I was very surprised in a bad way when I learned about the various problems and issues that can come from using the scented candles. Even though they look so cute and make you feel so comfortable at home, there are some serious issues with these candles, and I felt that it was my duty, as a man who is completely into spirituality and health, to spread the word about these consequences.
My blog will be dealing with this subject very thoroughly. Many people do not know and are not aware of how these candles can be harmful to their health especially because they tend to use these candles at home the most. This subject was brought to my attention earlier by some of my friends and coworkers, so I decided that it’s the best to write about it on my blog.
The reasons why scented candles are hazardous
Scented candles are usually made of paraffin wax. This wax can be cancerous because it creates toluene and benzene, highly toxic substances which are also carcinogens. Furthermore, these candles are a large source of air pollutants that can pollute and corrupt your indoor air. The chemicals in their smoke are highly dangerous, and they can harm your health. Some studies say those chemicals are almost the same as the second-hand smoke.
I did some research on paraffin. It is a nothing more but a waste product of petroleum that needs to go through a highly toxic chemical treatment where it gets bleached and deodorized in order to reach the wax form. But this is not all; there is more. Scented candles also contain wicks. Wicks are loaded with elements like lead, which is a heavy metal, highly hazardous to your health.
Once you light up a candle, in just a few hours your indoor air will be saturated with heavy metals that are now airborne. You are inhaling those metals with each breath. Since all these candles are coming in various colors and shades, they also contain additional dyes and scents, which are also hazardous. I think the best way to avoid problems with such toxins would be to avoid scented candles and find the suitable alternatives instead.
There are scented candles that were made of soy. I have read that most of the time, soy is genetically modified so I would suggest avoiding it too but, it is healthier than wax ones for sure. My warmest recommendation would be to get the ones made of beeswax. Beeswax is one of the healthiest things in the world, next to honey. It emits negative ions which can actually purify the air in your home.