Mulberry Street Candles Light Up The A&E Report

December 19, 2017

Here’s an unsettling fact - most store bought candles are made of paraffin or petroleum based wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned.

Both are known carcinogens. In fact, studies show that the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. 

In addition, many scented candles also have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead. Even a few hours of burning them can create levels of airborne heavy metals that are much higher than the acceptable limits.

In the US, candle wicks are supposed to be made of cotton or paper, but studies have found that as much as 30% of candles, many of which are produced overseas, contain heavy metals often containing zinc, tin and lead which are released into the air when burned. 

In this episode of the A&E Report, (which can be streamed above) host Michael Sprouse visits with Rolanda for some insight into how her beautiful and creatively embellished, all natural soy wax candles offer a healthy alternative that will bring an extra glow into your holiday season this year without the concern of air-born toxins.EDWlZyG.jpg

About eight years ago, Mulberry Street Candles (located at 124 W 3rd St #B in the historic district of downtown Lewes) founder Rolanda Leonardo began making candles after learning that most box-store candles are made with petroleum based wax, chemical and synthetic based fragrances, and metal-core wicks.

Mulberry Street Candles offers uniquely designed, hand poured, non-toxic, and eco-friendly all-natural soy wax candle products with a clean, slow burn, and other charming decorative arrangements. In fact, Rolanda’s soy wax candles burn on average twice as long as most box-store candles.

Many of Rolanda’s candles are poured into vintage, re-usable, Ball Mason jars and authentic vintage (or recently produced vintage-styled) tea cups with matching saucers.

Rolanda has had several experiences with customers who recall the tea cup patterns from their childhood or who have connected them to a particular place and time. These teacup candles become a memorable and pleasant keep-sake and they are perfect for a thoughtful and aromatic gift.gSWFKzo.jpg

Rolanda also has a wide collection of vintage and new glass Peg Votive Candle Holders which slip into the top of most all candle sticks.

The colorful and collectible holders offer a safer and cleaner way of dressing up candle sticks and sconces without the mess of dripping wax and the potential fire hazard connected to an unattended or forgotten, burning candle stick.

For more information about Mulberry Street Candles, visit them online at and like them on Facebook at

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