What is a toxin, what you should know and how to use candles safely.
What are the risks associated with toxic candles?
Evidence of negative health effects associated with conventional candles is still inconclusive. Still, there is some concern that volatile organic compounds can be released into the air when a candle burns. To avoid even potential health risks, it’s a good idea to burn candles like Clean Burn Candle that are made with plant-based waxes, toxin free fragrance, and cotton wicks.
What is a Volatile organic compound?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. A range of these vocs can release via synthetic compounds including house hold cleaning products, fragrances, paints, glues and so much more .
However, to date, research hasn’t linked scented candles with a health risk.
Clean Burn Candle only uses Soy wax with no additives, no paraffin, no palm oil.
Our wax choice at Clean Burn Candle is 100% soy wax no additives and it is sustainably grown,biodegradable and vegan friendly it is made in the UK , dermatology tested as skin safe too!
How to select a candle and health considerations:
- Select a soy, coconut, or beeswax candle
- Select a cotton or wood wick
- Select a unscented candle or a all-natural plant based or all natural essential oil candle like our
https://cleanburncandle.com.au/product-category/aromatherapy-candles/ with therapeutic effects. Essential oils are selected with low allergen response in mind. Also look at our Natural candle range Limoncello, Lia’s Garden, Blu and more.
Now I’ve done my part to bring you the best selection of candles, but you must do your part now when you take home your Clean Burn Candle to make it as efficient as possible
here is how:
- Trim your wicks to 5mm or less to minimise smoke and soot
- Keep away from drafts this will cause soot and the candle to over consume.
- Use in a well-ventilated area not too closed in. For example, keep a door open rather than closing yourself into a space.
- Burn for an hour or until wax melts to its edge and no longer than 4 hours. Usually, a candle will start to soot at this time due to heat.
- Dip the wick into the wax to turn out the candle for zero smoke release see my video on this
- Then on your next burn trim the wick and repeat above process.
As for safety:
- Never leave a candle unattended
- Keep candles away from combustible materials
- Keep away from pets and children place them out of reach
- In general, burning candles properly in your home is not likely to be toxic or harmful to your health. Candles are safe even though they might trigger allergies, asthma, or migraines. There are some ways to make candles even safer for your indoor air.
- Proper ventilation. The problem with candle emissions is not necessarily the emission levels but poor ventilation. Only burn candles in a well-ventilated room. Open a window while it’s burning but keep the candle out of the draft.
- Burn natural candles. Paraffin candles release different chemicals. Switch to, soy, or coconut oil-based candles. Make sure it’s not mixed with paraffin 100% natural soy like ours here at Clean Burn Candle.