Candles are refreshing, fragrant, and calming, but do you really know what’s inside your candles? You’ll be surprised to know a lot of the ingredients in classic candles carry chemicals, toxins, and fragrances from synthetic sources.
That’s why when Founder Rebecca Aghalarpour created Sanari Candles she did things differently. Sanari Candles are made from 100% vegan, plant-based ingredients and are packaged in reusable wine glasses!
What You’ll Learn:
- What was the inspiration behind Sanari Candles and the team that makes the products
- What are the ingredients in Sanari Candles, and how those ingredients are safer than conventional ingredients
About Sanari Candles
Sanari Candles isn’t your average candle company. Made from 100% vegan, plant-based ingredients, these non-toxic candles are packaged in reusable wine glasses–and burn bright without any added chemicals. Read on as we interview Sanari’s Founder, Rebecca Aghalarpour, and learn more about what inspired her unique brand.
What inspired you to start Sanari Candles?
“The combination of my experience leading a healthy lifestyle, and having a keen understanding of impure chemicals commonly used in beauty and home products led me to rid my home of anything remotely toxic. It was then that I came face to face with a cancer diagnosis. My research had taught me that traditional candles are full of toxic chemicals, like petroleum, dyes, artificial fragrances and animal by-products which go right into the air you breathe. The love of being able to burn candles in my home again inspired me to begin my journey with Sanari Candles!”
What does the word ‘Sanari’ mean?
What’s your favorite candle scent out of the collection?
“I honestly can’t choose a favorite scent, since each blend delivers a unique sensory experience for your mind and body. But my favorite plants are floral and citrus; so I love the Aria which has sweet and herbal notes of eucalyptus, bergamot and juicy sweet tangerine falling into beautifully fragrant of ylang ylang, fresh mint and lavender, finished off with patchouli and cedar wood. I also love the Sanam which has note of pomegranate and lemon, falling into a pool of delicate rose and jasmine petals, finished off with smooth dry musk–it’s delicious!”
What are some of the main goals of Sanari Candles as a whole?
“Our goal and promise is dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle, using only the highest quality organic and green products in the industry. We believe in controlling the environment you live in, and created the first and only candle line to globally source the purest and natural ingredients with zero waste packaging. We pull from our earth to give back to our Earth, and to you!”
What do you do in your daily life to live more sustainably?
“I have a plant based diet do meditation every morning, with deep breathing exercises, before I start my day. I love nature and take walks on the beach and hikes. I am extremely conscientious about waste and recycling. Most importantly, my spiritual studies helps me master things like patience, forgiveness observation and stillness–it simply takes practice.”
What inspired you to make the candles’ packaging from reusable wine glasses?
“Every aspect of Sanari is well thought out in order to eliminate waste. I wanted to use a glass that is pretty enough to collect and reuse. Our glass is a stemless wine/drinking glass with no chemical interaction, to ensure that the ingredients contained in our glass maintain their integrity and aroma. I also have to admit that I love wine… so it was an easy choice.”
If you could have everyone on the planet do one thing to positively impact our changing climate, what would it be?
“It is so important to be environmentally conscious and use sustainable products. It makes sense for people to be as efficient and green as possible in their thinking on a day-to-day basis. We should all be responsible for using recycled products and eliminating our personal waste.
Educate yourself about climate change and learn ways of managing the feelings that come up so you can face them–and not avoid the reality of climate change. Creating social norms about protecting the environment so that people see that ‘everyone is doing it and that it’s normal to be green is also extremely important.”
How has Sanari grown since day 1? What challenges have you faced being such a unique company?
“It is important to educate the consumer about how to live a truly healthy lifestyle, and that has also been a challenge we’ve faced as a company. There are many traditional candle manufacturers using toxic chemicals such as paraffins and much more. The market can control what information gets released about its products, so consumers are often misled. It is our mission to be able to regulate this process and teach the consumer about the difference between our products, and conventional products.”
How are the ingredients in Sanari Candles unique from other candle companies?
“We use only the purest blends of essential oils to create fragrances that are unique and proprietary to Sanari Candles. Each of our blends truly delivers a unique sensory experience that also has proven health benefits. We have created a proprietary wax blend of Coconut and Soy; and no pesticides or herbicides are used at any stage in its cultivation. Our wax burns cleaner, cooler and longer. Plus, our wicks are made from 100% unbleached cotton wide wicks to provide a clean, pure and long lasting burn.”
How does Sanari Candles give back to the planet?
“We are environmentally conscious and truly sustainable end-to-end. We use sustainable ingredients, recyclable paper and soy ink. We also donate a percentage of our sales to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, as their cause is very close to my heart!”
What’s your favorite environmental quote?
“‘The Earth is all we have in common’…. by Wendell Berry.”
Thanks to Rebecca for sharing your story with us! Explore all Sanari Candles here!