulsifiers are Polysorbate-20 and Polysorbate-80 (also known as Tween 80 and Polyoxyethylene). While the use of these emulsifiers does help to create beautiful, crystal clear room sprays, unfortunately they contain harmful toxins such as Ethylene Oxide and 1,4-Dioxane, and have been associated with a number of adverse events. With our room sprays, you may notice a cloudy appearance or some "separation" of the oil and Witch Hazel base - this is because we choose not to use toxic emulsifiers in our products. We do use natural, non-toxic emulsifiers such as Organic Gluten-Free Grain Alcohol and Himalayan Sea Salt to help minimize the separation, but it is entirely normal to still have some. This cloudiness or separation will not affect the quality or effectiveness of the room spray, though we do recommend to shake your bottle well before spraying to get the best scent throw.
Along with our candle wax, we use natural and non-toxic bases for all of our products. Our body oils are made with Certified Organic Jojoba Oil and our room sprays are made with a blend of Organic, Gluten Free & non-GMO Grain Alcohol and Organic, Wildcrafted Witch Hazel. Our products will never contain sulfates or parabens.
Phthalates (tha-lates) are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more durable and to increase fragrance throw. They are commonly found in various pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, cosmetics and fragrance oils. Unfortunately, phthalates have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, fertility issues and other health problems, as well as triggering allergic reactions and headaches. At Light by Liv, our fragrances will never contain any phthalates, giving you a clean, non-toxic and non-headache inducing burn from your candles.
As well as making sure our Fragrance Oils are phthalate free, all of our fragrances do not contain any cancer-causing or similarly health concerning ingredients that require a Prop-65 warning in the state of California. This means our fragrances will never have Carcinogens, Mutagens, Reproductive Toxins, Organ Toxins or Acute Toxins.
As we talked about on our Eco-Friendly page, too, our candle and wax melt wax is made from the meat of organic coconuts blended with a small amount of plant waxes like soy and palm. Not only is coconut wax eco-friendly though, but it's a much cleaner, non-toxic burn compared to other waxes that big brand names use - such as paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is a byproduct of petroleum that is refined, deodorized and bleached. A study in 2009 found that burning paraffin wax releases potentially hazardous chemicals such as Toluene and Benzene (which are carcinogens), and it has been known to irritate eyes, trigger allergies and cause headaches. These days, some candle companies will use what is called "food grade paraffin wax" - which has been refined even further and is often used on fruits and veggies such as apples to make them look "shiny". There is debate on whether or not this wax is truly toxic, and many people still burn paraffin wax candles to this day, but we prefer to err on the side of caution (not to mention paraffin is extremely non-sustainable and not eco-friendly).