Are Candles Bad for Your Health?

Well it depends on the ingredients used in making the candles. As consumers, we often overlook the composition of the products we purchase, including candles. The three primary components of a candle are wax, wick, and fragrance. Additionally, some candles may have additional ingredients such as dyes, stabilisers, and additives to improve their appearance, burning performance, or stability.

The Hazards of Paraffin and Soy Blend Candles

Candles containing any paraffin whether it is in the form of the actual wax being used, or additives and chemicals being blended with other waxes actually contain hidden dangers. Parrafin and Soy Blend (with Parrafin) waxes are actually the most commonly used in making candles as they are cheaper to get, easier to master, and the resulting candles look better aesthetically with super smooth tops each time.

Common additives, Microcrystallines derived from petroleum are also often used to help improve the texture of wax, as well as Polyethylenes produced from natural gas to add a glossy finish.

Paraffin actually releases undesired chemicals such as alkanes, benzene, and toluene, all of which are toxic to humans. Inhaling these compounds over a long period can increase the risk of developing chronic conditions such as common allergies, asthma, and even certain types of cancer.

The Benefits of Soy Wax Candles

Simply put, we opt for 100% soy wax with no additives to make our scented, sculptural, and pillar candlesWhile it may be more expensive and challenging to work with, but it is definitely better for the environment, better for the homes and better for your health. 

Soy wax is made from soybeans, it is a solid form of hydrogenated soybean oil that is naturally biodegradable and water soluble, making our soy candles the most environmentally friendly option. Soy candles also burn cleaner with minimal soot so it will not detract the air quality in your living spaces.

Our commitment to health extends to the use of lead-free cotton wicks and phthalate-free fragrance oils, ensuring our candles are free of any harmful elements.

To sum up, while paraffin and soy blend candles may be the more convenient option, they pose a significant risk to your health and the environment. By choosing soy wax candles, you can enjoy a beautifully scented, environmentally friendly, and safe candle experience.

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