Paraffin Candles and Indoor Pollution

Paraffin Candles and Indoor Pollution

Avoid Toxins: Use Soy and Beeswax Candles
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 6:45am

Elegant Roots and its Dirt Candles are featured at

Dirt Candles are 100% American-grown, organic soy and scented with essentials oils. Each candle comes in a recycled glass jar. They're great! No wonder MyShoppingConnection was impressed. The feature, courtesy of Christin Sheehe, also takes on paraffin candles for their indoor pollution:

"The American Lung Association lists candles as the most common cause of poor indoor air quality. Many candles are made with paraffin wax and lead wicks. The EPA has discovered that paraffin candles and the smoke and soot they give off contain several hazardous chemicals that are probable carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins. Acetone, benzene, carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethane, toluene, mercury and lead have all been found in paraffin candles. Worst of all, the candle industry is not required to inform consumers of the ingredients they use in their candles, even if their candles contain lead wicks."

"It's also a good idea to avoid candles that are scented with synthetic fragrances. Synthetic fragrances can contain phthalates, which have been linked to reproductive harm in infant boys."

There are good candle choices: a set of six soy candles from Dirt Candles; individual soy candles from Kokoro; or a set of 3 hand-dipped beeswax candle pillars from Cheeky Bee. All outstanding, all made with love, and all available from Elegant Roots Home Decor.