Candles are most often associated with relaxation and romance. You see them lit in spas, in homes, and in bathrooms everywhere. The trouble is that people are usually unaware of what they are burning when they light candles.
So what’s toxic about candles? There is a long list of pollutants and toxins emitted from the average candle. Only Green’s blog states: “A standard paraffin wax candle can give off things such as benzene, formaldehyde, soot and lead, just to name a few. Paraffin is simply a waste product of the petroleum industry, used most commonly in candles for its white, waxy texture.” Paraffin doesn’t burn for very long, so many candles often contain a lead-soaked paper cotton wick to increase the burning time.
While your candle is burning, not only are there chemical toxins filling the air because of the wax, the lead from the wick is also polluting the room.
There are healthier choices in the candle industry, including beeswax and vegetable based soy. Both of these substances provide a clean and long-lasting burn. These two waxes have naturally long burning times, so they are commonly made with lead-free wicks. Just be sure that you get 100% beeswax or soy, and that they haven’t been diluted with paraffin or bleach.
Do you use candles?
- Going Green With Soy Candles (greenerideal.com)
- Green Candles (and I don’t mean the color!) (betsywild.wordpress.com)
- Paraffin vs. Soy candles (maisonblancheblog.wordpress.com)
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