Within the last two decades we have become very health conscious about the things we breathe, touch, and eat. You probably drink from a BPA free bottle. Live in a house that has had the lead removed or sealed. Try to buy organic or pesticide free produce. Maybe you even drive a Prius or Nissan Leaf to reduce your carbon foot print. Why, then, if you have taken these steps towards greener living, would you let your health be put at risk by the beautiful candles in your home?
Out With the Old, In With the New
Candles are made from a variety of materials, in which many standard candles contain large amounts of chemically produced fragrances. Many of these artificial fragrances include benzene derivatives, aldehydes, and many other known toxics and sensitizers, which are capable of causing serious health issues and allergic reactions. Not only does this jeopardize the air quality in your home, many other additives in synthetic fragrances have not been studied enough to know how dangerous they are. Luckily, for the environmental or health conscious consumer there are better choices in candles.
Eco candles are candles made from a variety of natural sources, without using chemical based, synthetic fragrances. These sources include plant based, vegetal oils such as palm, coconut or almond to scent the candles. These natural sources not only create more realistic, soothing scents they are also better burning. Being created from natural oils these candles do not contain many of the same toxins found in their synthetic counter parts. Nor do they create as much soot, or release carcinogens into the air as they are a very clean burning light source.
Go Green with Style
The best news about natural candles is that they are not some fringe cottage industry. These healthier, cleaner burning candles are available online and in stores. They come in all the familiar shapes and sizes from tea lights to centerpieces. So purchase your favorite shapes and scents however you like to shop, and let’s get decorating.
Here are some classic concepts to remember when decorating with your new eco candles. Mix heights of pillar or box shaped candles on a glass plate or tray. Use the same scent or complementing scents in the same room. Select candle colors that compliment or contrast your room’s color scheme or relate to a holiday. Use a mirror to increase the radiance of the light from your candles. Take care when using candles in your home, and always remember to put your candles out before going to bed.
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Jillian Johnson is a professional content marketing writer and blogger with a particular interest in writing about home and garden. To read more writing by Jillian, follow her @MissWritey.