What is the safest type of candle and why?
Lighting a candle can be the perfect end to a stressful day. Their fragrances can create a sense of comfort and warmth in your home, help you unwind, and alleviate anxiety. But are your candles doing more harm than good? The type of candle you choose, the wax it's made from, and its colour and scent, can all determine the safety of your candle.
Here are the four main things you should consider when choosing the safest candle possible.
Candles made from natural wax
Candles made of natural waxes such as soy, beeswax, or coconut wax are safer for your health, the health of your family and pets, and for the environment. Make sure to choose ones that are sustainably sourced. Candles made of synthetic substances emit more smoke and ash while burning, which can harm the lungs and exacerbate conditions such as asthma and COPD.
This has become less of an issue in recent years, as lead candle wicks are now banned in most places. However, it is still a good idea to avoid any candles with metal in them. Instead, opt for one with a 100 percent cotton or hemp wick. You may need to inspect your candle to ensure that the wick contains no metal, as some have a metal core for support that isn’t particularly visible.
No synthetic fragrances
Burning candles made with synthetic fragrances can cause health issues, including respiratory issues, hormone disruption, migraines, and skin irritation. Candles made with natural fragrances or safe concentrations of essential oils are far safer for your health, your family’s health, and the health of your furry friends. They are also less likely to start fires, though sufficient candle safety should still be practised.
No artificial dyes
Like synthetic scents, candles made with artificial dyes can release toxic chemicals into the air when burned, leading to health issues and reactions. They can also worsen symptoms in those with existing allergies and in those suffering from migraines.
So, what candle should you choose?
If you want to choose the safest candle to burn in your household, opt for one made from a natural wax, such as beeswax, soy wax, coconut wax, or palm wax. Choose candles that are free from synthetic and potentially harmful ingredients, to ensure that you have a serene and enjoyable candle experience without polluting your home and harming your health.