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Whole Foods Market & Lake Erie Candle Co.

We're very happy to announce that our candles can now be found in Whole Foods Market! Our Ohio-made candles will make their debut at the grand opening of the Whole Food's Orange Village location in the Pinecrest development.

We set out to craft a safer and cleaner candle without the use of petroleum, colored dies, or dangerous phthalates. We're honored to not have only joined the Whole Foods family, but to have met their high quality standards we also hold ourselves to. 

Keep an eye out for our candles in your local Ohio Whole Foods, we're working to cover more regions in Ohio soon, so hang tight. Thank you all for your continued support!

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Think globally, shop locally

Keep it in the community

Over 90% of the retailers that carry Lake Erie Candle Co. products are small locally owned and operated businesses. These small business owners and their employees are the backbone of our country and members of your community. When you purchase locally made products in your neighborhood stores you're helping both the people working at these retail stores and local manufactures like us.

Support a store near you

Visit one of the many beautiful stores that carry our candles and find your perfect scent. We promise you'll be greeted by helpful business owners and local staff ready to assist you.

Visit our Shop Local map to find the closest store near you and don't forget to tell them we sent you!


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Made in America

Why does being Made in the U.S.A matter?

Most candle companies produce their candles overseas to save money. This takes potential jobs away from Americans, creates a product that has a high carbon footprint on the environment, and highly increases the risk of toxic and unregulated ingredients added.

The way large candle companies cut corners is on cheap ingredients. A scented candle might have a soy base, but that is later cut with other undesirable and cheaper ingredients. Because of this it's typical for companies to use petroleum-based waxes like paraffin to save money and reduce quality. Paraffin wax creates benzene and toluene chemicals when burned, these are carcinogens linked to cancer.

"Scientists suggested switching to candles made from beeswax or soy, which produced no detectable levels of harmful chemicals"
- The Independent

Scents are a gray area for regulation, especially in foreign nations. In America, we have laws on the books regulating scents and the chemicals that are allowed to be used, but other countries don't have that luxury. Depending on where your candle was produced on Earth, it could contain a whole list of unknown and unregulated toxic chemicals you're burning and inhaling. It's quite common for cheap candles to contain phthalates and other chemicals known to cause cancer.

What's in our American Made candles?

We only use soy wax made from 100% American-grown soybeans. Our wax is 100% pure soy wax and contains no other waxes. A good indicator that your candle is made with 100% soy wax is by looking at the texture of the candle inside the jar or tin. Soy wax candles won't always be smooth and creamy when looking at the wax unlit inside, but rather contain small bumps and imperfections indicating it's soy wax.

Selecting safe scents, even in the United States, can be a daunting task. We take pride in sourcing all of our scents from American companies that make their scents here. Our scents contain zero phthalates and also adhere to safety and purity guidelines outlined by RIFM and IFRA.


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How to properly burn your candle

It seems like common sense, light your candle and enjoy... right? But there's one very important step missing: Trimming your candle wick when relighting your candle.

Why should I trim the wick after relighting?

Every time you burn your candle the wick will inevitably build up carbon. If you've lit a candle in the past you've seen this as it's typical for all candles, it's the dark "mushroom" shape tip you'll find connected to the top of the wick. Relighting the wick with the carbon build up attached is undesirable and can possibly produce unwanted suit and darkening color within your jar or tin.

How do I do it?

It's simple! At minimum, remove the carbon buildup by simple plucking it off. For optimal results use a wick trimmer, scissors, or finger nail clippers, and trim the wick down to an eighth (1/8) of an inch. Doing this will guarantee a perfect burn every time and it will extend your candle's lifespan.




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