Are Candles Toxic? : Best Non Toxic Candles to Use
Recently people have started discussing how toxic candles can be. This will force you to think – “Are candles actually toxic?”
You might feel suffocated while burning certain candles in a closed room or non ventilated room, right? And you must be thinking about the reason behind this feeling. Continue reading to know more.
According to the recently published report, the materials used in candles are toxic and it can cause various health issues.
What are candles made of and what is so bad about candles?
Most of the candles are made up of paraffin wax. When the wax is heated, it releases toxic chemicals like benzene and toluene. These chemicals released while heating paraffin wax is similar to those present in diesel fumes.
Inhaling these toxic chemicals can lead to serious health issues like cancer, asthma and allergies.
Not just the waxes, even the wick used in candles are toxic. It contains lead and you all must be aware that inhaling lead can lead to major health issues like hormone disruption, behavior problems and even learning disabilities.
In spite of all these, remember that NOT all candles are toxic.
What type of candles is non toxic?
You must be thinking about the best and the safest alternative for toxic candles, right?
Here are some of the points to remember when you shop a candle.
- Instead of wick containing lead, choose candles made up of cotton wick or paper wick.
How to identify if the wick has lead content?
- When buying a candle, look for “lead free” label.
- Take a piece of paper and rub the tip of the unused candle. If it leaves a grey colored mark, then it contains lead.
- If you are planning to choose a scented one, then it is better to go for the one which is scented with pure essential oils.
- Instead of paraffin wax, choose candles made up of soy wax, coconut wax, beeswax or hemp oil.
Non toxic candles:
Below mentioned are some of the non toxic candles to look for when you shop:
- Soy candles:
A pure soy candle will have an absolutely blue flame. It is 100% bio degradable and burns longer than paraffin candles; as a result, they impart fragrance more rapidly. The spill of soy wax can easily be cleaned.
Are Soy candles Safe?
Below mentioned are some of the reasons why soy candles are better.
- Soy candles are better for health. A pure soy candle is considered to be one of the perfect candles since they produce no soot after burning.
- Soy wax on burning purifies the area around. This wax is petro carbon soot free which reduces the amount of air pollution inside the room.
Before buying a candle check if it is made up of pure soy wax or not; because there are many candles which are not 100% pure and have a partial mixture of paraffin in them. There might be a case where the wax would be pure but the wick has the base of lead which is harmful.
- Yankee candles:
These candles come under the category of scented candles. The regular scents are bifurcated as per the seasons which popularize these candles.
The wax of Yankee candles is prepared from the composition of soy and extraction of filtered paraffin. The manufacturers of Yankee candles claim that they use wicks made of cotton. The fragrance is extracted from the essential oils.
Are Yankee candles toxic?
Yankee candles are safe for use. The fragrance used does not emit any toxic chemicals.
Best Yankee candle scents
Some of the best Yankee candle scents are enumerated below.
|Chocolate layer cake|
|Fresh cut roses|
Safe scented candles:
Here are some of the safe scented candles which will not give you serious health issues:
They use organic beeswax and coconut wax. Wicks used are made up of natural cotton and pure essential oils are used.
- Big Dipper wax works:
These candles are made by using 100% beeswax and pure essential oils.
- Honey candles:
These candles are made up of 100% pure beeswax. These candles do not release toxins.
Strong smelling candles
Some of the heavenly smelling candles are listed below:
- Resonance candles:
The fragrances of these candles are extremely calming and have the maximum aroma. Hence it gives the maximum benefits when used in aromatherapy.
These candles are made up of vegetable waxes such as kokum, soya, sunflower and coconut. This makes the candle fumes safe to inhale even in closes spaces.
- Lighthaus candles:
These wonderfully scented candles provide treat to all your senses and transform the surroundings with its elegant look and heavenly fragrances that make every day special.
Lavender field, english rose, midnight jasmine and vanilla caramel are some of the breathtaking range of aromas available.
If you are planning to buy a candle for your home or for gifting purpose, choose the candle smartly. Prefer the candles made up of cotton wick, vegetable (soy based) or beeswax.
To help you find natural candles for decorating or gifting purpose, we have listed a few of them below. Have a look…
- Eliora candles:
These candles are prepared without using any candle additives. Best quality fragrance oils and natural waxes are used. These candles burn cleanly and evenly for almost 30 hours.
- Arvedikas candles:
These candles are made up of soy wax and while burnt, it creates a soothing ambiance and the fragrance is carried to every corner of the room.
Lead and zinc free cotton wicks are used to create an environmental friendly burn.
Fragrance used in these candles is 100% paraffin free and naphthalene free.
Are bath and body works candles safe?
Yes, bath and body work candles are safe. But remember the below mentioned points when you consider using it.
- Never burn the candles for more than 3 to 4 hours.
- Always trim the wick to ¼ inch.
- Never use water to extinguish the frames.
- Do not keep the burning candle unattended.
Making beeswax candles with coconut oil:
If you wish to create your own candles using beeswax and coconut oils, here is step by step procedure to guide you. Let’s get started!
Before starting with the procedure, let us see why beeswax.
- Beeswax candles have the aroma of honey.
- This is best for the once suffering from allergy, asthma or to the one who is sensitive to smells.
- 100% pure beeswax emits very less smoke.
- Wax drip is very little and hence it lasts longer.
- Yellow beeswax and white beeswax are the two types available in the market.
Yellow beeswax: In this wax, the natural color and aromas are preserved when it is filtered for purity.
White beeswax: In this wax, the natural color is removed and aromas are preserved when it is filtered for purity. No chemicals or additives are used in the filtering process.
Now let’s discuss the procedure of making beeswax candles using coconut oil.
- Wick tabs
- Beeswax – 450 grams
- Coconut oil – ½ cup
Step 1: Attach the wick tab to the candle jar.
Step 2: Take candle wick (it is better to choose cotton or paper wick), cut it a few inches taller than the jar.
Step 3: Attack the wick to the wick tab using a hot glue gun (using hot glue gun is optional).
Step 4: Glue the wick tab in the center of the jar. (You can use the hot glue gun or a drop of wax to glue the wick).
Step 5: Place a popsicle stick or pencil across the top of the jar to support the wick.
Step 6: Using a double boiler, melt the beeswax and coconut oil.
Step 7: Add pure essential oil to melted wax and oil mixture. The quantity of essential oil depends on the size of the jar (approx 40 to 120 drops)
Step 8: Carefully pour the melted mixture into the jar and wait till it hardens.
Step 9: Cut the extra wick.
How to clean or remove wax from the dish or utensil?
After making candles at home, you must be thinking how to clean or remove wax from the utensils used for melting. So here is a simple cleaning tip to help you out!
- Bring water to boil
- Put the utensil in boiling water
- After some time, use tongs to remove the utensil from water
- Immediately wipe the wax away using old cloth or paper towel.
- Scrub the utensil with soap and wash it thoroughly.
- Preheat oven for some time and turn it off
- Place the utensil inside
- When the wax is melted, use old cloth or paper towel to wipe it away
- After that scrub with soap and wash it thoroughly
Best essential oil candles:
Some of the best essential oils (EO) used in candles are listed below:
- Lavender EO
- Citrus EO
- Eucalyptus EO
- Sandalwood EO
- Rose EO
- Rosemary EO
- Tea tree EO
- Peppermint EO and many more
Lavender essential oil Candles:
This candle is infused with relaxing lavender essential oil which is 100% pure. The aroma revitalized the mind, body and soul!
Rosemary essential oil Candles:
This candle has a soothing and pleasant fragrance which helps in relaxing and refreshing the mind.
Ingredients used in making this candle are purely organic.
This scented candle also acts as an anxiety and stress reliever. The fragrance is also good for cold symptoms, flatulence and motion sickness.
Eucalyptus scented candle:
This candle uses eucalyptus essential oil and has a hint of rose, citron and lily. It relaxes the mind and keeps you at ease the whole day. This candle is made by using soy wax and burns for almost 110 hours leaving a very little residue on the glass.
How to make beeswax candles from raw beeswax?
Are you planning to make candles using raw beeswax and wondering how to clean the beeswax? Then read on to know more.
Candle makers who use raw beeswax usually clean their own beeswax since it contains impurities.
If you want to clean raw beeswax before making beeswax candles, then follow below mentioned steps.
Step1: Heat the beeswax using double boiler or microwave; and heat till it melts completely.
Step 2: Carefully pour the melted wax through the cheesecloth. Instead of cheesecloth, you can even use an old t-shirt or pillow case.
Step 3: Discard the impurities that remain on the top of cheesecloth.
Making beeswax candle using raw beeswax:
After cleaning the raw beeswax, follow below mentioned steps to make a candle.
Step 4: Attach the wick tab to the candle jar.
Step 5: Take candle wick (it is better to choose cotton or paper wick), cut it a few inches taller than the jar.
Step 6: Attack the wick to the wick tab using a hot glue gun (using hot glue gun is optional).
Step 7: Glue the wick tab in the center of the jar. (You can use a hot glue gun or a drop of wax to glue the wick).
Step 8: Place a popsicle stick or pencil across the top of the jar to support the wick.
Step 9: Carefully pour the melted and purified beeswax mixture into the jar and wait till it hardens.
Step 9: Cut the extra wick.
Aromatherapy candles for stress relief:
Below mentioned are some of the aromatherapy candles which helps in relieving stress.
Way out west collection lavender candles:
This high quality, authentic essential oil candle is made by using pure Lavender essential oil which has beneficial stress relief qualities.
Eucalyptus Spearmint candle by Bath & Body Works:
This candle brings amazing aroma into your home. The materials used to make this candle are of best quality. It includes natural Eucalyptus and Spearmint. The fragrance clears your thoughts, uplift and restore your mind. This also has an amazing stress relieving benefits.