Health Dangers of Scented Candles

I love scented candles, and although they seem like a safe way to fill your home with your favorite aroma, I was surprised to learn that many of them are made with paraffin wax which can release toxic chemicals into the air such as acetone, benzene and toluene when burned. The aforementioned chemicals can be found in diesel fuel emissions, which can reach deep into the lungs when inhaled causing health issues such as allergies and asthma. So, what’s one to do if they love scented candles but don’t want to put their health at risk? Look for alternatives such as beeswax or soy candles.

I recently received a 6-piece Aroma Array Candle Set form artnaturals ($29), which comes in a beautiful compartmentalized wooden box that houses each individual scented candle. These soy-based candles utilize botanical essential oils to give off a natural, long-lasting fragrance.

When I lit one of them for the first time, I was surprised that the tiny 2-oz candle gave off such a strong aroma – in a good way. In fact, before you even light the candles, you can just leave the box open without lighting any of them and you will still get a lovely aroma in the air. Also, the fragrance lingers long after you put the flame out.

I am obsessed with every scent (the six-piece set includes Sapphire, Jade, Diamond, Rosalind, Citrine, and Garnet), and I rotate them based on the ambience I want to create for myself. It helps that the candle scents are labeled based on what they can do for your mood. For example, when I’m feeling a little down, I use the scent that says, “uplift your spirit” and if I’m working on my blog, I use the “inspire your senses” one.

Learn more about this set on artnaturals website.

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