The holidays are here and in addition to creating a festive, romantic or relaxed ambiance; candles are often used to help dissipate kitchen odors.
Unfortunately many of the millions of people who burn candles for hours while celebrating holidays are unaware of the dangers of burning petroleum based paraffin (a sludge and waste product from the refining of petroleum) and scented candles which produce highly toxic fumes and soot when burned.
The highly toxic fumes and soot released by burning paraffin wax are the same as those found in burning diesel fuel.
Poisonous chemicals present in paraffin (and released into the air through burning) include, but are not limited to known carcinogens such as: Acetone, Benzene, Toluene, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol and Cyclopentene.
To learn more about this subject type “paraffin candles toxic”, “toxic fumes from scented candles” or any combination of similar keywords into the search box of your favorite search engine.
“Interestingly, even a 100% soy wax candle must be processed with a small amount of paraffin. Potentially, burning a 100% soy candle will release small amounts of the carcinogens and toxins found in paraffin. Again, most soy candles on the market are not 100% soy, and contain a high percentage of poisonous paraffin.
In the U.S., the term “pure” on a label means only 51% of an ingredient (and that goes for food, too). Companies sell both “pure” beeswax candles and “pure” soy candle, which contain a combination of 51% beeswax/soy wax and 49% toxic paraffin. Look for the key phrase “100% Pure Beeswax” or “100% Soy” on candles.” https://empoweredsustenance.com/soy-vs-beeswax-candles/
“Standardized labeling of soy candles is not enforced or regulated. Therefore, any claims of ingredients or benefits are left up to the discretion of the soy candle maker.” Read more on soy candles here:
The bottom line is: When you burn petroleum based paraffin wax candles or scented candles, you are filling your home with highly toxic chemicals and fumes.
Many trips to the Emergency Room for children with unexplainable breathing problems, asthma attacks or adults with COPD flare-ups could be prevented by not burning petroleum based paraffin candles or scented candles.
Honey and beeswax are gifts from honey bees that have been used by humans since prehistoric times for a multitude of purposes and 100% pure beeswax candles are one of the oldest sources of artificial light.
100% pure beeswax candles burn clean and have their own natural honey/floral scent even when not burning. Unlike paraffin candles, they do not contain any additives, synthetic chemicals or leave behind black soot from smoke when they are burned.
In addition, 100% pure beeswax candles help clean the air and to learn more about this, type “benefits of beeswax candles” into the search box of your favorite search engine.
Mohawk Valley Trading Company 100% pure beeswax candles are hand poured or dipped and made with 100% cotton wicks and 100% all natural, unbleached yellow beeswax, produced by bees in the USA. The following is a list of their most popular types:
You can buy Mohawk Valley Trading Company 100% Pure Beeswax Candles on Amazon or at:
Fort Schuyler Trading Company
North Utica Shopping Center
Utica, N.Y. 13502-2326
Beeswax Candle Burning Tips
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Keep burning candles away from pets and children.
- Keep burning candles away from flammable materials.
- Remove paper label from candle before lighting.
- Burn candles only in a draft-free environment away from open windows, fans, air ducts, etc. This will help to prevent any smoking or dripping.
- Light the candle wick from the base of the wick, where the wick comes out of the candle. This allows the beeswax to be absorbed into the wick.
- Keep the wick trimmed to about 1/4″ when burning.