Candle Toxin

Candle Toxin

Candle toxins refer to harmful substances that can be released into the air when candles are burned. Traditional paraffin candles, made from petroleum-based wax, are known to emit toxins such as benzene, toluene, and formaldehyde when they are lit. These toxins can contribute to indoor air pollution and may pose health risks, especially when candles are burned in poorly ventilated areas or for extended periods.

In contrast, candles made from natural materials like soy wax, beeswax, or coconut wax tend to produce fewer toxins when burned. These alternative waxes are cleaner-burning and do not release harmful chemicals into the air to the same extent as paraffin candles.

Additionally, fragrances and dyes used in scented candles can also contain potentially harmful chemicals. Synthetic fragrances, in particular, may contain phthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors. Opting for candles scented with essential oils or labeled as phthalate-free can help reduce exposure to these harmful compounds.

To minimize exposure to candle toxins, it's essential to choose candles made from natural waxes and scented with natural fragrances. Proper ventilation in the area where candles are burned can also help disperse any emissions and reduce indoor air pollution.

~Dr. Holland



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