I challenge you to think of an occasion—Christmas, birthday, house-warming, anniversary of any kind—when you weren't gifted a candle.
It's almost a rite of passage. Once you're too old for pyjamas with cats on them, people start giving you scented candles—apple cinnamon, Bahama breeze, french vanilla, etc.
Scented candles are touted as mood enhancers, emotional soothers, creators of ambiance.
Truth is, most commercially produced candles contain substances that when burned, may emit small amounts of toxins such as acetone, benzene, lead and mercury, polluting the air in your home (and the world).
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Paraffin is the common name for alkane hydrocarbons, a by-product of petroleum refining (i.e.an inexpensive sludge waste product of the petroleum industry that has been bleached with acrolyn, a known carcinogen). Soot from paraffin candles also contains many of the same toxins found in diesel fuel.
Talk about an ambiance killer.
Protect your indoor air quality. Make non-toxic candles out of soy or beeswax with my simple recipe. This step-by-step DIY video makes it easy. Think of all the things you can reuse to make beautiful candles—sea shells, tea tins, tea cups.
If you're crafted out, buy unrefined beeswax candles. You'll know them because they smell like honey! Look for soy wax or beeswax tea lights, votives, and birthday candles, too.
Have you switched to safer candles?
Lindsay Coulter, Queen of Green