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Old Me vs New Me (Scented Candle Edition)

by Anna Shamsul |

Are you a fan of scented candles? Maybe it's time to switch to aromatherapy diffuser instead. It’s a surprisingly controversial topic. Here are some of the reasons why you should reconsider the change :

🙁 Scents & fragrances 🙁

The reality is that many of the chemicals used to create fragrances today are synthetic petrochemicals derived from crude oil that carry carcinogens and have reproductive toxicity warnings. Artificial fragrances are often used because they are cheaper to produce, takes less effort & time, compares to fragrances that derives from pure & natural source. 

🙁 The wax type 🙁

On which if it is petroleum-based, has long been painted as a villain in the toxic candle debate. There has been a study that found burning paraffin wax released potentially dangerous chemicals. However, there are questions about the validity of the study, and it was never published in a peer-reviewed journal.

While the health risk hasn’t been confirmed when it comes to this, there are other options if you just feel better avoiding paraffin. Plant-based waxes, including coconut, soy, and beeswax, can offer a more natural, sustainable approach.

Since the fragrance industry is largely unregulated, a candle can have 1 percent soy and still be labeled as ‘soy-based candles’.

🙁 The wick used 🙁

Did you know that starting on 2003 & onwards, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has banned the manufacture and sale of lead-cored wicks and candles with lead-cored wicks? CPSC determined that candles using lead-cored wicks could present a lead poisoning hazard to young children. The federal ban, which applies to all domestic and imported candles should deter manufacturers from making non-conforming wicks.
Simply put, there are still candle manufacturers out there that uses lead-cored wicks to this day outside of U.S and it's definitely hard for us to recognize it without the regulation made like the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) made.

In conclusion, does this mean that you shouldn't buy or light up a scented candle at all? Of course not. You can still enjoy it (in moderation of course) and we highly recommend you to check the label, the website, or ask directly the company that sells scented candles to learn more about these three key elements

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