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Toxic Candle Ingredients!
Are candles toxic? Scented candles may seem like a good way to cover odors or create ambiance in your home, but there are some hidden dangers you should know about before igniting the flame. Scented candles can be either safe and healthy or toxic (nothing in between) based on the ingredients used. When burning, dangerous chemicals emitted in toxic-scented candles are comparable to the dangers of breathing diesel exhaust fumes. Toxic candle ingredients
Unhealthy candles are always dangerous, burning or not. Keeping them open at home or being inside a store that sells unhealthy candles is dangerous for your health, even without burning these slightly evaporated toxic substances in the air.
If the candle is free of toxic substances, the company will advertise that, but if not, it likely means their products are health hazardous.
Wax
Ideally, candle wax is paraffin-free, but surprisingly, 95% of candles on the market today are made with paraffin. What is paraffin? When burned, paraffin (which is a petrochemical obtained from petroleum waste) creates toxic benzene and toluene chemicals (*1/2), both of which are known carcinogens.
The luxury brands use paraffin more than the cheap ones, taking advantage of current regulations where they are not legally required to disclose the ingredients in their candles. A general rule of thumb is that if a brand does not explicitly say ‘PARAFFIN-FREE’ as it relates to its candles, the brand is using paraffin in its candle. And don’t fall for the words “soy base/blend” since “base/blend” is more than likely code for paraffin, which means the wax used is topped or blended with paraffin, or when you’re unable to find ingredients listed on their websites, it means pure paraffin wax is used.
Fragrances
When burning, paraffin wax has a high melting point (it’s made from petroleum) that overburns safe fragrances, which forces those companies to use dangerous, heat-resistant, unhealthy fragrances. What’s more, the uncertified fragrances and dyes often used can also release harmful chemicals when burned, triggering asthma attacks and allergies.
Petroleum-based chemicals called phthalates are mass used in fragrances. More than two decades ago, scientists began building a body of work indicating that phthalates like DEHP and DBP can be powerful reproductive and developmental toxicants (*3) known to cause a broad range of birth defects and lifelong reproductive impairments. Another general rule of thumb is that if a brand does not explicitly say ‘PHTHALATE-FREE’ as it relates to its candles, the brand is using phthalates in its candles.
Wicks
The danger in certain mass-produced corporate and machine-made candles is the wicks. The ideal wick in a candle is made of natural cotton and is completely metal-free, but many candles are still made with a lead wire wick so that when the wax is being poured the wick stays rigid keeping it from folding in under the pressure of the melted wax. It’s important to note that there are lead-free wicks that are still made of metal, those are usually containing dangerous zinc. When burning candle, be more concerned what is burning, than how it burns, keep in mind that even a “clean burning” candle can still throw toxicants into the air that your lungs will need to process. Remember, car engine exhaust also produces a visibly clean burn. It’s what’s inside the candle that counts, what ingredients are used, not how it burns.
Aquatic Toxicity
Toxic to Aquatic Life. Chemicals included in the category of aquatic toxicity represent substantial damage to living organisms and human health through aquatic exposure. Effects include among others, damage to the reproductive, immune, endocrine and/or nervous systems, cancer and even death (*4).
References:
1. “Frequent use of certain candles produces unwanted chemicals”, Dr. Ruhullah Massoudi, South Carolina State University, August 24, 2009 https://www.scsu.edu/news_article.aspx?news_id=832
2. “Aromatic (Benzene, Toluene) Toxicity”, Christina M. Vitale and Scott Gutovitz, Last Update January 20, 2019 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532257
3. “Not Too Pretty: Phthalates, Beauty Products & the FDA”, Jane Houlihan, Charlotte Brody and Bryony Schwan, July 8, 2002 https://noharm-uscanada.org/…/110/Not_Too_Pretty.pdf
4. “Aquatic Toxicity: Toxic to Aquatic Life”
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