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Okay so about a year ago or so I started seeing posts about how scented home products are toxic to our pets. I noticed that most mentioned air fresheners that you spray in the air or plug-ins so I disregarded the posts thinking, I stopped using those things years ago. Then the EPA came out with a study that included scented candles as well. I still didn’t really pay much mind due to it being summer & not really using candles in the summertime. Well now fall is on the way and I can’t bare the thought of not having a mood-setting, rustic smelling evening candle flaming every night as I snuggle with my doggos, blanky on lap, tea in hand. So now it’s time for me to get serious & find out exactly what makes certain candles toxic, how to avoid these things, & a simple go-to list of trusted brands to make things convenient for me.
What Makes A Candle Toxic
Lead Core Wicks – These were banned back in 2003 but still worth mentioning. If you are of an age that you might have candles that old, I am, it’s time to replace them.
Paraffin Wax – A study released by South Carolina State University reports that paraffin & petroleum-based candles release undesirable alkanes. That’s scientist speak for they release harmful chemicals also known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Artificial Fragrance – It was a little hard to find anything on the what & why artificial sents are bad so I came to my own conclusion with help of this sweet VOCs Report. If I am so emotionally attached, and I am, to having a scented candle I am going t but one that only uses fragrances I would feel comfortable lighting on fire directly. That leaves me with the essential oils I use in diffusers.
Ingredients I Look For In A Scented Candle
Vegetable-Based Wax – In the study from SCU mentioned above they reported that vegetable-based wax candles did not release any of the harmful chemicals that the paraffin candles did.
Beeswax – Everywhere I went (on the inter-webs) suggested beeswax candles. Unscented, of course, but still the best non-toxic option. This makes complete sense to me. I mean beeswax is completely natural & requires zero alteration. I did find that these candles are a little expensive so I have included other options.
100% Cotton or Hemp Wick – This ensures that the wick doesn’t have lead combined in the wick to make it burn evenly.
Lead-Free Label – A I was researching this I found that companies are blending lead chemicals in their candles and are still able to advertise that the natural ingredients only. No mas.
Essential Oils – Along with phthalate-free, paraben free are all indicators I can buy.
List of Safe Candles For My Home
The Honest Company’s Aromatic Soy Candles
- A full list of ingredients easily available with clear definitions. That might not sound like much but I challenge you to find candles ingredients. I had nothing but trouble looking them up for this post. That is why I only have 5 suggestions instead of 10.
Mrs. Meyer’s Candles
- I wasn’t able to find a full list of ingredients which is a little concerning but their description of “100% natural non-GMO soy wax, cotton wick, phthalate-free fragrance and essential oil” on Amazon which leads me to believe I can burn this candle without damaging my dogs.
- The description for these has all the buy me indicators I look for lead-free, plant-based, essential oils, & hemp wicks.
- These aren’t scented but I included them due to liking votive candles during the holiday season & this is a safe option.
I hope you found reading this as helpful as I did researching it! And of course, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.