WHAT IS PARAFFIN WAX? IS PARAFFIN WAX CANDLE HARMFUL TO YOU?

Our last blog post was how can you tell if your candle is 100% soy wax candle.

What is paraffin wax?

Paraffin wax (also known as mineral wax) is made from by-product of Petroleum (same used to make oil and fuel). Discovered in 1850, paraffin wax is made by removing the waxy substance from crude oil.

Are paraffins harmful to you?

It depends on the quality of the paraffin that’s in your candles, you may find that those fumes cause itching, tearing, and sometimes soreness to your eyes. You may experience rubbing your eyes to relieve irritation not long after lighting a candle however this won’t affect everyone in the same way.

Whenever you light a paraffin candle, you’re accidentally releasing dangerous chemicals into the air.  When paraffin candles burn, they emit black soot and toxic fumes, this is similar to in chemistry to diesel exhaust those chemicals are associated with asthma, the exacerbation of respiratory conditions, and allergy-like reactions.

The paraffin that exists in beauty products is likely safer to use on your skin than the paraffin you find in candles. And all depends on the quality of the paraffin that’s in your candles, you may find that those fumes cause itching to your skin too.

However there are plenty of natural candle alternatives available such as 100% soy wax candles. What is 100% soy wax? What is the benefit of 100% soy wax candles?

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