Here at Sundriven, I think it is safe to say, we go through about 2-3 candles a month. Mitzi and I are absolutely obsessed with candles, especially because they create such a calming environment in the office during stressful days. However, being so health conscious, Mitzi brought up a very interesting topic a few days ago. I did some research on it and would love to share it with you…
Today, many scented aromatherapy candles are made of paraffin—petroleum by product—that release carcinogenic soot when burned; and are made from the residue leftover from oil refining (YUCK!). This can cause respiratory problems and will aggravate the conditions of those who already have asthma, lung, or heart problems. Besides endangering your health and that of your family, soot from paraffin wax can cause significant damage to the inside of your house, plus your computers, electrical appliances, and ductwork. And if that isn’t enough, aromatherapy candles that are scented with synthetic oils release microscopic particles that can cause cancer and other health problems when inhaled. Some candles even contain lead in the wick...(YICKS!)
After our findings we recommend and will be further purchasing eco-friendly, natural candles; and here are a few examples:
Soy candles As a renewable resource, soy candles boast more eco-bragging rights than conventional candles. Plus, they burn longer! But while soy candles are certainly superior to the toxic fragrances and additives in conventional candles, it’s worth noting that 91 percent of the soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified. Unless it boasts the USDA-certified organic label, it’s likely that your candle is made from GM soy.
Beeswax candles Look for these eco-bad boys at your local farmers market. Beeswax is the only naturally occurring wax on earth and pure beeswax candles are non-toxic, non-polluting and actually cleanse indoor air of odors and allergens. They also give off the faint smell of honey when burned. What more could you ask for?
Coconut wax candles 100% natural proprietary blend of organic coconut wax is made only with natural biodegradable ingredients. Coconut wax comes from the process of collecting the tropical beauties (the coconuts), and cold pressing the oil out of the meat of the coconut, and then cleaning and filtering the wax until you have a beautiful white, creamy, dreamy wax.... Clean, Natural, and Healthy.
Author: Nazanin Yashar