Toss your home fragrances, replace with beeswax candles


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Most home fragrance products release toxins into your home. The EPA reported release of indoor air pollution in relation to candles and incense in 2001.


In 2018, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners reported that one in four of the total 338 fragrance chemicals they detected in personal care products were linked to serious, chronic health effects.


Most fragrance chemicals aren't disclosed to customers. They are trade secrets, and that's how they sneak past proper regulation. But these fragrance chemicals, which are found in plug-ins, paraffin candles, wax melts, bathroom spray, personal care products, and cosmetics, are incredibly harmful to your health.


Toss the toxins for a healthy home

If you want a healthy home (and body), you have to toss out these fragrance-filled products. A single paraffin candle can release tetrachloroethane, chlorobenzene, ethylbenzene, styrene, xylene, phenol, cresol, cyclopentene, lead, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and soot. Imagine a home with many candles, scented lotions, and plug-ins. It's a recipe for cancer and other serious impacts to your health.


Nothing smells so good that you should be willing to risk your health and the health of your family and pets. It can be difficult to round up and toss out ALL of the products you own that contain toxic fragrances. So, take it one step at a time. Start with replacing your candles.


Beeswax is non-toxic

Most candles you find in stores are made from paraffin. A somewhat healthier candle type is made from soy. But the best type of candle to choose is beeswax.

Beeswax candles are distinctive; you can pick them out by their honey-yellow color. They are the only truly non-toxic option. This is because the source, wax from bees, doesn't have to be commercially grown with pesticides and fertilizers. It is naturally made by bees and filtered by farmers. Also, beeswax candles are clean-burning. They don't release harmful chemicals nor do they produce soot.


Beeswax candles have a subtle and lovely smell. They offer longer burn times than traditional candles, and they are considered to be drip-less. All of this is wonderful, of course, but we haven't even gotten to the main reason you should have beeswax candles in your home.


Beeswax candles purify the air

How can beeswax candles be so opposite of paraffin candles and other home fragrance products? Not only are they are great alternative because they don't harm your body and pollute your air, but beeswax candles actually benefit you by cleaning your air.


While burning, beeswax candles produce negative ions. These little charged particles attack dust mites and dander. They have been used to relieve allergy and asthma symptoms for ages.


Beeswax candles can be a bit more challenging to find, but plenty of online stores offer them. Brands like Bluecorn and Big Dipper Wax Works can even be found on Amazon. It is certainly worth your time to hunt some down and give them a try, especially if you enjoy having candles around.

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