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This is truly amazing.  I burn candles all the time, but now I will certainly watch what they are made of.

Original content by Lesley Burton-Dallas

light switch out  This time of year, I had candles burning all the time...until I learned this.

In addition to cigarette smoking, candles provide another indoor pollution mechanism that is hard to replicate.

 Most commercially sold candles are made from Paraffin (petroleum based) and emit toxins and carcinogens like benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein and soot into the air.

 The ‘bargain' candles produced both here and overseas are even more dangerous.

 We would not consider burning a diesel engine in our living room, but Paraffin candles emit many of these same dangerous particulates. Gel candles are also petroleum-based, and therefore just as polluting.

If ambiance is your middle name, then candles are probably your best friends.Group of lit candles Royalty

However, the only good options are made from either Soy

...or Beeswax    Pure beeswax candles Beeswax Candles

Of course, anything you burn will create smoke, but burning soy and beeswax does not emit those same toxic chemicals.

Real soy and beeswax candles should be clearly marked but exercise caution. Some manufacturers destroy the benefits of beeswax and soy by adding... you guessed it... petroleum-based Paraffin.

It is also important to buy candles with a cotton or paper wick. Shiny wire wicks can contain metals like zinc and lead.

One alternative to burning the high-polluting aromatic and scented candles

... is to create a ‘scented soup'.

The always boiling water pot

Bring a few cups of water in a saucepan to a mild simmer, uncovered.

Add a tablespoon of cinnamon,Does cinnamon help control

...a teaspoon of whole cloves,Whole cloves a teaspoon of vanilla,Favorite Vanilla Beans

...some orange peel Peel an orange, and other

Or any other aromatic spice you particularly like. After an hour or so last night's fish dinner will be nothing more than a memory.

Breathe easy and enjoy life all you can.

Fish Dinner


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Comments (2)


It looks like the safest thing would be to move back to the popuri burners. 

Jan 08, 2010 01:02 AM
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

Wow, great information Alexandria, and something I did not know at all...

Thank You for sharing =)

Jan 08, 2010 01:40 AM