A few weeks ago I posted my favourite candles. Shortly after I was bombarded by emails informing me about 2 candles that I put on my "love list" which are actually made from paraffin wax and it was explained to me how toxic these are.
I was shocked even embarrassed that I blogged about these brands so ignorantly. I'm also really angry that companies are producing candles which are so toxic and without warning. Burning one of these candles is the equivalent to starting the car in your lounge room and just letting it run.
I see candles as a therapeutic experience. I often meditate with them lit, I have children exposed to the fragrance. It's disgusting that these companies are fooling us all.
Paraffin wax is the most commonly used wax in the candle industry. It's also the final by-product in the petroleum refining chain. It's been described as 'bottom of the barrel' even after asphalt is extracted. The emissions released when a paraffin candle is burned are basically the same as is given off by burning diesel fuel.
On the other hand, candles made from soy or sustainable palm wax produce approximately a tenth of the soot produced by a comparably sized paraffin candle and do not contain any of the toxic materials. Soy also burns at a lower temperature and for longer.
Brands that use toxic paraffin wax are Glasshouse, Jo Malone and Diptyque as well as many more.
Please check that any candles that are being burnt in your house are not made from paraffin wax.
*** Please note that I stated in this blog previously that "Aromatherapy co" candles were made of paraffin. I was wrongly informed. They are all natural and safe. My apologies.
I was sent an article that stated "Tests completed in the US in 2001 revealed that paraffin wax contained 11 compounds which are classified as dangerous, some even classed as carcinogenic. One compound, carbon tetrachloride, can lead to liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage when experienced in chronic amounts. The American Lung Association has even issued warnings regarding the burning of paraffin candles as a common, unrecognised cause of poor indoor air quality."
Usually the paraffin candles have a synthetic fragrance too which means that you are breathing in another carcinogenic ingredient.
Predominately soy wax candles use essential oils which are natural and non toxic.
Best way to be safe is to buy natural soy wax candles.
There are many of these on the market, Ecoya, Enflamme, Sniff soy, Palm beach and Mor to name a few.
I have edited my last blog about candles and have removed all the toxic ones from my blog and home. I hope the bigger companies that are using paraffin wax change to soy in the near future, in the mean time double-check whats really filling your home when you light a candle.