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Many candles are made of paraffin wax, a petroleum derivative that includes 11 documented toxins. These are typically scented with petroleum-derived synthetic fragrances that may contain hormone disrupting chemicals.  Not all candles are created equal.

 

Many candles are made of paraffin wax, a petroleum derivative that includes 11 documented toxins. These are typically scented with petroleum-derived synthetic fragrances that may contain hormone disrupting chemicals.  Not all candles are created equal. Bear Creek's all natural soybean wax candles: soot-free, carcinogen-free, non-toxic, biodegradable, long lasting.

The American Chemical Society says burning paraffin is akin to burning gasoline—both emit the carcinogenic compounds toluene and benzene, pollute the air—indoors and out, and can cause asthma. The EPA also warns that some candles—generally imported ones—have lead-core wicks, which release lead into the air when burned. Some candles can produce up to 100 times more soot than others, drastically increasing the number of particulates released into the air.

Burning anything pollutes the air. If you prefer not to give up candles entirely, the best alternatives are made from beeswax or soy. These burn cleaner than paraffin. And you may even reduce your carbon footprint; beeswax candles tend to be local and handcrafted.

Look for beeswax and soy-based candles scented with essential oils at local health food stores, craft shows, farmers’ markets, or online.

To scent a room candle-free, dab a few drops of essential oils on a light bulb. As it heats up, it acts as a diffuser.

 

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