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Different types of candle wax and which ones to use for toxin free living

Published:23 Mar, 2017     By: Salan Khalkho     2 min read

The major chunk of candle wax that you see around is made of paraffin wax. It creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned. Both the toxic chemicals are known to be carcinogens. The toxins released from burning candle wax are same as you get from diesel fuel fumes.


candles for toxin free living

Regular scented candles may seem safe in every way, yet they are huge source of indoor air pollution. They put off chemicals that are as dangerous as second hand smoke. A regular candle wax is made from paraffin which is a petroleum waste product that undergoes chemical process in order to be bleached and get rid of its undesirable odor, before it is made into wax.

Candle wax is made of paraffin wax

The major chunk of candle wax that you see around is made of paraffin wax. It creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned. Both the toxic chemicals are known to be carcinogens. The toxins released from burning candle wax are same as you get from diesel fuel fumes.

Candle wick contain heavy metals

Unfortunately, to add insult to injury, many scented candles have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead. In only about few hours of burning, they create levels of airborne heavy metals which are much higher than the acceptable limits.

Candle wick contain heavy metals

Though wicks are supposed to be made from cotton or paper, studies have revealed that as much as 30 percent of candles have wick that contain heavy metals. Exposure to high amount of lead is linked to hormone disruption, learning disabilities, behavioral problems and numerous other health problems.

Safe alternatives to toxic paraffin wax candle

Fortunately there are many safe alternatives to scented candles, for example soy-based candles and beeswax candles. They are not only safe but they also bring along added benefits such as helping to clean indoor air. This means you don't have to give up candles altogether. 

Safe alternatives to toxic paraffin wax candle

Ways to avoid candle toxin

  • Buy pure beeswax candles with cotton wicks. It is free of toxins and gives off warm glow. 
  • Beeswax costs as much as six times the cost of ordinary paraffin candle wax. Many manufactures blend paraffin with their beeswax to cut the costs. So it is important to ensure the candles you are buying are 100 percent beeswax. You can know this by reading the labels. The label should also read "lead free".
  • Candles made from 100 percent vegetables based wax are also nontoxic. You may find many manufacturers make their candle wax by blending vegetables wax with hemp oil wax. This is a good alternative to scented paraffin wax.
  • No matter what kind you wick you have in your candle, it will give out soot. To reduce the amount of soot, you can trim your wicks to 1" inch and do not burn your candles near a draft.


    Important Note: Medical and health related information given in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. This article is intended for general informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor immediately. Always seek the advice of your doctor before starting or changing treatment.



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