All to know about clean candles.

All to know about clean candles: The reason why they are better and tips on how to choose the right ones

Have you ever stop to think about the safety of scented candles? There’s a new trend pushing for clean fragrances and it is here to stay. Let’s find out!

What is a clean fragrance?

Although the term clean has not been legally defined, it is already used to describe some characteristics of the scents used in creating candles. Clean candles should be free of phthalates, parabens, allergens, and chemicals that haven’t been tested for safety.

Clean candles should be free of phthalates, parabens, allergens, and chemicals that haven’t been tested for safety

Makers of fragrance don’t need to specify the ingredients of their scent, therefore, when we read 'fragrance’ on any product label –including candles– this might include allergens, endocrine-disrupting phthalates, and other chemicals that haven’t even been tested.

How do we choose our candles?

First of all, choose products that contain only natural fragrances, that haven’t been blended with paraffin and those which will affect your air quality the least.

Choose products that contain only natural fragrances, that haven’t been blended with paraffin and those which will affect your air quality the least.

These are some options:

Soy candles and other vegetable-based candles

They are vegan, made of renewable products and the options are endless: coconut wax, apricot oil, and soy wax. A solid form of hydrogenated soybean oil is used to create this marvelous natural renewable product. Unlike paraffin –a by-product of crude oil refining– soy wax is a pure compound with which to make candles. In addition, they last longer because soy wax burns more slowly, and they are easily cleaned with soap and hot water.

They are vegan, made of renewable products and the options are endless.

Beeswax candles

Beeswax is the all-natural, no-toxic waxy substance secreted by bees after consuming honey. They use this to construct their honeycombs and after being filtered, it can be used to produce candles. They produce negative ions when burned and they help neutralize pollutants in the air, this means that they will help eliminate dust, odors, and mold in the atmosphere. They are safe and they have the brightest light of any candles.

Beeswax candles will help eliminate dust, odors, and mold in the atmosphere.

So next time you go shopping for candles, try to choose one of the clean options!

Here´s a nice ASMR video on how to make your own soy candles!

Victoria Thais

A trip to India was all it took for Victoria to realise that meditation is not a fancy word for sitting around in silence. It truly changed Victoria’s life to a less stressful and more mindful one. Now a freelance consultant and journalist, Victoria joined KOKO to share her knowledge on those little things that are life so much better, and cosier.+ info

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