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Do Your Candles Release Formaldehyde Into Your Home?

Do Your Candles Release Formaldehyde Into Your Home?

13th Nov 2017

With the weather turning cold and dark evenings drawing in, it is especially appealing to burn a scented candle that not only gives a glow but also scents the home. We might slip something inexpensive into the shopping trolley or find glamorous looking packaging that will match the home without giving much thought to the ingredients used to create the candles. However, we need to be careful with our choices. Scented candles could actually be far more harmful than previously thought. 

Most candles and especially the cheaper varieties on the market contain toxic ingredients. These toxic chemicals when burnt are known to cause immediate effects of burning eyes, coughing and breathing problems and in the longer term cancer forming. 

Paraffin is the major ingredient in most candles on the market and even expensive candles to keep the cost down can contain some paraffin. Paraffin gives off soot and fumes which continuous use blacken the walls and is similar to that released from a diesel engine which is known to contribute to serious respiratory issues like asthma.

Synthetic fragrances intensify the scent in candles. Some brands are deliberately secretive of their formulas that enables them to keep this information from customers.

It has been known for decades that limonene releases formaldehyde into the atmosphere which is a known carcinogenic and the extent of long term exposure is not yet fully known. The concentrations of limonene found in scented candles is very high as they intensify the scent throw into the room. 

This is compounded by the lack of ventilation indoors and other products containing limonene - household cleaners, room fresheners and even soaps and toiletries, giving off potentially dangerous levels of the toxic substance formaldehyde. 

So take a moment to read labels and detect terms such as paraffin, limonene and parfum. There is an alternative array of natural products available that are kind to humans and the environment.  

We recommend use of soy wax candles. Organic House aromatherapy candles are of the highest quality, hand poured with 100% natural, non-toxic soy wax, and scented with only pure essential oils. Ingredients are sourced from sustainable crops free from herbicides, pesticides, GM material giving a clean burn with unbleached cotton and lead free wicks. Exclusively made in the UK.

Keep your home well ventilated. Some household plants could also reduce the amount of formaldehyde in the air, such as lavender by absorbing the toxic chemical.

Organic House candles are therapeutic 

Organic House Relax & Sleep Pillow/Room Spray contains 100% organic flower waters and essential oils.

Organic House Revitalising Room & Car Spray contains 100% organic flower waters and essential oils.

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