Why should I Stop Using Candles
This is my daughter on her wedding day, but this post isn't about her. Well, almost not about her.
You see, she used to LOVE candles! Those luscious scents of apple pie, cinnamon vanilla, etc., were so enticing. She had a candle or plugin in every room of her apartment. 

Then she learned better. Those scents come with a hefty price... to our health!

Though they seem safe, regular scented candles are a huge source of indoor air pollution and they put off chemicals that are considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke.

Paraffin is a petroleum waste product and has to be deodorized and chemically bleached before it can be made in to wax. Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). 

In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. 

The American Lung Association issued a warning in 2005 that paraffin candles can emit a dizzying array of known carcinogens, including acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, acetone, benzene, 2-butanone, carbon disulfide, carbon tetrachloride, creosol, chlorobenzene carbon monoxide, cyclopentene, ethylbenzene, phenol, styrene tetrachloroethene, toluene, and xylene.

On top of that, many scented candles also have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead, and even a few hours of burning them can create levels of airborne heavy metals that are much higher than the acceptable limits. 

In the US, candle wicks are supposed to be made of cotton or paper, but studies have found that as much as 30% of candles contain heavy metals in the wicks.

What’s even scarier, manufacturers are allowed to legally hide their “trade secret” synthetic fragrance concoctions, many of which contain phthalates—known endocrine/hormone disruptors (EDCs). 

The World Health Organization recently called EDCs a global threat to FERTILITY! And do you know how many toxic products sold to you on store shelves have EDC’s in them?!?!? A LOT! It doesn’t just stop at candles, y’all.

Here's a simple solution... THROW YOUR CANDLES IN THE TRASH 🗑 click the Oils tab at the top and get a diffuser and some Essential Oils. I'll help you get started.

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