Why Should You Choose Chemical Free Natural Candles?

Do you wonder why chemical free,  natural candles are a much healthier choice then their counterparts? You’ve found the prettiest candle which smells heavenly and you just love the soft romantic atmosphere candles create…. That candle is sitting on the bedside or coffee table, waiting for that special moment to light it. You’d be shocked to know those beautiful looking candles you have unwittingly bought in rich colors with lovely fragrances are actually highly carcinogenic! At the end of the article are our personal choices of natural beeswax, soy and palm oil candles you can buy on Amazon for your home.

The ingredients used for these more commonly sold candles, include such toxic mixtures as paraffin wax, synthetic fragrances. It is a known fact that paraffin wax is a by product of petroleum. Not something you would generally consider bringing into your home.

Those Pretty As A Picture Candles May Seem Safe, But……

Though they seem safe, those regular scented candles we see everywhere in gift stores are actually a huge source of indoor air pollution . As they burn, they emit c highly toxic chemicals which are considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. Theses candles are made from paraffin. Paraffin is a petroleum waste product which is deodorized and chemically bleached before it can be made in to the wax candles we are familiar with.

The majority of candles are made from paraffin wax, which when burned, creates a nasty combination of highly toxic benzene and toluene – both are known carcinogens. The toxins released are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. Nasty indeed!

Candle Wicks Contain Lead

Added to that, the candle wicks contain heavy metals like lead, and after a few hours of burning, can create levels of airborne heavy metals  which are much higher than the acceptable limits. In the US, manufactures of candle wicks are legally supposed to make wicks from cotton or paper, but studies have found that as much as 30% of candle wicks contain heavy metals.

Research has shown the air quality and soot from paraffin candles has many of the same compounds as burning diesel fuel. Up to 11 carcinogens, and is equivalent to having a miniature 18 wheeler in your home. Would you knowingly choose this?

The Environmental Magazine Says Candles Are A Top Contributor Of Indoor Pollution

A recent article in “The Environmental Magazine” stated that a study of residents in both rural and industrial areas were found to have high levels of chemicals in their “subjects” bodies. Indicating they had received doses of pollutants in their homes, 5 to 70 times higher than the highest outdoor levels to ever have been found. It is true that burning candles are listed as one of the top contributors to indoor pollution.

“A candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air, says the CPSC, which is why they banned lead wicks in 2003. Exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.” (source)

Many candles also contain artificial scents and dyes, which release additional chemicals when burned. (source)

“Other toxic chemicals 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– that’s potent and powerful stuff!”

So obviously a much wiser choice to burn in your homes would be the natural candles. Such as beeswax, soya, and palm oil candles.

Here Are Some Chemical Free Candle Alternatives

1) Organic Beeswax Candles

Beeswax actually stimulates the pituitary gland, increasing intuition, creativity and heightened dream activity. Some people claim that burning beeswax candles before bed helps them to achieve a more restful nights sleep.

If you have ever looked into the flame of a beeswax candle burning, you will notice the wonderful amber glow that the candle gives off. In fact, based on light spectrum, light emitted from a natural candle such as beeswax is the closest to sunlight.

These candles burn up to 50% longer then the common toxic filled candles, making them a much wiser choice for health reasons and for the long lasting burning times. They remove toxins from the air while burning and remove viruses that may be linger in the air as well.

2) Organic Soy Candles

Soy candles are made from a soyabean based wax, and are generally vegan, soot free, and biodegradable. They also burn up to 50% longer then paraffin laced candles.

If spillage occurs these candles can be cleaned up with soap and water. Because soy wax is soft, they are usually encased in a glass jar or tin.

3) Palm oil candles are another natural candle. Made from palm oil wax that comes from coconuts ( the fruit of the palm trees) so no plants die during the harvesting. Palm oil candles are clean and long lasting burners as well.

Watch out for the mixes: read all the labels. As some companies advertise that they are 100% paraffin free, when in fact, some of these companies add a little paraffin wax to their mix.

Candle Ingredients To Avoid

Avoid lead: lead based wicks are very common in regular non- natural based candles. This common ingredient can be extremely hazardous to your bodies health. So watch for this when making your next purchase. Some natural candle companies still are using stearic acid- an animal-derived fat from the meatpacking plants.

Go scentless: those alluring scents and colors may make for a less healthy choice when choosing your candles. Synthetic fragrances are often added to the candles and are identified as VOC- emitters

Make Your Home Chemical Free Home With Natural Candles

To ensure you are protecting your health and those of your family, choose to buy 100% chemical free natural candles made from as close to pure ingredients as possible. Paying a little extra for your beautiful candle guarantees you a non toxic candle in which you can enjoy hours of pleasure from. One other alternative would be to create your own natural candles by making them at home. Making your own candle is very easy, there are loads of candle making kits available online, and it’s a lot of fun. You could check out different Internet sites that supply all the needed ingredients and tools to get you started today!

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