Today we answering the question - "are candles bad for you?" We love this topic and are very passionate about it. In fact, it is one of the primary reasons why we started making candles. We wanted to be able to burn candles in our home without worrying about all the toxins that many candles contain.
Common Toxins in Candles
How to Buy Natural Candles
Even though many candles contain toxic chemicals, it is possible to find candles that are natural and clean-burning. As a general rule-of-thumb, more expensive candles tend to be cleaner burning. However, I have seen some really expensive candles that still contain small amounts of paraffin wax. The best way to ensure that you are burning natural candles is to check the ingredients in the candles. I personally like to buy candles from smaller business because they are usually pretty open and transparent about the ingredients in their candles. Here are some key things to look for.
One of the most important things to look for in candles is that they are made 100% Natural Wax (like Soy or Bees Wax). We personally prefer soy wax. Not only is soy better for the environment because it is a natural resource but it also burns 50% longer than candles made with other waxes. Candles made with 100% soy wax also produce little to no black soot when burned. It is important to not that many candles will made with soy wax but are actually mixed with paraffin wax (which we covered above).
Essential Oil Fragrances
The most natural type of fragrances is essential oils. Buying candles scented with only essential oils is a great way to ensure that the fragrances in your candle are natural. It is important to note that candles scented with only essential oils have a much lighter fragrance throw.
Phthalate Free Fragrances
Another important thing to look for when purchasing candles is phthalate free fragrances. Even 100% essential oils are great, research has shown that certain essential oils will have little to no fragrance throw if used by themselves in candles. Thus, it is important to look for fragrances that are phthalate-free.
So in conclusion, even though many candles are bad for you health and environment, there are candles that are completely or almost completely natural. It is so important to take the time and look at the ingredients in the candles you buy. A high quality candle is definitely worth the investment. Here are a few of our favorites below.