Your health may be at risk if you are burning paraffin based candles!!
9 Apr 2007
This article is meant to raise awareness of the hazards involved with burning a petroleum (paraffin) based scented candle in your home. The good news is that you don't have to quit burning scented candles altogether. There is a safe alternative... soy wax candles or soy candles.
There are up to 11 carcinogen compounds(cancer causing agents) found in paraffin candles. All 11 of these compounds have been considered "toxic air agents" by the State of California. There is supporting documentation that paraffin candle soot contains some of the compounds given off by burning diesel fuel. Are you concerned?
Many want to alleviate our dependencies on foreign oil. Although the scented candle industry has a small impact on our foreign oil dependency, most paraffin wax is manufactured from petroleum from foreign countries. Each year the "National Candle Association" estimates $2 billion in sales of scented candles and candle accessories. Although this number means little to the amount of actual barrels of crude oil needed to produce this amount of wax, it does tell us (with the majority of candles sold still being paraffin petrol based), that an enormous amount of paraffin wax is consumed in the United States.
By burning soy wax candles (soy candles), it makes a statement. It states that your scented candles or soy candles are truly American, from the farmer planting the soy bean, to the refinery extracting the oil, to the soy wax candle maker putting it all together for you. Soy candles are truly American made. Check out a soy wax candlemaker here - www.countrylightcandle.com
The last thing we should worry about is our paraffin candles and what they are slowly doing to us! By burning soy candles, we have one less thing to worry about!
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