Burning Question: Is a Candle Just a Candle?

At Pure Haven Essentials, we often hear this burning question:

Is a candle just a candle, or is it something I have to worry about?!

Unfortunately, the short answer is that most candles can cause a lot of harm because they can release toxins into the air, which could adversely affect you and your loved ones.

The good news is, Pure Haven has a solution, just in time for the holidays. Our Candy Cane Candle is made from all-natural ingredients with no harmful chemicals, so you can enjoy it safely, without risking your health or anyone else’s.

Why is it so important to buy all-natural candles? You get all the cozy lighting and fresh scent without the deadly toxins!

The Wax

Our combination of coconut wax, soybean wax, and palm oil wax comes from renewable resources and burns longer and cleaner than paraffin, which is what most candles are made from.

Paraffin wax production starts literally at the “bottom of the barrel”—the bottom of an oil barrel. It’s what’s left after petroleum is processed into diesel gasoline, motor oil, kerosene, and other “saleable” fuels. The leftover oil is separated through crystallization, heated, and mixed with one or more solvents, such as ketone, and then cooled to become paraffin. When paraffin wax is burned, it leaves soot in your home that contains the same toxins found in diesel fuel.

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. Researchers at the University of Michigan found that candles made from paraffin wax give off emissions that exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for outdoor air quality.

The Scent

Our candle is scented with pure peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils, which are nontoxic and offer aroma therapeutic effects. Eucalyptus essential oil can aid in relaxation, respiratory support, concentration, cleansing, uplifting your mood, and nourishing your skin, while peppermint essential oil can help with digestion support, soothing your stomach, cooling, immune system support, respiratory support, focus, energy, concentration, and muscle soothing.

It’s best to avoid candles with synthetic fragrances. A 1986 report by the National Academy of Sciences explains that 95 percent of the chemicals used in synthetic fragrances are derived from petroleum and include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and other known toxins capable of causing cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, and allergic reactions. Many synthetic fragrances contain phthalates—known endocrine/hormone disruptors (EDCs). The World Health Organization recently called EDCs a global threat to health and the environment that needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

The Color

Our candle is free of chemical dyes, allowing its natural beauty to shine through.

Many candle dyes are made from crude coal tar. This tar is the by-product created during the destructive distillation of bituminous coal. Benzene and toluene are just a few of the toxic by-products of coal tar dyes. Blue #1 and #2, Green #3, Red #3 and #40, and Yellow #5 and #6 are some of the most common synthetic dyes made from coal tar. The safety of added colors used to tint candles depends on the ingredients of the dye. However, most synthetic dyes will give off unsafe particles while burning.

The Wick

Our candle features a natural cotton wick for clean burning.

Candle wicks are typically made from either “non-cored” (twisted fibers) or “cored” with metal wire inside the fiber for rigid support. Metal cores are most often made of cadmium, lead, zinc, or tin. Lead and cadmium bio-accumulate in the body, and lead can adversely affect the central nervous system, heart, and kidneys. Chronic exposure in adults is associated with endocrine and reproductive problems. Children are at a higher risk, as lead exposure has also been linked with depressed intelligence and behavior problems in children. According to the EPA and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), cadmium inhalation is carcinogenic to humans. Cadmium is also known to be toxic to the liver, kidneys, bones, and immune and endocrine systems.

Research has shown that there is no reliable method to distinguish lead-containing wicks from other metal-cored wicks.

This year, fill your home with the beauty of natural candlelight the safe way, by choosing Pure Haven Essentials’ all-natural Candy Cane Candle. You’ll love the warm aroma and cozy glow, while knowing that you’ve taken steps to bring only the safest product home to share with your loved ones.

For more information, contact your local Pure Haven Consultant or visit www.purehavenessentials.com.

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