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Are Scented Candles Good?

Scented candles do smell good, and they look nice, but that’s about it.

Scented candles are made of paraffin, and that’s a waste product of making petroleum, and it has to be bleached and deodorized for candles. Then, a good-smelling fragrance (usually made from chemicals) is re-added. Then, a wick which usually contains heavy metals and lead is inserted.

When scented candles are burned, it may smell good, but the chemicals that come off are the same chemicals that come off when diesel fuel is burned.

All of the chemicals that come from burning scented candles build up inside a house and contribute to indoor air pollution.

However, there are alternative options to scented candles (and options to reverse the pollution).

You can always keep indoor plants. Some people like this option, and some people (like me) find this option impossible.

There are also special air purifiers for sale, but for some people (as well as me), buying something like that seems like an unnecessary expense for an item that there is no room for.

For options that people like me can get behind, there are beeswax candles and salt lamps.

Both release negative ions just like the Earth. Scented candles (and other sources of air pollution) release positive ions. The negative ions from beeswax candles and salt lamps cancel out the positive ions of the pollution.

These options clean the air, but they only make the air smell neutral, so I like to use essential oils to add scents to the house. My favorite scent is peppermint. I love the smell, but mint also has the added benefit of repelling bugs, although lavender and lemon balm have similar effects.

The beeswax candles and salt lamps also have the benefit of giving off and orange glow which mimics firelight and doesn’t disrupt the body’s natural melatonin production, so they can be used in the evening or night with no negative effects.

Here are some articles for more information about cleaning up indoor air pollution:


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