Candle Controversy: The Hidden Risks in Bath & Body Works Products

In today's world, numerous individuals are grappling with health challenges such as asthma, allergies, autoimmune disorders, chemical sensitivities, cancer, and various chronic illnesses. It's important to recognize that these conditions can be triggered or worsened by the ingredients found in our personal care and household products. My biggest issue with the home goods market is that those that are using ingredients like paraffin wax or chemical additives won't disclose it.


At Summerfield, we firmly believe that consumers have the right to be informed about the contents of the products they purchase. They should have the power to make informed choices, including avoiding products that may not align with their health and well-being. Our commitment is to provide that transparency and empower individuals to take control of their choices.


Despite marketing their candles as "clean" and "green," Bath & Body Works' continued use of paraffin wax in their products contradicts their eco-friendly claims, making it a prominent example of greenwashing in their practices. I want to make it clear that my concerns aren't specifically directed at Bath & Body Works, but rather at the broader issue of transparency in the products that enter our homes. This is precisely why I was inspired to establish Summerfield, where we prioritize crafting premium, healthier goods.


  • Bath & Body Works candles primarily utilize paraffin wax as their main ingredient. When these candles are burned, they emit particulate matter and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which encompass harmful BTEX chemicals.


  • Bath & Body Works lacks transparency regarding the specific ingredients used in their candle "fragrances." Under this vague term, there could be approximately 4,000 different chemicals, including hormone-disrupting compounds like phthalates.


  • In addition to paraffin wax and undisclosed fragrances, Bath & Body Works candles also incorporate various additives, such as dyes and stabilizers. Some of these additives have been associated with health concerns.


  • It's worth noting that conventional candles, including those from Bath & Body Works, contribute to indoor air pollution, posing potential health risks. While many environmental factors are beyond our control, consumers can actively reduce their exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals, carcinogens, and allergens by choosing not to burn candles or opting for cleaner alternatives.



Bath & Body Works is not the only company that has been highlighted as "greenwashers". Let's take a closer look at some notable examples:


1. Fast Fashion Brands and Their Environmental Impact

Various fast fashion brands have come under scrutiny for greenwashing. While they market their clothing as eco-friendly or sustainable, the industry's rapid production and disposable fashion culture contribute significantly to waste and environmental degradation. Critics argue that true sustainability goes beyond marketing tactics.

2. Nestlé's Water Bottling Controversy

Nestlé, known for its bottled water brands, has faced criticism for its water bottling practices, particularly during times of drought in certain regions. Critics argue that the company exploits water resources for profit while marketing its products as environmentally responsible. This highlights the importance of responsible resource management in sustainability claims.

3. Volkswagen (VW): The Emissions Scandal

In 2015, the world was shocked when it was revealed that Volkswagen, a leading automaker, had manipulated emissions tests. VW had marketed their diesel cars as environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient. However, it turned out that the company had installed software designed to cheat emissions tests, releasing harmful pollutants into the environment. This case highlighted the importance of transparency in environmental claims.

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