The two biggest health hazards hiding in your scented candle:
- They’re considered an indoor pollutant by the EPA. Many popular scented candles are made up of paraffin wax, which is petroleum based. The flame doesn’t get hot enough to completely melt the oils in the wax, allowing chemicals (including carcinogens) to pollute your environment.
- Candle wicks can also contain a lead core, which, when burnt, release lead into the air. While candles are no longer allowed to be sold with lead-cored wicks, they are occasionally still found in discount stores. Lead is a known toxin with dangerous consequences to exposure, particularly for children, including developmental, respiratory and reproductive toxicity, among many others. Look for non-toxic candles that contain 100% cotton wicks and avoid any with a wick with a wire center, even if it doesn’t contain lead.
3 Tips You Need To Scent Your Home Safely With Non-Toxic CandlesLuckily, there’s no reason to completely give up on the cozy company of a flickering flame or enjoying the warm scents we have come to associate with this time of year.
- Swap for a safer wax.
- Check the label!
- Think outside the wick.