Are Your Candles Toxic?

There are few things that can make your home feel more peaceful and relaxing than a beautiful candle slowly burning on one of your tables. However, despite the fact that candles are a wonderful thing to have in your home, not all candles are created equally. In fact, some candles can even be toxic. 
The last thing that you want to have in your house is something that can be harmful for you, your spouse, or your children. In this article we will go over the different types of candles and discuss the potential toxicity associated with them.

Candle Types

1. Paraffin Wax Candles

Paraffin wax candles are by far the most common types of candles in the world. However, despite the fact that paraffin wax candles are widely used around the world, paraffin wax is actually one of the most toxic of all candle wax materials. The reason why paraffin wax is so toxic is because paraffin is a petroleum byproduct.
When paraffin wax candles burn, they release toxic chemicals into the surrounding air such as toluene and benzene. The substances are carcinogenic and can cause a wide variety of health problems. Further, the carcinogenic soot of paraffin candles can aggravate asthma, lung, and health conditions.
In other words, paraffin wax candles may look nice and smell nice, but when you burn them, you are essentially filling your home with toxic chemicals that can be detrimental to the health of anyone who happens to be in the same room as the burning candle.

2. Lead-Core Wick Candles

Like paraffin wax candles, lead-core wick candles can also be very toxic and hazardous for health. Some candlemakers add lead to their candlewicks to help the wicks to stand straighter as they burn. This is especially true for scented candles as some of the chemicals that create the scents can soften the wax and make it more difficult for the wicks to stand straight as the candle burns.
The problem with lead wick candles is that they release lead into the air as they burn. In fact, candles with lead core wicks release five times the amount of lead that is considered hazardous for children in indoor environments. 

Lead is a very dangerous chemical and exposure to it can create a wide variety of health problems. Exposure to lead can contribute to all of the following health issues: learning disabilities, behavioral problems, hormone disruption, and more.
Lead-Core Wick Candles have been banned in the United States since 2003. However, they are not banned in many other countries. So, if you buy candles from foreign countries, then you could potentially be buying lead-core wick candles. This could also be the case if you buy candles that were made before 2003.
If you are doing either of these things, then you could be exposing yourself and your family to dangerous levels of toxins that could cause major health problems. It is far better to take the necessary steps to simply avoid buying toxic candles in the first place than to try to resolve health issues that may have been created by them.

3. Synthetic Fragrance Oil Candles that Aren’t Phthalate-Free

Many scented candles contain toxic chemicals that are used to create artificial scents that are designed to smell good when they are burned. While it is true that synthetic fragrance oils can smell quite nice, they too can be quite toxic when they are burned if they are not phthalate-free.

Phthalates are very bad for human health. In fact, phthalates have been linked to a wide variety of health problems including cancer, developmental issues, obesity, decreased fertility, and asthma.
So, although you might like the smell of candles that used synthetic fragrance oils that are not phthalate-free, you need to remember that burning them regularly in your home can actually cause a wide variety of serious health issues. So, ultimately, they are not worth it.

How to Avoid Buying Toxic Candles? 

Luckily, not all candles are toxic. In fact, more and more non-toxic candles appear on the candle market every year as people are becoming more aware of the dangers of paraffin and lead-core candles.
Here is a brief explanation of how to stay away from toxic candles and to make sure that you only bring candles into your home that are safe.

Step 1. Buy Soy Wax Candles

Unlike paraffin candles, soy wax candles are made with soy, which is a completely harmless and natural product. Soy wax candles burn extremely cleanly and do not release any toxic chemicals. The best part is that that soy wax candles are equally as beautiful and equally as pleasant as paraffin wax candles. This means that there is literally no downside to buying soy wax candles. The only change is that they do not create harmful effects on the human body. 

2. Buy Candles with Clean-Burning Wooden Wicks

Unlike lead-core wicks, wooden wicks do not release lead into the surrounding air when they are burned. Lead is a heavy metal, and it is very harmful when it is breathed into the lungs on a regular basis. It is far better to only buy candles that have clean-burning wooden wicks.
When you are candle shopping, it is also very helpful to look for candles that have a “lead-free” label on them. Candles that contain this label do not have any lead in their wicks. If you have any doubt about whether or not a candle wick contains lead, then you can rub the tip of the wick on a piece of paper, as long as it has not been burned yet. If the wick contains lead, then it will leave a gray mark on the paper. If this is the case, you should not burn the candle in your home, and you should instead return the candle and try to get a refund.

3. Buy Candles that are Scented with Essential Oils or Phthalate-Free Fragrance Oils

If you are someone who prefers to buy scented candles, then you should make sure that the candles you buy are scented with essential oils or with phthalate-free synthetic fragrance oils. This is opposed to being scented with synthetic fragrance oils that contain phthalates.
Essential oils and phthalate-free fragrance oils can provide incredible smells without releasing toxic chemicals into the air. There are many different essential oils phthalate-free synthetic fragrance oils and they can provide a vast array of different scents. So, no matter what kind of scent you are looking for, you will be able to find a soy wax candle scented with non-toxic fragrance oils or essential oils that will provide you with the scent you prefer.


By sticking to candles scented with non-toxic oils and by avoiding fragrance oils that have phthalates, you can prevent yourself and your family members from breathing in phthalates and many more toxic chemicals. Plus, non-toxic oils smell great and they can really provide a sense of comfort to your home.


Many people love candles for their beauty, their warmth, and their wonderful smells. However, millions of people around the world are unknowingly increasing their risks for serious diseases like cancer by burning certain types of candles regularly in their homes. Paraffin wax candles, lead-core wick candles, and phthalate-containing synthetic fragrance oil candles are the worst offenders when it comes to toxic candles.
If you do not know what type of candles that you have been buying for your home, then you should really find out. The last thing you want to do is to accidentally poison yourself, your spouse, or your children simply because you didn’t know that you were burning toxic candles.
If you discover that you were burning the wrong type of candles, then you should stop buying those candles, and instead switch to a type of candle that is natural, healthy, and non-toxic. Soy wax candles that are scented with essential oils or phthalate-free synthetic fragrance oils are the safest, cleanest, and best option.
If you have never purchased soy wax candles scented with non-toxic oils before, you might be surprised at just how beautiful they look and how lovely they smell. You will not have to sacrifice anything in terms of appearance or scent when you switch to soy wax candles. 

Buying the right kind of candles

Here at Roxanna’s Candles, we only use the cleanest possible ingredients that do not contain any type of toxic materials. Our candles are all lead-free and made with 100 percent soy wax. We only use essential oils and phthalate-free synthetic fragrance oils to create our scents and we only use clean wood wicks that do not release any harmful chemicals when they are burned.
Our scented candles smell fantastic and burn very cleanly. When you buy our candles and light them in your homes, you can enjoy all of the comforts that candles provide without having to worry about any of the downsides.
Once you switch to soy wax candles scented with essential oils and phthalate-free synthetic fragrance oils, you might never want to go back to paraffin wax candles again. After all, why would you want something toxic and harmful when you can have something clean, natural, and harmless?



Thank you…this was very good information.


What are your prices for candles? I like rose scents, balsam and sage do you make these

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