Our Story

"The world is full of toxins, but we don't think they should be in your candles."

We are Fontana Candle Company, a family team of three, passionate about natural health and wellness; and handcrafting the best all natural candles for a healthy and happy home. We believe what you breathe is just as important as what you eat when it comes to your health. And with one of us with asthma, one with multiple chemical sensitivity, and having just lost our beloved Dad/father-inlaw/husband to Lymphoma, we take toxin exposure seriously. Very seriously. Like our life depends on it. Because well, it does.

Our Journey Began in 2017. A friend gifted us with a name brand candle that smelled amazing. We very rarely burned candles in our home, and were shocked to discover that after a day of burning the paraffin based candle, we had headaches and felt horrible. We decided to research candles and what we discovered horrified us.

How it All Started
The Truth About Traditional Candles

The toxic truth about candles is hidden in plain sight. Conventional paraffin wax is derived as a byproduct of petroleum, coal, or oil shale and contains controversial and harmful chemicals such as benzene and toulene. Typing “best natural candles” into Google reveals dozens upon dozens of options that are presented as natural and non-toxic, but in reality, most are far from that.

Popular among the best natural candle articles that Google search reveals are soy candles - marketed as a healthier alternative to paraffin. While that may be true, what many of those soy candle companies won’t tell you is that they are not 100% soy, as the processing still requires small amounts of paraffin. With limited Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines and regulations on claims by candle companies, manufacturers are even able to market their candles as “all natural” when they utilize soy wax derived from hexane (a chemical commonly extracted from petroleum).

Creating a Better Candle
The Benefits of Beeswax + Coconut Oil

From our research, beeswax was the answer to our toxic candle dilemma. Beeswax is non-toxic and clean burning, especially when combined with an all natural wooden wick. However, after months of testing we discovered there was a reason there are not many scented beeswax candles on the market: Beeswax is too hard and does not hold a scent well. Blending the beeswax with pure coconut oil was the answer! After 150 attempts, we finally found the optimal blend that allowed a nice even burn without scorching. Read more about our ingredients here.

We believe in using simple, natural ingredients. You will not find any petroleum byproducts, stabilizers, or harmful dyes in our wax.

Essential Oils for a Natural, Non Toxic Scent

When we launched in 2018, we thought we solved the toxic dilemma by providing a natural wax base and ensuring that each fragrance we used was free of harmful phthalates. After a year of hand-pouring our candles, Katie started reacting to the fragrances and developed multiple chemical sensitivity. We began more research and realized there was something else keeping us from our mission of complete non-toxicity: our candles still used fragrance oils.

When it comes to the alluring scents and fragrances used by many of the leading candle manufacturers, the ingredients are often far from natural. Because they are considered proprietary fragrances, fragrance companies are not required to list the chemical additives utilized to create a candle’s scent. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, many fragrances can contain as many as 5,000 ingredients! In fact, according to the National Academy of Sciences, approximately 95% of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrance oils are derived from petroleum! Many of the chemicals are the same ones found in toilet bowl cleaner, paint thinner, wart remover, and insect repellents.

Fortunately, an alternative to fragrance oils can be found in essential oils. Essential oils are truly from nature, defined by the Oxford dictionary as "a natural oil typically obtained by distillation and having the characteristic fragrance of the plant or other source from which it is extracted." Essential oils are generally collected through a distillation process that carefully separates the essential oil from the flowers, needles, twigs, fruit peels, seeds or roots where it is found.

By swapping traditional fragrance oils for natural essential oils, we can proudly say our candles are 100% non-toxic and the first candle to be certified MADE SAFE®!

Learn More About Fontana:

"How I Turned My Hobby Into a Career" Authority Magazine

Lancaster Lebanon SCORE Business Profile

Lancaster County Magazine October 2019 Feature Article

Read Reviews from our #CleanCandle fans here!

Introducing Essentials by Fontana

In 2021 we decided to take our clean home scenting mission beyond candles! We want you to be able to fill your home with the scents you love and trust, now ready to diffuse!

Our clean candle fans have been asking for different ways to enjoy their favorite scents, and our new signature diffuser blends were the best way we could think of that keeps us true to our heritage and mission.

Best New Product

We are proud to stand behind our truly clean burning candles that were named the best New Natural Living Product of 2020 and are now the first candle to be certified as MADE SAFE®!

Family Owned & Operated

All of our candles are still hand poured in our workshop in Lancaster, PA with each candle receiving the utmost attention that it deserves. Shop small today!

Made Safe Certified

We believe in using simple, natural ingredients. You will not find any petroleum byproducts, stabilizers, or harmful dyes in our wax. Learn more about our ingredients here.

Our Lancaster, Pa fulfillment team!