Using aromatic candles are highly toxic to you. The label wouldn’t tell you but these candles will emit harmful carcinogenic soot as well as lead.
So How Is This Possible?
In 2001, the United States Environmental Protection Agency Research and Development published an article it titled:
“Candles and Incense as Potential Sources of Indoor Air Pollution: Market Analysis and Literature Review”
This article led to manufacturers of candles in the U.S not using lead in making the wicks of their candles.
The problem now lies with those candles imported into the U.S particularly from Asia as it is estimated that 34.8% of candles in the U.S are imported from China while 13.4% are from Hong Kong.
In these countries, there are no stringent law restricting the use of lead in the production of candle wicks.
The EPA has suggested that people could inadvertently buy candles with lead wicks and fill their homes with airborne lead concentrations when they use these candles that is extremely toxic and harmful to their health.
The EPA also suggests that the risk of cancer is high as a result of the high concentration of acrolein, toluene, formaldehyde, benzene and acetaldehyde in the candles which are released when they burnt.
Soot is also produced when paraffin wax candles are used. This soot when air borne can get into the deepest part of the lungs and cause serious respiratory tract issues.
This is particularly hazardous to individuals with asthma and other respiratory problems as well as the elderly and kids.
It is now proven that paraffin wax candles with lead are in the category of low level lead poisoning and kids exposed to this low level lead exposure can have their nervous system affected.
This can lead to;
- loss of appetite
- neurobehavioral changes
- increased depression
- difficulty breathing
- kidney disease
- learning difficulties
- phobic anxiety symptoms
- memory loss
- mood and personality changes
- difficulty concentrating
- changes in sleep patterns
Here Are Candle Alternatives
You can buy natural alternatives to paraffin candles with lead wicks and here are some options;
- Beeswax candles (100%) pure, these are expensive and can cost as much as six times the price of paraffin candles.
- Vegetable cased wax candles, they must be 100% pure vegetable-based wax however as they are nontoxic and healthy.
You can get Way Out Wax in Morrisville, Vermont, they produce their candles using a mixture of hemp oil wax and vegetable wax.
You can also reduce soot from your candles by trimming the wicks to about 1¼ inch, also ensure the flame of the candle is steady, avoid burning your candles where there us a draft to avoid a proliferation of soot in your home.