There is nothing more romantic and relaxing than a scented candle burning and filling your home with delicate aroma. Except the fact that candle might actually be filling your home with toxic chemicals. Unfortunately toxins in candles are more common than expected and we need to make sure to use quality products what are good for us and the environment. When buying candles make sure that they are made from non-GMO soy wax and have either a cotton or paper wick.
Bad ingredients in a candle
- Paraffin is the major ingredient in most of the conventional candles. Paraffin is a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry. It releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. The soot/fumes are similar to that released from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. This can contribute to serious respiratory issues like asthma.
- Scented candles may have lead or lead cores in the wick, which releases dangerous amounts of lead into your home through the candle soot. Candle wicks are supposed to be made from pure paper or cotton. Australia has banned candles with wicks that contain lead in a quantity greater than 0,06%, but I would still recommend to make sure that wick is made from cotton or paper.
- Two particularly toxic chemicals, benzene and toluene, are found in the sooty residue from burning candles. Benzene is cancer-causing and toluene affects the central nervous system.
- Artificial scents and colors may be irritants to some people and/or trigger allergic reactions. Make sure to burn candles what are scented with premium quality fragrance oils.
- Other toxins in candles that may be present in the paraffin mixture and released through burning include: Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene. Some of the toxins are found in other products such as paint, laquer and varnish removers.
Even amongst conventional candles, there are some that are better (or worse) than others. Here are some tips for what to look for and what to avoid.
- Dollar store or super-cheap candles
- Any candle that appears to have a metal-core wick
- Gel candles
- Cheap “aromatherapy” candles
WHAT CANDLES ARE OKAY TO USE?
Soy wax candles are the best, healthiest option for you and your family. They burn clean, with no harmful fumes, and have a very long burning time. There is no physical harm from using candles made from non-GMO soy wax. Use candles which are made with quality fragrance oils.
All JOIK candles are made with premium grade biodegradable non-GMO soy wax that ensures an even and clean burn, as well as perfect diffusion and scent. JOIK candles have a cotton wick and are scented with selected premium quality fragrance oils.