Your Ultimate Guide to Buying Candles: How to Choose the Perfect Candle for Any Occasion

How to Choose Candles that Won't Make You Feel Sick From NZ Lavender Herb Farm

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But how to choose candles that won't make you feel sick?

Candle quality varies in the market. A candle may trigger some sensitive reactions such as headaches, nausea, and coughing for some people. Here are some tips for you to know for selecting something top notch. 

1. Choose Natural Waxes

Many cheaper candles are made out of paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is a byproduct of crude oil refining process. Study found that burning paraffin-based candles released toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene. Long-term exposure could pollute indoor air and be bad for your health. Choose candles that are made from natural alternatives and particular vegetable wax such as soy wax, beeswax and coconut wax. Natural waxes not only give us a cleaner burning with no-toxic candles but also make candles burn longer. The scent is gradually released allowing for a more pleasant burning experience.

However, it is important to check the percentage of soy wax that is contained in the candle. Make sure it is not a 50-50 soy/paraffin blend before you buy a candle.

2. Go Essential Oil Candles

Fragrance oils are highly concentrated synthetic compounds. The aroma compounds are designed to be lightweight which allows them to reach your scent receptors as they breakdown. Scientists suggest that while fragrance oils can be pleasant, it can stimulate the nerve system in the brain which is associated with head pain. If you are looking for aromatherapy benefits from your candles, you should look for a candle scented only with essential oils. Pure essential oils are derived from organic plant parts through processes such as steam distillation, solvent extraction and expressed oils. In general, candles scented with pure essential oils are not as strong as fragrance oils, instead it tends to have softer and more subtle scents. 

Cleaner candles with more natural scents are better for everyone.

100% soy wax scented with pure essential oils are always a great choice for those who loves natural aromatherapy or for those who are sensitive to chemical fragrances. Keep in mind, even though essential oil candles give subtle scents, it is still possible to be allergic to them for some people.

How to Choose the Best Candles for Your Home

Looking for candles that won't trigger headaches, nausea, or coughing? In summary, here are some tips for selecting top-notch, non-toxic candles:

  1. Choose candles made from natural waxes such as soy wax, beeswax, or coconut wax. Avoid candles made from paraffin wax, which releases toxic chemicals when burned.

  2. Look for candles scented only with essential oils, which are derived from organic plant parts and are less likely to cause headaches or other reactions compared to synthetic fragrance oils.

  3. Check the percentage of soy wax in a candle before buying, and keep in mind that even essential oil candles can cause allergic reactions for some people.

By following these tips, you can enjoy cleaner burning candles with more natural scents that are better for your health and well-being.

Lavender Backyard Garden is a New Zealand herb farm. We grow lavender, rosemary and use steam distillation to produce our own brand of essential oils. Our candles are handcraft by small batches and scented by our award-winning essential oils. If you would like to learn more about our farm click here to discover our farm.




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