Green Tea, Warm Vanilla, Caramel Latte… Almost all have had such candles at home. They smelled like delicious treats and made hungry just burning them in our rooms.
Well, it turns out that those candles might not be all that therapeutic and delicious after all. They are toxic candles! They actually fill your room with chemicals while they are emitting their delicious fragrances! But don’t worry, you do not have to give up heavenly aromas in your house, you just have to be smart about what you use to create those scents. We will tell you all about it, and offer you some awesome alternatives…
Do you know what exactly is in those candles?
Researchers have shown some scented candles produce smoke laced with almost as many toxins as those produced by cigarettes. Candle emmissions have been compared to diesel fumes and second hand cigarette smoke! According to a recent study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 40 percent of candles on the market contain lead wires inside their wicks. Most often, the candles with lead wicks are scented candles. Fragrance oils soften the wax, so the manufacturers use lead to make the wicks firmer. A candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air, says the CPSC. Exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.
PARAFFIN: Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct. Think, industrial waste. When it is heated it gives off a carcinogenic soot into the air. This soot is very irritating to our respiratory system and can aggravate a whole host of lung issues. If you or your kids have asthma, you do not want to be burning candles that contain paraffin! The soot can also accumulate in your house, appliances, and ductwork!
FRAGRANCE: Fragrance intensity has been proven to have an enormous influence at point-of-sale for consumers, as a result candle manufacturers are dumping increasing amounts of fragranced oils into their wax mixtures – some of these oils are not even suitable for combustion. Candle manufacturers are not compelled to list or disclose hazardous, toxic or carcinogenic compounds used as ingredients in their products and even more astounding – some will claim they don’t know what compounds are in their product. A spokeswoman for the Federal Trade Commission said there are no restrictions or regulations governing the makers of aromatic candles.
According to the FTC & the CPSC there are absolutely no regulations or standards pertaining to candle manufacturing, and candle makers are accountable to no one, including the consumer.
So what candles should you buy?
Okay to use – Beeswax Candles. Though beeswax can be high on the price point, they are totally worth the extra cash. Beeswax is just that: the wax from bees. Directly from the hive. No fillers. No chemicals. Fortunately, most beeswax smells faintly of honey, which is delightful all by itself or when blended with essential oils. Beeswax candles are going to cost you more but an important point in this list is that they are naturally long burning. There are no toxic additives to make them burn longer like you might find in paraffin candles. Beeswax produces a longer burning candle naturally so you will find that in the long run they are good value and the cost per hour to burn beeswax is not as high as you might think.
Candle lovers often become beeswax candle lovers. The benefits – besides being able to enjoy the beautiful amber glow of a beeswax candle and relax with the warm sweet honey scent, think of all the toxic paraffin fumes you won’t be breathing!
Alternative to candles is air diffuser. When diffusing oils, you are also adding humidity to the air because they are diffused in water vapor.
We HIGHLY recommend switching to beeswax, or if you have kids and need a little essential oil therapy without burning the house down…get a diffuser! Definitely get rid of those toxic candles!