It may come as a surprise, but all candles are not made equal. Some candles contain materials that increase the number of toxins in the air when burnt. This leads us to the question ‘what candles are non-toxic’ and ‘how do I make sure the candle I’m buying is as clean-burning as possible’. In this post, we will take you through some easy to follow steps to make sure you are buying safe candles for your home.
Why switch to non-toxic candles?
Traditionally, candles have been sold in the UK with some base ingredients that increase toxin levels when burnt. What causes toxins to be released into the air when a candle is burnt? Here are the three main reasons:
Paraffin candles are made from petroleum, which is a nonrenewable source that contains carcinogenic substances.
These substances may be released into the air while burning.
Some candle makers use metal core wicks. These wicks have been identified to release lead and zinc into the air. This can then be inhaled and also deposited on floors, walls and soft furnishings. Metal core wicks are therefore not a good choice for candles.
When you’re using candles, you need to make sure that the company is using scientifically tested and safe fragrance oils. Sometimes people blend essential oils thinking these are safe which is not always the case. All suppliers should use oils that have ‘Conformity Certificates’ from the International Fragrance Association Standards (IFRA).
What to look for in a non-toxic candle
So what’s the healthiest candle? We can tackle this by revisiting wax, wicks and oils.
There are a few waxes you can choose for a cleaner burn. A great option is soy wax. Derived from the soybean, soy wax is a hydrogenated vegetable oil that turns to a solid at room temperature.
Soy wax contains nothing artificial which makes it a better alternative to old-fashioned paraffin wax. Other options include beeswax and coconut wax.
As we know, metal-cored wicks are dangerous. Go for pure cotton, hemp or wood.
Choose candles that use fragrance oils that have a ‘Conformity Certificate’ from the IFRA and a Safety Data Sheet Sheet.
Best non-toxic candles in the UK
We make it our key objective at Aubrey Bay to fill rooms with amazing fragrances and promote healthy homes. We work extremely hard to make sure our candles are made right. We use soy wax, our wicks are pure cotton and all of our fragrance oils are IFRA certified and are so safe they can be used on the skin in soaps and bath oils.
We hope this post has given you some insight into choosing the right candles for your home.