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Harmful Chemicals to Avoid in Your Candles

Many candles are made with harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to our health. Here are some of the harmful chemicals found in household candles that you should be avoiding when talking to manufacturers.

Paraffin Wax: This is a common wax used in candle manufacturing, but it's also a byproduct of petroleum. When burned, paraffin wax releases toxic chemicals into the air, including benzene and toluene, which are known carcinogens.

Lead Wicks: In the past, many candles were made with lead wicks. When burned, lead wicks release toxic lead fumes into the air, which can cause health problems such as headaches, dizziness, and even lead poisoning.

Fragrance Oils with Phthalate: Many candles are scented with fragrance oils which can contain harmful chemicals such as phthalates. Phthalates are known endocrine disruptors, meaning they can interfere with the body's hormonal balance and cause a range of health problems. All of the scents used at Poured Goods are phthalate free. 

Dyes: Candle dyes are often made from synthetic materials, such as coal tar or petroleum, which can release harmful chemicals when burned. These chemicals can cause respiratory problems, headaches, and other health issues.

Benzene and Toluene: Benzene and toluene are two toxic chemicals released by burning candles made from paraffin wax. These chemicals can cause a range of health problems, including cancer, respiratory problems, and neurological damage.

To avoid these harmful chemicals, look for candles made with natural materials such as beeswax, soy wax, or coconut wax. Be sure to also check the label for any harmful additives, such as synthetic fragrances or dyes. By choosing candles made with natural materials and avoiding harmful additives, you can enjoy the ambiance of candlelight without compromising your health.

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