I’ve been seeing a ton of articles lately saying that common (paraffin) candles (especially scented and aromatherapy ones) emit toxins that cause cancer. Yuck. (I admit, everything gives you cancer it seems.) I like burning candles enough that I wouldn’t let the threat of toxins deter me, BUT since there are safer kinds of candles, like vegetable and soy based ones, why not use those instead?
-The smoke from paraffin candles emits benzene, toluene and ketones (linked to cancer, asthma and birth defects).
-The National Candle Association says candles are safe.
-The Environmental Protection Agency says that the toxins emitted can be absorbed by the deepest part of the lungs and lower respiratory tract.
-Wicks made with lead were banned in 2001, but can still be found on the market today.
-Soy candles don’t contain the chemicals paraffin candles have, and produce less soot.
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You can also check out GoodLight Natural Candles.