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Dr. Oz Recommends Choosing Safe & Healthy Candles

Posted on December 15 2016

The soft and warm glow of a candle can set the tone for a romantic evening or movie night and can add a blissful and welcoming glow to any room. While you may feel comfortable picking up any old candle at the grocery store, it’s important to to be aware of the dangerous and toxic chemicals that are used to produce most candle fragrances. In this article we’ll go over what to look for in candles as well as how to choose safe and non-toxic ones for your home.

Watch Out For Lead

Many conventional wax candles on the market today have lead or lead cores in the wick. This means that as long as your candle wick is burning, the candle is releasing dangerous amounts of lead into your home’s air through the candle soot. Lead can cause an array of negative health effects including increased blood pressure and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

Beware Of Paraffin

Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct that is used in a majority of the candles you see on the market today. When a paraffin candle is heated, it gives off an irritating carcinogenic soot that can upset your respiratory system and lead to a whole host of lung problems. If you or your children suffer from asthma, stay away from candles that contain paraffin!

Alternatives To Non-Toxic Candles

If you’re looking for an alternative to toxic candles, you’re in luck! There are a variety of natural candle substitutions to choose from. Among the most popular candle types, soy candles take the cake for being the most eco-friendly. Soy candles are created without the use of toxins, carcinogens and pollutants, not to mention they’re biodegradable and last longer than other traditional wax candles.

If you’re interested in learning more about purchasing non-toxic candles, check out this great video and PDF from Dr. Oz! When it comes to purchasing non-toxic candles, follow these helpful tips below:

  • Look to buy candles that are made from soy. If soy is unavailable, opt for 100% pure beeswax.
  • If you’re unsure if your candle has a lead wick, try this simple in-home wick test! If your candle has never been lit, rub the tip of the wick with a small piece of white paper. If the wick leaves a gray mark, like a pencil, the wick contains a lead core.
  • If you see a candle wick with a metal core — throw it out!
  • Don’t have time to grab a naturally scented candle? Try creating your own scent with a simmer jar! All you have to do is find your favorite natural scents, such as cinnamon or peppermint and heat some water up to a near boil. Let your scented ingredients simmer for about fifteen minutes and then pour your lovely smelling concoction into a mason jar. Place the mason jar anywhere in your home and enjoy the fresh, natural scent of your creation!

Lovespoon Candles creates lovely soy candles with luxury in mind. Shop our online store today to find the perfect soy candle for you!

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