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Wise Owl is a VOC Free Furniture Paint – Learn More

What makes Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint So Great? 

What we DON’T put in our products, sets us apart.

Why Wise Owl is a VOC free Paint:

Thankfully, in recent years, a substantial amount of attention has been focused on the ingredients found in paint.  I’m sure you have heard the terms zero VOC and Low VOC but do you know what they mean?  My intention for this post  is to educate consumers about the hidden dangers present in some of the products they have used, or may be using and why Wise Owl is a VOC free paint.

VOC stands for Volatile Organic compound.  Sounds scary right?  Well, it can be some pretty bad stuff.  The downside of VOCs is that long term exposure to them can cause health problems like kidney and liver damage, respiratory distress and disease, cancer, memory loss, can trigger asthma attacks and more.   Oil based paints are really the worst culprits when it comes to harboring these dangerous compounds but some water based paints have a high number of VOCs as well.

That new paint smell is something you want to stay away from.  Those smells are VOCs being released from the paint and the bad news is… only 50% of the VOCs within are released in the first year after application.  These compounds continue to be released, affected you and your family’s health throughout the years.

Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint is a VOC free paint, so you won’t be bothered by smell, headaches, or have to risk your health while using our products.  We want you to love what you create, and not have to compromise your heath or the environment to do so!

These 2 chemicals commonly found in paint are particularly hazardous. They are NOT present in our formula!

Ethylene glycol (Antifreeze) has been shown to be toxic to humans and is also toxic to domestic pets such as cats and dogs.

Methanol has a high toxicity in humans. If as little as 10 mL of pure methanol is ingested, for example, it can break down into formic acid, which can cause permanent blindness by destruction of the optic nerve, and 30 mL is potentially fatal.

Solvent and VOC free Natural Furniture Wax 

Our waxes are all free of chemicals and solvents.  They are made with natural beeswax, natural candelilla wax (made from the Euphorbia cerifera plant), 100% hemp seed and coconut oils, activated charcoal, and natural mica pigments.  We even have  new waxes that feature essential oils!  You can read our blog about all of the benefits of our new wax sticks here.

Some companies offer furniture waxes that contain chemicals that are hazardous to YOUR health. Prolonged exposure to these solvent based ingredients waxes may cause adverse effects to the liver and urinary systems. Reports have associated repeated and prolonged overexposure to solvents with permanent brain and nervous system damage.

Here are some chemicals you won’t find in our natural waxes!

Naptha: Some forms of this chemical can be particularly dangerous to your health. Some even cause cancer. Many forms cause skin irritation, stomach upset, and more health problems with increased exposure.

Mineral Spirits: The poisonous ingredients in mineral spirits are hydrocarbons, which are substances that contain only hydrogen and carbon. Examples are benzene and methane. These may cause intestinal problem, rapid heartbeat, breathing problems, loss of alertness and even damage to your nervous system.

Petroleum: Breathing petroleum vapors can cause nervous system effects (such as headache, nausea, and dizziness) and respiratory irritation. Very high exposure can cause coma and death. Liquid petroleum products which come in contact with the skin can cause irritation and some can be absorbed through the skin. Chronic exposure to petroleum products may affect the nervous system, blood and kidneys.

These are just a few of the know dangerous compounds found in some furniture paints and waxes.  The truth is, these additives are generally used because they provide a cost savings to the manufacturer.  Using more natural ingredients can be costly but you do not need to sacrifice health to ensure great results.  Our waxes are strong, natural, and effective without putting you or your family at risk.  Our commitment to providing non-toxic premium products will not be compromised to save on manufacturing costs!

100% natural Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp oil or hemp seed oil is an 100% natural oil produced from extracting oil from seeds of the hemp plant, a renewable resource.  Using Hemp seed oil supports sustainable farming methods.  In its natural form, it is medium amber to dark greenish brown depending on the region from which it was harvested.  When unrefined, it retains more of its super powers including but not limited to; antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties, wood and leather refresher and conditioning agent, Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint sealant, and more.  Wise Owl hemp oil is different from many hemp oils because it is cold pressed (retaining the most antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties) unrefined, and it is also second pressed (preventing it from spoiling like first pressed and refined food grade hemp seed oils.  This safe and natural alternative to sealants is so safe, you can use on cutting boards and to soften skin!  You can read all out our Hemp seed oil and its benefits here.wise owl hemp oil

 

 

As someone who has spent most of her life nurturing injured and orphaned animals with my Mom, contributing to the decline of our environment and wildlife is not something I will stand for.  We take a strong approach to protecting our wildlife and water systems and choosing more natural ingredients helps us maintain peace of mind about our contributing carbon footprint.

My Mother and I preparing to release an orphaned raccoon when I was 10 years old.

My Mother and I preparing to release an orphaned raccoon when I was 10 years old.

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My daughter, 3rd generation animal care

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Preparing to release an adult Flying Squirrel, after its nest was destroyed.

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If you use Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint, you already know that the absence of the above toxic chemicals does not diminish the quality of our products, it only helps by setting us apart from some less mindful folks in the industry.  We hope to inspire you to choose products that provide great results without risking your health.

 

Happy (and SAFE) Painting!!

 

 

Karen Chouinard

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