8 Reasons Why You Need To Ditch Your Candles ASAP

When my husband and I were dating one of our favorite activities was going to Bath & Body Works and Yankee candles stores to smell ALL THE CANDLES. I mean it takes a solid 45 minutes to make it through the whole store, it was a fun cheap thrill especially for two broke college students. Once we got married I still kept using candles to keep my apartment from smelling like smoke. What made me search for an alternative to candles was almost burning down our apartment twice from leaving candles on through the night. 

what I personally disliked about candles...

THE RISK. Since candles are an open flame it is your responsibility to make sure you do not place them anywhere where the flame can spread easily and you must never leave candles unsupervised since fire is unpredictable. This may also be a concern for parents with toddlers and babies in the home, also for anyone with pets. 

- LOSING SCENT. Most candles lose their scent halfway through leaving you with a jar of useless wax. Though it is recommended to leave the lid on your candles when not using them to preserve the scent they are still known for not lasting all the way through. 

- THE BURNT SMELL. Though there are some suggested methods on the internet to put out your candles without smoke... you still get some. I really disliked the smell of putting out candles because it instantly ruined the amazing scent that I had just been burning in my home.

- THE WAX. Accidentally bumping your candle off its place can make a real mess. Wax can be really hard to clean from certain surfaces/fabrics and sometimes impossible to completely remove - no thanks.

- THE HOARDING TENDENCIES. Because each candle only burns one specific scent you may easily get tired of the same scent causing you to buy another and another candle... its quite easy to build up a collection of half-way burned candles.  

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what is actually wrong with candles...

- AIR POLLUTION. Though candles are assumed to be safe they are known to be a sources of indoor air pollution putting out chemicals that are considered to be just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. Paraffin is one of the main ingredients present in candles. When paraffin wax is burned they create highly toxic benzene and toluene (these are also known to be carcinogens). These can cause damage to the brain, lung and central nervous system.

- THE WICK. Though in the US candles are supposed to be made with cotton or paper, studies have found that 30% of candles contain heavy metals in the wick like lead. Burning candles for even a few hours can create levels of airborne heavy metals that are much higher than the acceptable limits. 

- ARTICIFICIAL SCENTS. Most candles are scented artificially which can release additional chemicals when burned. Candles contain phthalates which are solvents used to extend the aromatic strength of of the candle fragrance oil. Phthalates are known to impede the endocrine system and have been linked to health problems including birth defects, cancers and diabetes. 

Ditching candles will improve the quality of air in your home and probably save you a few dollars and space since you won't be tempted to walk by the candle section at Marshall's or Target. There are much more natural ways to keep your home smelling fresh and good that are much safer and easier such as: pure essential oils + diffuser and naturally scented beeswax candles.