There are a number of benefits of handmade products, yet the most important ones relate to health. The mass manufacture of candles requires using stiff wicks so the wick stays straight until the wax can harden. How do manufacturers keep wicks stiff? By using wicks with lead, the same substance banned years ago from paints and gasoline. Not for us! We use only braided cotton wicks, and that requires a handmade process. Freshness is important, too, and we hand make products in small batches as needed so you are assured of fresh products.