Green Living QA: How To Choose Non-Toxic Candles?
10/30/2012 | 01:54 PM
What kind of candles are non-toxic and which ones should be avoided?
Most candles, unless otherwise labeled, are made from paraffin, a petroleum product and fumes from paraffin wax have caused kidney and bladder tumors in lab animals. Also, many of these candles have a lead core in the wick to make it burn longer. The trouble is this lead releases into the air and we breathe it in.
I always look for beeswax candles with cotton wicks. A great place to find them is at your local farmers market or natural market. There are two types of beeswax: solid, which are dipped or molded and burn well; or rolled, made from sheets of beeswax and tend to burn more quickly. Another good choice is soy candles. Avoid artificially scented candles because toxic chemicals have been found in the by-products in the combustion of artificial scents. Instead choose true essential oils. Look for 100% essential oils, rather than “made with” essential oils. This could mean there’s only one or two drops of the real stuff and the rest is synthetic.
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