Pink Zebra Sprinkles: A Safer Alternative to Potentially Toxic Scented Candles {A Giveaway!}

A Safer Alternative to Potentially Toxic Scented Candles: Pink Zebra Sprinkles

I love fall: the crisp air, gorgeous colors, delicious food, and wonderful smells!

This season always puts me in the mood to fill the house with the smell of pumpkin, cinnamon and spices, and other homey scents. Sometimes I accomplish this by baking and cooking yummy stuff! Sometimes I want to enjoy the scents without all the work!

In the past, I loved using scented candles. At some point, I realized that the vast majority of scented candles and synthetic fragrances are health hazards! Candles can release carcinogenic chemicals and lead into your home when burned, and synthetic fragrances can cause respiratory and nervous system problems, depression, thyroid and hormone disruption, and allergies.

Once I became aware of some of these issues, I switched to locally-made soy candles with lead-free, non-metal core, organic cotton wicks. In recent months, I’ve been researching using essential oils and a diffuser to not only scent the air, but also purify it and improve my family’s health and immune system at the same time (more on that coming soon, hopefully!).

So what are the options for a former scented candle user like me looking for healthier alternatives?

They are out there, from sustainably produced, all natural candles, to homemade potpourri, or a simple diffuser and essential oils. A new product that I recently learned about is Pink Zebra Sprinkles. My sister in law just became a consultant for this company and asked me to take a look at the sprinkles and see what I thought.

Sprinkles are a new twist on home fragrance products. Instead of using regular wax bars to place in a warmer (like Scentsy), these are small pellets or “sprinkles” of wax. They’re highly scented, so it only takes about a tablespoon of sprinkles to scent a large area. The sprinkles can be combined in different “recipes” to achieve different scent combinations. You can follow recipes created by the company and consultants, or experiment with your own mixtures. The sprinkles can be put in a jar and have a wick added to create a candle, melted in a simmer pot or warmer, or even just set out in a dish as an air freshener. The company offers a variety of different warmers and decorative shades to choose from.

I’ve spent the last few weeks trying out a jar of Farm House Cider Sprinkles and one of the nifty Pink Zebra simmer pots and learning more about them so I can tell you what I think.

Pink Zebra

What I like:
  • The simmer pot is really cool! Very easy to clean – the dish lifts right off the warming surface for washing – and safer than a flame. No worries about the hazards caused by the chemicals released in the soot and smoke of a candle or what’s used in the wick (although Pink Zebra does offer non-metal, lead-free, cotton wicks for those who want to make candles with the sprinkles).
  • Versatility. You can use as little or as much as you want at a time, and with 51 different scents the combinations you can come up with are endless!
  • Long-lasting, strong scent. It really does take very little of the sprinkles to produce enough fragrance to scent my whole house, and it lasts forever! One jar of sprinkles goes a very long way!
  • The use of clean-burning soy wax. Pink Zebra uses soy wax produced in the US. While I’m not thrilled about supporting the soybean industry (can we say Monsanto? 😉 ), soy burns cleaner, doesn’t release fumes, and burns longer, slower, and at a lower temperature than paraffin wax.
  • Non-toxic ingredients. Ingredients undergo extensive testing and are deemed “non-toxic”. This means if your toddler swallows a handful of sprinkles, he or she will most likely be fine, although it probably won’t taste very good.
  • No phthalates. Pink Zebra’s products are phthalate free.
  • No BPA packaging. All Pink Zebra packaging is bisphenol A free.
  • Gives back to the community. Pink Zebra supports the HEROES charity, which donates daycare to single moms, as well as several other charities.
A Couple of Concerns:

With those caveats, I still think that Pink Zebra Sprinkles are a better alternative than traditional scented candles and home fragrance products for those of us who want a way to scent the air in our homes but want to reduce our exposure to toxic fumes and chemicals. The safest, “cleanest” option would be to use a warmer or simmer pot to melt the sprinkles in a well-ventilated space (simply melting releases less fumes and toxins than burning in candle form), and choose scents that are less likely to need synthetic fragrances to produce (spices, mints, citrus, vanilla). I contacted the company and asked if they’d disclose which, if any, of their fragrances contain no synthetic fragrances, but haven’t heard back. If I do, I’ll definitely update. In the meantime, you can check out the sprinkles and other products here.

The company is new (barely two years old) and seems to be health and eco-conscious. I’m hopeful that if enough consultants and customers request it, they might develop a 100% soy, all natural fragrance product for us green, crunchy types (get working on that, sis, ‘K? 😉 ) The company also offers reed diffusers, soaps and lotions.

For more information on safely scenting your home, I highly recommend this article at Keeper of the Home! It does a fantastic job of explaining the health hazards of conventional scented candles, how to evaluate your options, and  how to choose healthier alternatives. It’s a must-read!

And, if the Pink Zebra Sprinkles intrigue you, I have an opportunity for you to try them out!

My generous sister in law has offered to give away one of their awesome simmer pots and a jar of sprinkles in your choice of fragrance! Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below to throw your hat in the ring! Then take a minute to visit her website, Sprinkles of Faith, to learn more about monthly specials, how she got involved with the company, and more.

The Nitty-Gritty Details:
The giveaway will run from today, 10/14/13 through next Sunday, 10/20/13, ending at 11:59 p.m. (Central). There’s one mandatory entry, worth four chances to win, and several other options to earn additional entries.I received a simmer pot and jar of sprinkles for review purposes. I wasn’t compensated in any way, nor was I required to give a positive review. The Rafflecopter widget below has everything you need to throw your hat in the ring!  US residents only, please. The winner will be chosen at random and announced no later than Friday, October 25. Good luck! :)

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  1. What an interesting product! I love a yummy smelling house.

  2. I would love to try this! Thanks for the chance. :)

  3. I’d love to win because I have heard of pink zebra but haven’t had a chance to try it, and I’d love to make my house smell amazing :)

  4. What a neat product. I am trying to get away from scented candles. We mostly use essential oils in a diffuser too. It is wonderful to have a delicious aroma AND health benefits! :)
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  5. I like a nice smelling home, without the open flame of a regular candle, because we have busy children!

  6. I love burning candles and have been looking into a healthier option. I have never heard of Pink Zebra, but love the name!

  7. I would love to win this product because i just saw them for the first time last saturday. the room they were in smelled SO good but i was in a hurry to leave a PTO thing i was volunteering for that I didn’t get a chance to check them out like i would have if i didn’t have the kids and MIL with me

  8. This is great. I am trying to go as toxin free as I can but I love having my home smelling good. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. I would love to try this out! I miss a great smelling house since cutting out candles for health reasons

  10. What a good post! Not many people would know how dangerous the scented candles really are! I am featuring you as one of my favorites from the Hearts for Home Blog Hop. Be sure to stop by and grab an “I’ve been featured” button. :-)
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  11. Beware the long lasting synthetic “fragrances”. Petro based products transmigrate (remember the plastic water bottle, leaching toxins into the water) Ditto for brain nerve endings, and cells (fatty composition) transmigrate molecule by molecule. (as well into fabrics, even plastics) (when I used to dump the building I lived in, professional air deodorizers, they would leach out of heavy plastic buckets).

    As a person with chemical injury I can assure you that any “synthetic” fragrance product is more then an “allergy”. (some chemicals can cause the typical IgE antibodies, but mosre are a form of poisoning). I have a background in biochemistry, chemistry of arts, (other non material) and was obtaining my MA in a health field at NYU. By then, due to illegal renovations after a building fire (no OSHA standards and the use of floor strippers and other highly toxic materials), as well as the same use at various NYC skyscraper work sites (and again no safety standards) I ended up with multi organ failure, internal bleeding, and basically vegetative (cognitive brain damage).

    (the arts information informed me that the cough I had was called cough variant asthma – caused by chemical exposures, and often not realized by AMA doctors who treat it wrong. “Artists Beware” by Michael McCann PhD CIH – all art chemicals are trickle down from industrial. ) He was great and sent me a huge package of information which lead me to the expert Dr. Grace Ziem. (started during Vietnam and treated soldiers damaged by Agent Orange – Deet – found still in many bug sprays!) One would have to get the MSDS and Osha trade names to really know what chemicals are in a product. All are required by law but often companies refuse to easily inform one.

    I have a research background but that would be far to complicated – a quick search. And good they don’t use phthalates, the rest are just as damaging.

    Many pharmaceuticals (think Bayer Asprin, Bayer Pesticides) create highly toxic products (while in your soap isle look on the back and see which makes what) Then one is diagnosed with CFIDS, Fibromyalgia and so on (even holistic M.D.s will to be able to have insurance) but no drug will cure these as the chemicals did great damage to delicate systems of the physiology. (great Doctor “The Canary and Chronic Fatigue” – Dr. Majid Ali (gave up main stream and treats holistically now in NJ, NYC). Brilliant researcher, and added the castor oil, and H202 as that was part of my therapy (Gerson Max MD) but he did brilliant research on it and created many uses for both.

    Central nervous system means brain and nervous system (reason I was vegetative/paralytic).


    What are Synthetic Fragrances?

    Synthetic fragrances are mixtures of various chemicals that produce a desired scent. Labs across the country are constantly experimenting with new mixtures of various chemicals to come up with just the right sensation. These people know what they’re doing. How a touch of this chemical will make something smell a little more floral, while a touch of that one will make it smell a little more clean. The fragrances in your products are the pride of chemists, but for you, they can potentially cause skin irritation, headaches, dizziness, and rashes.

    Here’s something else to add to the “ew” factor. A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences noted that 95 percent of chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum (yep, crude oil) and include benzene derivatives (carcinogenic), aldehydes, toluene, and many other known toxins linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders and allergic reactions. A 2001 study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found that synthetic fragrances were often shown to contain hormone disruptors linked to abnormal cell reproduction.

    Worse, manufacturers create these fragrances to be long lasting, so the chemicals don’t break down easily, remaining on skin and clothing. In fact, these fragrances are becoming so pervasive in our world that a Norway study found synthetic musk fragrance compounds in outdoor air, even in a remote area.

    How do companies get away with keeping us in the dark as to the ingredients used to make their fragrances? They’re fragrances are protected as “trade-secret”—with formulas only they are allowed to know. That leaves the lowly little customer out. And no one’s telling them they have to do otherwise. Certainly not the FDA.

    One of the toxic ingredients in fragrances, by the way, is often phthalates, which you can read more about here.


    I was attended to by a friend and we did entirely holistic therapies (took years to be able to function at all). I ended up on very low indigent income and can never be around such products again, meaning mostly isolated (many commit suicide due to this and lack of housing, again living in tents, cars) – they are made from left over sludge from the petroleum industry (or maybe better oil).

    It has nothing to do with “sensitivity” (that is a cellular phenomenon and many of the highly toxic ingredients in many household/personal care/ and more) are both sensitizers, and anesthetizers (reason I ended up “paralytic”). It is as if someone hit your arm, and you could “take it” but after repeated blows, cells bruised and bleeding, it would then take a tiny tap to cause even greater damage (too complex of science to mention here).

    Everyone is harmed by these common products (search toxins in your perfumes). Rx industry call the body organ damage this or that, and prescribe drugs (Psychology degree, known as toxicity not side effects). It stripped the mylen sheathing off of my brain nerves and damaged all of my organs. Many die from this, you just don’t hear about it (the pharmaceuticals are a very powerful group and lobby hard to keep the label “fragrance” as is due to “trade secrets” – they do not wish for you to know what’s in your fabric softener, soaps, and most all products. 29 to 36 (or more by now) million people in America have MCS (chemical injury) (construction workers and other fields).


    There are over 500 potential chemicals that can be used under the single name “fragrance” found on the label of many products, not just perfumes and colognes. Fragrances are found in “air fresheners,” room deodorizers, cosmetics, fabric softeners, laundry detergents, candles, and many other places. Manufacturers are not required to list ingredients on the labels of these products, nor do they have to reveal the specific ingredients that qualify as “fragrance” to regulating authorities because they are protected as trade secrets.

    Some of the most common chemicals in perfumes are ethanol, acetaldehyde, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, a-pinene, acetone, benzyl alcohol, ethyl acetate, linalool, a-terpinene, methylene chloride, styrene oxide, dimenthyl sulphate, a-terpineol, camphor, and limonene. Some of these chemicals cause irritability, mental vagueness, muscle pain, asthma, bloating, joint aches, sinus pain, fatigue, sore throat, eye irritation, gastrointestinal problems, laryngitis, headaches, dizziness, swollen lymph nodes, spikes in blood pressure, coughing, and burning or itching skin irritations.

    And, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Acetaldehyde is a probable human carcinogen. In animal studies, it crosses the placenta to a fetus. The chemical industry’s own Toxic Data Safety Sheets list headaches, tremors, convulsions, and even death as a possible effect of exposure to acetonitrile, another common fragrance ingredient. In animal studies, styrene oxide causes depression. Toluene (also known as methyl benzene) is a well established neurotoxin that can cause loss of muscle control, brain damage, headaches, memory loss, and problems with speech, hearing, and vision. Musk tetralin (AETT) has been shown to cause brain cell and spinal cord degeneration.

    Research confirms that many of the ingredients in fragrances are neurotoxins, meaning that they have poisonous effects on the brain and nervous system. Additional studies link other negative emotional, mental, and physical symptoms to various fragrance ingredients. Until recently, scientists believed that the brain was protected by an impermeable mechanism known as the “blood-brain barrier.” This is only partly true. Recent studies show that this system allows many environmental toxins including those found in perfumes and other scented products access to the delicate brain, and that once found in the brain can take decades to eliminate – decades that can result in substantial damage in the form of inflammation and plaque build up in the brain – two of the precursors to serious brain disorders like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

    Read more:

    Resources: For more information about the studies cited or regarding the toxic ingredients in perfumes, fabric softeners and dryer sheets, and other household and personal care products, consult my book: The Brain Wash: A Powerful, All-Natural Program to Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Parkinson’s and other Diseases.

    Read more:

    The Brain Wash: A Powerful, All-Natural Program to Protect Your Brain Against Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Depression, Parkinson’s and other Diseases.


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