Is Paraffin wax bad for you? OH YES!
But first, let's learn about where it comes from and why it isn't the healthiest ingredient to use in candles.
What is Paraffin?
Is the byproduct of crude oil, a nonrenewable resource, paraffin wax is considered harmful to the environment.
Paraffin waxes are actually petroleum-based and are created using crude oil ( fossil fuel) which is extracted from the earth.
Many people think that burning a paraffin wax candle is pretty harmless and won’t impact the environment or their health. However, this is not true.
Why did Paraffin candles become so popular and most sold candles?
Paraffin wax is commonly used to make candles and wax melts because it is generally much cheaper to produce than soy wax or beeswax.
Paraffin wax candles were introduced in the 1850s when chemists learned how to separate waxy substance from petroleum.
Today, 95% of candles use Paraffin wax, its cheap to buy, produce and to use it as a main wax for candles.
Even though Paraffin is easier to use and much a more affordable option, it can be toxic to humans and a less sustainable option for our environment.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claims that paraffin wax candles are contributing to the pollution of our indoor air quality. Paraffin wax candles also release a carbon soot when burned, which spreads throughout the home.
Why is Paraffin so bad?
I used to buy and burn candles almost every week. I never paid attention to the which wax is used in the candle. But in the last 2 years it had taken some serious side-effects on me. To that point that I even had to visit a doctor.
Have you ever light a Paraffin candle and found yourself not long after coughing, having headaches and even rubbing your eyes as you felt an irritation?
Then you have been experiences the short-therm side effects of using a paraffin candle.
And those small side-effects are just the beginning.
Your precious lungs
Whenever you decide to light a paraffin candle, you are actually releasing toxic chemical into the air.
When Paraffin candles burn they emit black soot and toxic fumes - similar to the diesel exhaust in your car.
Those fumes usually contain chemicals as:
According to the University and Heath organization studies around the world, those chemicals are associated with asthma and allergy like reactions.
There are also reports that you can be exposed to toluene by breathing it in. OSHA states that repeated exposure to toluene can cause respiratory depression.
Have you ever light a candle and shortly after starting to get a really painful headaches or migraines?
That is because of the toluene found in the paraffin.
The chemical toluene found in paraffin wax mainly affects the central nervous system in the brain. Toluene enters your body when it evaporates into the air that you breathe.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also reports that even the mildest level of exposure to toluene can cause frequent headaches, nausea, and fatigue.
What can you do?
You can find brands that use natural waxes such as Beeswax and Soy wax.
Try finding natural candles that embrace recyclable and sustainability.
Educate your loved ones and your friends about the dangers of the paraffin candles.
Unsurprisingly Paraffin candles are completely non-decomposable ,because they contain several petroleum-laden chemicals.
Paraffin wax can cause some health concerns. Hence we don’t recommend simply discarding it away as it can harm others.
Contact your local disposal facility to get the information on how to safely dispose paraffin.