Most of the candles found on the market contain paraffin or some sort of paraffin mixture. This solution is actually cheap due to which it is the main reason why manufacturers use it for production. In fact, the paraffin is causing breathing problems on people that have asthma and it is considered as harmful as second hand smoke.
Melted paraffin actually releases fumes that is similar to the one that is released from diesel motors which fill the air with carcinogenic chemicals. The chemicals that are released in the air from these products are benzene and toluene which causes lung cancer and headaches. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health there is certain limit that people should be exposure to these fumes, because it could lead to growth of tumor in the liver and kidneys.
In fact paraffin candle wax contain more than 20 toxic substances such as carbon disulfide, acetone, trichlorofluoromethane, trichloroethane, carbon tetrachloride, xylene, phenol, styrene, chlorobenzene, ethylbenzene, tetrachloroethene, cyclopentene, cresol, etc.
Due to these reasons you should avoid using scented candles such as Glade and Febreeze, as well as cheap aromatherapy candles. Make sure that you also avoid gel candles because the same petrochemicals as paraffin and could be very dangerous if the glass container explode.
Here are some advices on what to use instead:
- Soy candles
These are great candles that could replace the paraffin candles. Also these candles burn for longer period of time and are also soot-free. One negative things in regards to the use of this candle is that it could get spoiled without a preservative and often contain hardeners and bleach.
- Beeswax candles
You could find these candles in all shapes and sizes, and they are toxic free. Also they will not cause any allergic reactions, and don’t release any contaminants. On the other hand they light 5 times brighter and longer than paraffin candles. In fact, these candles are more expensive than paraffin candles, but they are much more healthier than the others.