My beloved candles are toxic?!
When I first heard this I won’t lie I was a little upset but, once I educated myself on the topic and figured how to make some switches I was very pleased.
Let’s get down to the facts!
Paraffin candles when burned create highly toxic toluene and benzene (same as diesel fumes) which can cause damage to the brain, lung and central nervous system, as well as cause developmental difficulties.
There are also many other ingredients that may be present in the paraffin mixture and released through burning like: Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene.
Do the math 🙃
If the wick isn’t 100% cotton, it may contain heavy metals like lead.
(rub the tip of the wick of on a piece of paper. If it leaves a gray mark, like a pencil, the wick contains a lead core)
Artificial scents and dyes that make candles look oh so pretty and appealing to the eye- release even more toxins in the air of your home.
So .... is the “nice” smell of a candle even worth the harmful benefits to your health/ your kids, pets and loved ones?
Clearly not, and Thank God! - there are other options.
For example diffusers.
Diffusers purify your air , while providing aromatherapy benefits.
Also, good options for candles are ones that are made from 100% soy wax, coconut, beeswax and scented with pure essentials oils (not fragrance oils)
and don’t forget! cotton wicks! Lead free wicks! which by now- all candles should have cotton wicks- I think it’s a standard at this point ❤️
much love !
check out the footage from a candle making class we hosted a few years ago!
Also, in my amazon storefront I have some good options for my candle fans.
If perhaps you’d like to try a diffuser head over to my website and get one!