If essential oils are so great then why don't all companies use them?
Bottom line, essential oils are unpredictable and expensive. So they are hard to manipulate into a very specific experience. Majority of companies use synthetic fragrance chemicals to mimic natural smells in order to save on costs and provide a lasting scent experience.
Should I eliminate syntethic fragrances?
It is up to you! Not all synthetic fragrances are bad. It's more about ingredient transparency and quality. "Fragrances" are protected under trade-secret and companies legally do not have to divulge the ingredients in each fragrance. That means you have no visibility on what you are ingesting - and synthetic fragrances can contain numerous ingredients some of which haven't been tested.
If you are super health conscious and like to ingest clean, plant based food and products, then look for claims that resonate. It's best to choose high quality fragrances from reputable companies.
What kind of wax do you use in your candles?
We use 100% vegan waxes. Our vessel wax is American-grown soy. Our pillar wax is a blend of American-grown vegetable oils and waxes. Our waxes not only burn cleaner than alternative waxes, but also are gentle on the planet. Soy beans are a renewable resource and a wonderful way to support American farming.
Do you test on animals?
No! All of our products are 100% cruelty-free and vegan.
Do you use beeswax?
No. Beeswax, while natural and lovely, is an animal byproduct. We do not use it in order to create 100% vegan candles.
Do you use paraffin?
No. Paraffin is a wax derived from petroleum, the processing of which contributes to climate change. When burned, paraffin wax fumes can cause irritation to the eyes, respiratory system, and even cause nausea in sensitive individuals.
Where are your products made?
All our products are conceived and designed in our Los Angeles studio and made in small batches the USA.
Do you do custom projects ?
Yes. We have worked with companies large and small to produce sustainable and healthy beauty and fragrance products. Please email us for more information.
What should I look for in other products to see if they have similar values to LITE+CYCLE?
In order to make conscious consumer choices, look for products that are transparent with ingredients and clearly note on their packaging what they value. As a general rule look for strong well displayed language like; "only" "% of" "certified organic" etc...
What are your full ingredients?
Ingredients are listed on each product page.
What are phthalates and do your products contain them?
No our products do not contain phthalates. Phthalates are a class of chemical known to cause hormone disruption and birth defects. Phthalates are often used in synthetic fragrances to stabilize scent and help it last longer. Phthalates are absorbed into the body through the skin or via inhalation. A CDC study showed that women in childbearing years have high amounts of phthalates accumulated in their tissues—likely due to the number of artificially scented products young women use. These chemicals impact fertility and may cause birth defects. Scientists are also now researching suspected links between phthalates and asthma, childhood obesity, breast cancer, and prostate cancer.
What are petrochemicals and do your products contain them?
No our products do not contain petrochemicals. Petrochemicals, or petroleum distillates, are chemical products derived from petroleum. They release volatile organic compounds (that become gases in the air) that have been linked to symptoms such as headaches, dizzinesss, rash, nausea, and damage to the central nervous system.
Why don't LITE+CYCLE scents smell as strong as my others?
Your LITE+CYCLE scents are made with pure ingredients direct from nature. They are not manipulated or tricked into being anything other than what they are. By nature, each plant has its own scent staying power or volatility. For example a citrus will disappear faster than a wood. Basically, it is what it is and we celebrate that.
What is steam distillation?
Steam distillation is a pure process of extracting essential oils from plants without chemicals or solvents. When steam is applied to a plant, tiny pockets within the plant’s fibers open, releasing essential oil into the steam. The oil-laden steam is the condensed into a liquid and separated into water and pure essential oil.
What is cold pressing?
Cold pressing is another pure method of extracting essential oils that minimizes the amount of heat applied to the pure plant ingredients. It is primarily used for extracting oils from fruits and seeds. During the process, fruit is first rolled over a trough, releasing essential oil from the peel. The whole fruit is then pressed to release more oil and juice from the pulp. The resulting liquid is spun in a centrifuge to separate the fruit juice from the essential oil.
How do I re-use the glass container?