The truth about candles

There are so many varieties of candles made from all different types of wax. What type of candle is the best for health?

Generally, any pure wax is good, as long as they do not contain paraffin. Paraffin wax which is commonly used in candle production is a nasty chemical based wax made of hydrocarbons, it is bad for your skin and is known to clog your pores.

When it is burning it irritates the eyes and can cause problems in your respiratory tract. When it burns it produces highly toxic benzene and toluene which are known carcinogens, so when shopping search for a pure wax candle that does contain paraffin.

The best natural waxes include pure soy wax, beeswax, coconut, hemp oil. The wick is also an important factor, the best wicks are made from wood, cotton and paper.

You can get candles that have pure organic essential oils added, these can boost your mood and improve your overall health-promoting relaxation, and more. You should always check ingredients before use if you have any allergies. Make sure to always extinguish candles when you go to sleep, never leave them unattended.

A word about fragrance, most fragrances produced in products are artificially made and are known as synthesised.

These contain more chemical pollutants that cause havoc on health. Candles containing only pure organic essential oil as the fragrance are the best.

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