Can Your Candles Make You Sick?
Are candles toxic? The answer is yes and no, depending on the type of candle you are burning.
That new candle might smell great, but is it endangering your health?? Many candles are made from paraffin, a petroleum byproduct. It releases carcinogenic soot when you burn it. It can cause respiratory problems and aggravate asthma, and lung and heart problems.
“Burning an aromatherapy candle made of paraffin is similar to preparing a healthy drink of fresh-squeezed juice and adding a shot of gasoline,” says Eric Johnson of Candleworks.
Not only can paraffin wax be dangerous to your health, but the soot can also damage electrical appliances, ductwork, even your computer!
Older candles may include a lead-core wick (don’t worry if your candles are newer than 10 years old).
If you’re a candle lover, what can you do? Look for soy wax candles with cotton wicks. Soy wax is made from soybean oil, a plant-based resource. It’s biodegradable and basically CO2-neutral. Soy candles can help you create the atmosphere you want in a safe, uplifting way.