Scented Strong & Lasting Long Naturally! About Pure Integrity Soy Candles
Hello & Welcome
We are the Schumachers, creators of Pure Integrity Soy Candles. I'm Teresa Schumacher and this is my wonderful husband Jeffrey & our children, Christian, Joshua, Hannah & Mia. We are so thankful and blessed with a wonderful family, co-workers and amazing loyal customers. Our story is a marriage of our deep rooted faith, life experiences, our love for entrepreneurship and our passion for health & wellness. These attributes blended together have created a business with an exceptional product and an exuberant passion to serve our customers from the heart.
How It All Began
The funny thing is, we were not interested in building a soy candle business. That was never initially our interest. Our candle journey was ignited by my love of ambient light with fragrant candles and our common passion for health and wellness. Like many of you, my husband and I enjoyed relaxing in a scent-filled house whenever we lit candles. What we didn’t enjoy was the black soot that would cover our candle jars and everything else in the vicinity. Concerned about what that black film was and what the health implications were for breathing it in, we began to do our research. What we learned was shocking.
We discovered that most candles are made from paraffin wax, a petroleum by-product generated when refining oil into gasoline. A report from the Environmental Protection Agency stated that paraffin wax is harmful when burned and contains 11 toxins, two that are considered cancer-causing.
We also learned that most commercially-made fragrances were made from nothing but a bunch of chemicals, petroleum-based synthetics. The soot from these materials can contain carcinogens, neurotoxins, and reproductive toxins. These toxins are in addition to the ones being admitted from the metals used in wicks and other synthetic candle additives.
To say the least, we were a bit frustrated with the candles that were currently on the market. Besides being unhealthy, they often had little or no aroma. The candle wax burned uneven, leaving a big hole down the center. Most often big chunks of wax were left on the side of the jar and the wicks often got buried in the wax.
We loved burning candles and were not ready to give up that pleasure, but we were also not going to compromise our family’s health. We were convinced that there had to be a way to make a healthier candle. Armed with this newly-found knowledge and a desire to still enjoy the ambiance and fragrance of burning candles—albeit in a healthy way!—we decided to create a new kind of candle for ourselves to enjoy. One year after giving our soy candles out to friends and family the flame was ignited for a successful candle business. Everyone wanted more! That was 20 years ago!