5 Reasons Burning Candle Fumes are Toxic

by Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Why Most Burning Candle Fumes Are Toxic To Your Health

Yes, most mass produced burning candle fumes are toxic to the environment, your health, your kids’ health, and your pets too!

I know what you’re thinking!  Who doesn’t love the smell of a beautiful burning candle everywhere in the house?

Not only do they make the house smell nice, they also look beautiful don’t they?

But what most people don’t know is that candle fumes can be very toxic to your health!

I know it’s scary, and people are so tired of hearing about yet another thing in our lives that we LOVE that’s bad for us!

But this is no joke, and it’s something that you have the control to eliminate easily.  It’s not like I’m telling you to rip out your toxic carpet.

This one is easy… and there is evidence to point to that candle fumes can be as toxic as inhaling second hand smoke!
When melted, paraffin releases fumes that are similar to those of a diesel engine, filling the air with carcinogenic chemicals. Read more at complete-health-and-happiness.com

5 Reasons Burning Candle Fumes Are Toxic

  1. Most cheapo candles are made with paraffin wax, or a paraffin wax blend.  Read #5 below to drive this point home!
  2. There are up to 20 KNOWN toxins in paraffin candles, including acetone and benzene.  I mean, who needs to be inhaling this in your own casa!
  3. In 2003 the use of lead wicks was banned in the US, however, there’s a really good chance that a lot of the cheap candles at the dollar store still are using the lead wicks!  And a lot of people save their candles, so many of you probably still have “older” candles you’re burning once in a while right?  Get rid of them!
  4. If you use those gel candles from the grocery store, know that they have the same cheap ingredients as the drugstore candles, with the added danger that people forget to blow these puppies out, and they can easily explode!
  5. And if those four reasons listed above are not enough for you, here’s the kicker… The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has recommended that we humans LIMIT our exposure to paraffin wax fumes.  Why???  Because paraffin fumes have been found to cause tumors in the kidneys and liver of lab animals.

What Can You Do To Be Candle Safe?

  • Buy only 100% soy candles to burn inside the house.  They may be more expensive than the cheapos, but you can find them at the off-price stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and even I have found great ones at the grocery stores.  Just keep your eyes peeled for 100% soy candles.
  • You can buy 100% beeswax candles as well.  These are cleaning burning candles that are safe for indoors.  You can also easily make your own Beeswax Mason Jar Candles
  • If you have candles that are not soy, only use them outdoors.
  • Switch your indoor candles to battery operated LED candles.  I keep mine on a timer so they look really nice turning on each night at dark.

100% Soy Candles I LOVE!

I buy these 100% soy candles at Stater Brothers here in California, they smell great and are 100% soy candles with metal wicks!

100 Soy Candles

The boxed jar 13.5 oz candles burn for 90 hours!

But the 18 ounce jar candles burn for 140 hours!

You could literally burn the 18 ounce jar candle for 28 different dinner parties lasting 5 hours each!

Consider this, a 3×6″ paraffin wax candle can burn down to nothing in about 8 hours!  So that’s a huge difference.

100% Soy Candles

A Healthy Glow!

The other bonus about these candles is the wax can actually be used to soften the skin!  Yes, it can!

They are also available on Amazon in lots of fragrances and are a lot less expensive than Votivo, Nest or Voluspa.
Soi Candles Goddess 13.5oz Boxed Highball

Okay, so knowing that burning candle fumes are toxic, especially in an enclosed environment, you need to take the simple steps mentioned above to clean up the air in your home.  It’s really the only air you breathe that you have total control over!

To Your Best Health!


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