Are scented candles harmful to our health?
This questions tends to be asked multiple times by our first-time users and to some of those who are still agitated to try them out. And yet, we always in an enthusiastic manner explaining to them how fantastic and fascinated the candle really is by explaining the functionality and benefits of a scented candle when use. With the right scented candle of course.
There are years and years of independent non funded research and updates internationally on this topic survey and the most commonly questions asked, is it safe to be use even in a daily basis? Well, even with the key peer reviewed research back in 2014, researches even tested with paraffin candle (we will touch into the paraffin wax on our next topic) and although they founded potentially cancer- causing chemicals, like benzene and formaldehyde, were produced the highest measured levels after four hours of continuous burning were less than half as high as the recommended indoor air-quality limits set by the World Health Organization. (This was true even in the small bathrooms.) The highest levels also fell within the range of what isconsidered typical indoor air concentrations of the chemicals, too. And this led the study authors to conclude that ‘’under normal conditions of use, scented candle do not pose known health risks to the consumer’’.
Another well known researcher, Nikaeta Sadekar, a respiratory toxicologist with the non-profit research Institute for Fragrance Materials, agreed. Exposure to chemicals emitted by scented candles “is so low that they pose no significant risk tohuman health,” she said. “Even the highest users of scented candles and other fragranced products are not putting themselves at any appreciable risk of harm.”
As said by the National Candle Association, that if users want to minimize the amount of soot released into the air, they should burn their candles in well-ventilated areas that are away from drafts and vents, keep wicks trimmed to about ¼ inch, make sure that the pool of wax is free of debris and never exceed burn time according to manufacturer recommendation.
Well, that proves a lot that candle is truly harmful and it’s safe to use. Unlike some candles where it is produced using essential oils, users are advice to check with the product thoroughly and ask for advice before purchase or if you may encounter any allergies or respiration problems like running nose and dizziness, you may have to stop using it for safety or consult the product maker before purchase.