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Are Candles Bad for You?

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Candles are a popular way to add ambiance and fragrance to a home. However, there is some concern that burning candles can be harmful to your health. In this blog post, we will discuss the potential health risks of candles and how to buy a safe and healthy candle.

There are a few reasons why candles may be bad for you.

1. Burning candles releases pollutants into the air, including particulate matter, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and carbon monoxide. These pollutants can irritate your eyes, nose, and throat, and may worsen respiratory conditions such as asthma and allergies.

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2. Some candles contain harmful chemicals, such as lead and phthalates. Lead is a neurotoxin that can damage the brain and nervous system, especially in children. Phthalates are endocrine disruptors that can interfere with hormones and development.

3. Burning candles can increase the risk of fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 20 home candle fires are reported every day in the United States. These fires can cause serious injuries and property damage.

4. Fragrance Allergies. No matter how good a candle is, some people have allergies to fragrance oils. Avoid scented candles if you experience allergic symptoms to them. In this case, opt for unscented candles or try different scents.

How to buy a safe and healthy candle:

If you want to enjoy the benefits of candles without the risks, there are a few things you can do.

  • Choose candles made with natural waxes, such as soy wax or beeswax. These waxes are less likely to release harmful pollutants into the air.

  • Avoid candles made with artificial fragrance. Artificial fragrances can contain harmful chemicals, such as phthalates. Choosing unscented candles or scented candles made with natural fragrance oils and essential oils is a safer alternative.

  • Choose candles with cotton wicks. Cotton wicks are less likely to produce soot and other pollutants.

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended.

  • Keep candles away from flammable materials.

Buy safe and healthy candles and enjoy their benefits without the risks.

Some candles we recommend:

Additional information:

Here are some additional tips for buying a safe and healthy candle:

  • Look for candles that are labeled "lead-free."

  • Read the candle's label carefully to see what ingredients are used.

  • If you have any concerns about the safety of a candle, it is best to avoid it.

Have you had a bad experience with candles? Hook us up with a story time in the comments.

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