A Complete Guide To Non-Toxic Candles

A Complete Guide To Non-Toxic Candles

The candle market can be confusing and overwhelming with misinformation everywhere, from what fragrances are "clean" or what waxes are better for you, its information overload and we're here to help you navigate the candle waters.


Complete Guide to Shopping for Non-Toxic Candles

1. Understand the Basics:

  • Wax Type: The type of wax used in candles significantly impacts their toxicity. Opt for natural waxes such as:

    • Soy Wax: Made from soybean oil, burns cleaner and longer. (Not our favorite, but a better option than paraffin)
    • Beeswax: Natural and non-toxic, however there is no science backing up claims that beeswax "purifies the air".
    • Coconut Wax: Derived from coconut oil, it is clean-burning and sustainable.
    • Avoid Paraffin Wax: Made from petroleum, it can release harmful chemicals when burned.


2. Look for Natural, Essential Oil Based Fragrances:

  • Essential Oils: Natural, plant-derived oils that provide a safe and pleasant aroma.
  • Constituents & Plant Isolates:¬†Compounds from essential oils, always research before purchasing!¬†


3. Consider the Wicks:

  • Cotton Wicks: Look for 100% cotton wicks without metal cores, which can release harmful substances. Avoid wicks treated with bleach.¬†
  • Wood Wicks: A natural alternative that provides a pleasant crackling sound.


4. Check for Additives:

  • No Synthetic Dyes: Avoid candles with artificial dyes and colors that can release toxins.
  • No Additives: Ensure the candle is free from additives that can affect air quality.


5. Verify Product Labels:

  • Read Ingredients: Check for detailed ingredient lists to ensure there are no harmful chemicals.
  • Certified Labels: Look for certifications such as EWG Verified, Non-GMO, or other eco-friendly certifications.


6. Choose Reputable Brands:

  • Research Brands: Opt for brands known for their commitment to non-toxic, eco-friendly products.
  • Customer Reviews: Read reviews to see if other customers had any issues with toxicity or poor air quality.


7. Eco-Friendly Packaging:

  • Recyclable Packaging: Choose candles that come in recyclable or reusable packaging to minimize environmental impact.
  • Minimal Packaging: Less packaging often means fewer chemicals and preservatives used.


8. Test the Candle:

  • Burn Test: Light the candle and observe the burn quality. Non-toxic candles burn cleaner with minimal soot.
  • Scent Throw: Ensure the scent is pleasant and not overpowering, indicating fewer artificial fragrances. Essential oil candles have a lighter scent throw than traditional synthetic fragrances candles.¬†


9. Local and Handmade Options:

  • Support Local Artisans: Handmade candles often use higher quality, non-toxic ingredients.
  • Farmer's Markets and Small Shops: These places often have a better selection of natural candles.


10. Price vs. Quality:

  • Invest in Quality: Higher quality non-toxic candles may be pricier but are worth it for health and safety.
  • Bulk Options: Some brands offer discounts on bulk purchases, making it more affordable.


Tips for Using Non-Toxic Candles

  • Ventilate: Always use candles in a well-ventilated area to ensure good air quality.
  • Trim Wicks: Keep the wick trimmed to about 1/4 inch to ensure a clean burn.
  • Burn Time: Avoid burning candles for more than 3-4 hours at a time to prevent soot build-up.
  • Storage: Store candles in a cool, dry place to maintain their quality.

By following this guide, you can enjoy the ambiance and fragrance candles without compromising your health or the environment. We hope these tips help you create the ambiance you want - While keeping your health goals in mind.

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