When people think of self-care and self-love their minds immediately go to candle lit bubble baths and overly self-indulgent behaviors (treat yo’ self, sis!) Or perhaps, their minds instantly go to the popular memes that state self-care is the antithesis of those things, this Tweet in particular comes to mind:
While both of those assessments are completely valid, I believe that self-care is something that is even greater than those things. Self-care is a sense of consciousness regarding the substances you put inside your body and expose your bodies to. After all, health is wealth no?
What’s in your candle?
Fun Fact: the fragrances used in many popular candles are comprised of these icky things called “phthalates?.”
Phthalates act as endocrine disruptors, which in laymen terms equates to chemicals that interfere with your body’s hormonal system and have been linked to asthma among other health issues.
Not sure about you, but I can certainly go without a great-smelling candle with the potential to stealthily cause me major health issues down the road!
This is the reason why Amor Mas exists. We created this brand because we wanted more from life, more for and from ourselves…just more in general. After researching and discovering the candle industry’s dirty-little-secret, there was no way that we were going to continue burning candles that had suspicious ingredients. Some may call us control-freaks, but we wanted to know, for sure, that the ingredients wouldn’t have any adverse effects in the long-term. From our wax to our wick, we have meticulously created a candle that we are proud of. Amor Mas candles feature an all-natural coconut wax, phthalate-free fragrances, and untreated wooden wicks.
Now what exactly does any of this have to do with self-care, I’m sure you’re wondering…
Understand this: self-care is the radical act of consciousness regarding yourself, your food, your thoughts, and apparently – your candles. Ultimately, when you practice self-care, you’re doing something for yourself today that your future self will thank you for. With self-care, you’re taking that warm bubble bath after a long week on Friday night and stretching out the tension your body accumulated during the week, and on Saturday morning your body is thanking you when your neck and shoulders are no longer crying out in agony. You’re having difficult conversations and setting boundaries with that frenemy who has an innate ability to minimize the accomplishments you attempt to share with her. Self-care is an investment, in your health-mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual.
All we have is our bodies, and with the gift of life, we are also given the responsibility to care for and love our bodies. By balancing our indulgence with moderation, our gregariousness with introspection, and most of all our vices with virtues.
Do you really want to be pissed at yourself in 10 years because you burned cheaply made, synthetic candles?