Are Candles Harmful And Poisoning You?

Bleach, paraffin, fragrance oils, and dyes are all toxic chemicals that can be harmful when released into the air. Terralite candles are hand-poured coconut wax candles blended with pure essential oils and extracts from plants that luxury scented candles were grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Our unique 100% soy wax formulation burns without petro-soot smoke toxins and our soy wax holds more scent then any other candle we know of on the market today.

Before the Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of lead in candle wicks back in 2003, the poisonous ingredient ensured they’d stand up straight—yes, really. “You’d light it, and then you’d immediately be breathing in lead emissions, which would cause elevated levels of lead in the bloodstream,” explains Tara Foley, founder of Follain. Moreover, some candle brands still use refined paraffin—a petroleum-based wax that may release carcinogenic soot when burned—and synthetic fragrance, which can emit potentially dangerous VOCs.

You really need to make sure that you are not getting a paraffin candle. Sometimes other ingredients are added for various reasons including color, stability, fragrance, or to change the way it burns. Essence and Alchemy candles are made with rapeseed wax, scented with essential oils only and poured over a handmade FSC certified wood wick.

This vegan, GMO-free candle is hand-poured with a blend of sustainably-sourced coconut wax and real essential oils, and you can’t beat that $8 price tag. Lavender is a super calming scent that will help create a soothing environment (and who couldn’t use that right now?). Many candles are a blend of paraffin and another wax but will call it a “beeswax” candle, for instance, so read your labels or reach out to the brand if you’re not sure. However, beeswax isn’t often used for scented candles as the natural smell doesn’t easily mix with other scents.

Unfortunately, many candles today are made with these substances so it is important to know what you are buying. So OK, one study was not reliable, that doesn’t mean wax is in the clear right? Well, nothing else has really come up to make us think otherwise. According to Harrington there’s no scientific basis for these claims that paraffin, or soy, or any other sort of wax could be harmful when burned. 228 Grant Street candles are hand-poured in Baltimore with natural soy derived from domestically grown soy for an eco-friendly, clean burn.

Thistle Farms does this by providing a safe place to live, meaningful employment opportunities, and a supportive community. Each day, members of the Thistle Farms community light a candle in our Nashville headquarters as a universal symbol of sanctuary and love. The Eucalyptus Mint candle is my favorite from Thistle Farms. Burning candles can introduce various toxins into your home.

Love that it’s housed in a reusable handblown borosilicate glass vessel which is perfect for their refill subscription option. Packaged in a recycled kraft cardboard box + FSC paper labels. Follain has two candles that are both a soy, coconut and cotton see wax blend candle scented with with essential oils. Candle No.1 is lavender, bergamot, sandalwood, and vanilla and No.2 with white tea, fresh fig leaf, basil and a touch of lavender.