Scented candles could cause cancer

Scented candles could cause cancer

The cost of using scented candles to keep your house smelling fresh could be much higher than just the price tag on those expensive Yankee Candles.


Scented candles might give off a lot more than just a pleasant aroma. They can react with other elements in the air to create a cancer-causing agent.


Researchers have found some perfumed products in the home can create unhealthy levels of  formaldehyde.Burning fragrant candles, while seemingly innocent, could be unleashing a host of chemicals in to your home’s air.The research discovered an ingredient – called limonene – used in scented candles mutates in to formaldehyde when it released in to the air.


Limonene itself isn’t particularly dangerous, but when it’s released into the air, it reacts with ozone to create formaldehyde — yes, the same formaldehyde used in embalming. Once it reacts with ozone in the air, creating formaldehyde. This carcinogen can make your eyes burn, irritate the skin, create coughing fits and nausea, or even cause nose and throat cancers.

The pleasant manner to fight the presence of formaldehyde inside the domestic is to open doorways and windows after the use of a scented candle or spraying air freshener.

Candles make everything special – unless their wicks are made from lead and the candle itself is full of chemicals that could cause cancer.

The candles themselves should be made with 100 percent soy, beeswax, coconut wax, hemp oil, or some combination that doesn’t contain any paraffin.

Here are candles to look for when you shop:

Ava – Peppermint candle, made with organic coconut wax, organic beeswax, and natural cotton wicks, and infused with pure essential oils. It will burn 45-50 hours.

Honey Candles — 100% pure beeswax candles offer a warm glow, soft honey scent, and air purifying effects that don’t release toxins. Plus, the company supports the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees and re-melts leftover beeswax into tins and sends them to families in need.

Way Out Wax – Vermont company makes candles both out of one hundred percent beeswax and from a combination of vegetable wax and hemp oil wax. The wick is cotton or hemp, and any fragrance is derived by essential plant oils. By the way, to minimize soot, trim wicks to 1/4 inch, and do not burn candles near a draft.

Big Dipper Wax Works – These 100 percent beeswax candles come as long tapers, stocky pillars, votives and tea lights, and in charming sculpted molds like stars, hearts, and pumpkins.

Sunbeam Candles, Inc. — Sunbeam uses solar power to hand-craft beautiful beeswax, soy wax and aromatherapy candles with, as they say, “the purest ingredients available at the least cost to Mother Earth.” Their candle shop is solar-powered, they ship carbon-neutral, and— here’s a first for me—are a “certified living wage employer.” Choose from among beeswax, soy wax, and aromatherapy candles that only use 100% pure essential oils for scenting.

Emz Blendz – These pure soy wax candles are sold as pillars or in glass jars you can use in your bathroom or when you travel. Enjoy such natural fragrance combinations as lemongrass sage, cranberry spice, or coconut lime.

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