Why You Should Think Twice Before Burning Scented Candles
Scented candles are one of the easiest and most effective ways to mask odors in your house, but they are particularly popular during the holiday season for creating holiday scents, or simply relaxing by a warm bubble bath at the end of the day. Girls go crazy for Target deals or Bath and Body works candles and scent sticks, but it might be time to reconsider having these smells in your home.
The biggest problem with scented candles is the scent itself. The scents used in scented candles emit numerous types of hazardous chemicals and toxins into the air you breathe - such as benzene and toluene. In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. These airborne chemical compounds can cause damage to the brain, lungs and central nervous system as well as cause developmental difficulties! The strong smells of scented candles come from high amounts of synthetic fragrances. Many people cannot breathe that much fragrance without triggering an asthma attack or a migraine.
So let’s say you light a candle every day during the Holiday season.
Every time you light it and breathe in the scents, the inhalation of these pollutants drifting into the air could be contributing to the development of health risks like cancer, common allergies and even asthma. Is it worth it? Probably not.
Many people believe they are healthy if they eat plenty of vegetables and fruits and exercise once daily - and this is great - but we should really be thinking about what we are exposing our bodies to everyday, especially inside our homes! To think that your favorite candle could potentially be bad for your health is probably pretty shocking, but it’s actually not surprising when we look at regulations on fragrance in the United States. Fragrance is actually considered a brand’s trade secret and they are not required to disclose the ingredients used to achieve said scent. This means that any number of chemicals and compounds could be hiding in the fragrance that you will never know the negative health effects of.
Though the risk to you may seem like not a big deal at first, think of what a build up of chemicals could do your body if inhaled daily. Between air fresheners, body lotions, shampoos, room sprays, plug-ins and candles, we are bombarded with synthetic fragrances on a daily basis. We don’t yet know what the health effects of these things will look like over time, but we are only just now seeing certain triggers like hormone disruption, asthma, migraines, and respiratory issues.
So what to do?
It is best to avoid scented candles of any kind, yes, even those with essential oils. Why? Because, like all other cosmetics, 98% of essential oils sold on retail shelves contain some percentage of hazardous chemicals, and burning those is no better than burning a synthetic fragrance. Another alternative you might see is soy candles, but because 96% of all soy is genetically modified, it is better to avoid soy completely.
The best alternative is beeswax candles which are not only safe, but actually clean the air inside your home! Because true beeswax candles are a source of negative ions, they can help reduce indoor air pollution such as those emitted from WiFi boxes.
What about scent? How can I still enjoy scents indoors?
The only way to enjoy scents in your home without dangers of toxic exposure is to diffuse 100% therapeutic grade essential oils. Diffusing pure essential oils will deliver strong, powerful and delicious scents to any home without the dangers of toxic pollutants - but, choosing the right essential oil company is what makes all the difference.
Buying cheap essential oils is just as bad as burning a scented candle.
Essential oils are everywhere right now, if you haven’t noticed. They’re at Whole Foods, Target, Amazon, Walmart, Costco, online… so why is it important what essential oils you use? Can’t you just go grab a set at Target? NO WAY. Here’s why: 98% of EO companies are cutting corners by diluting their oils, filling them with chemicals, cutting them with synthetic compounds, or spraying herbicides and growth hormones on the farms that the plants are grown on before the oil is even distilled.
Do you see why that by buying any basic oils, you’re no better off than buying a candle? The oils that are altered or cut will give you the same issues that all the fragrance filled stuff will. Not worth the money.
Do yourself and your body a favor and opt to remove toxic fragrances from your home this coming year. Did you know that burning a candle for just one hour is equivalent to smoking a cigarette? What is emitted into the air via the fumes, fragrance, and soot is just as bad for our insides as nicotine. With the amount of toxins and chemicals we allow in our homes today, the air inside our house is actually 5-7 times more toxic than the outside air.
My hope for you, reading this post is that you have learned something beneficial today that you will take to heart in your health journey. I hope it makes you more aware of the toxins in fragrances. Aware of what you’re bringing into your home, breathing in, and even putting on your body. This stuff really matters. Your health matters so much more than you might know.
I know that change is hard - it SUCKS. Empowering yourself with knowledge can feel overwhelming, and like your whole life has been a huge lie. Why are we exposed to so many dangerous things everyday anyway?
I know it can be frustrating - but all you have to do is decide. So, if you are ready to make the switch away from toxic fragrances today, and say NO THANK YOU to breathing in health hazards, I got you.
Young Living is my go-to for all things nontoxic, 100% pure and essential oil based. Being a member of Young Living means having access to an entire lifestyle of clean, safe, and plant based products - delivered straight to your door. Think shampoo, makeup, skincare, dish soap, laundry soap, and best of all - essential oils.
To kick all of the toxic scents out of your home, all you have to do is get the starter kit. This kit is designed for the absolute beginner, and gives you all the oils you need to kick chemicals to the curb. Included in your kit is 11 essential oils, a FREE diffuser, sample packets, and a product guide. With those oils and your diffuser, you will have everything you need to replace those scary toxins with real plant juice! Essential oils aren't medicine, they aren't cosmetics or perfumes - they are a complete lifestyle. So jump in friend, and join our tribe!
When you order your kit, I will send you a cute little packet with some welcome gifts by mail (yes, actually), I’ll follow up by email, and I’ll get you added to my Facebook group for 1 on 1 support from me!
If you’re not ready yet, it's totally cool. I'm not here to push you, I'm here to encourage and support you to live your healthiest life. If you still need time to think about it, keep your eye out for one of my upcoming online classes! (Pssst.... I'll announce these by email or Facebook!)
As always, wishing you health & happiness!