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How bad are candles?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 29, 2012 at 12:37 AM

my roomate has the place lit up right now...I feel like i'm slowly suffocating in a box of Fruit Loops.

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on November 29, 2012
at 10:15 AM

Wow, a context in which soy isn't 'conventional' ;) (I have no problems with some forms of soy btw). Serisouly, thanks for the tip, I just learnt something about candeles ;)

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:06 AM

Andrew - Given you mentioned you feel like you are suffocating, I'm going to assume they are conventional candles. Conventional candles tend to be cheaper, but to me they are not worth the savings. I prefer soy or actual beeswax candles. They burn much cleaner, which will ultimately lead you to enjoy them more. The candle is even more enjoyable when it is burning real essential oils that are much easier on your senses. Say no to synthetic scented candles, and say no to conventional paraffin candles.

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on November 29, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Or some electronic ones....candle impressions ones are very good.

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on November 29, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I forgot to add, many wicks in normal candles are contaminated with lead too, so you get a good dose of heavy metal poisoning on top of everything else.

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on November 29, 2012
at 01:02 AM

I'm not sure..I'm assuming theyre conventional

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on November 29, 2012
at 12:55 AM

Also, to elaborate about the cleanliness of soy candles vs. the conventional paraffin candles... soy candles burn cleaner with less soot, and they last longer.

97d98cdf2f18fa2c0bd8567ea1159609

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on November 29, 2012
at 12:40 AM

Are the candles soy or 'conventional'? Soy candles burn much cleaner compared to the conventional candles.

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153c4e4a22734ded15bf4eb35b448e85

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on November 29, 2012
at 10:46 AM

The problem is with paraffin wax candles, like some here already mentioned, they give off toxic fumes, south carolina state university (you can find the test results online) has done some tests on it, they found that the carcinogens when burning paraffin candles are quite high.

I personally never, ever burn paraffin candles inside.

I buy non-paraffin tea lights and candles from iherb, you can also get some beeswax tea lights and candles on ebay, etsy etc.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on November 29, 2012
at 01:31 AM

Sounds like someone is in need of a bunch of real beeswax candles scented only with essential oils if anything (passive aggressive xmas gift?). Those fake scented ones are torture for me, and I'm pretty sure people only put up with them because they haven't experienced the difference.

There are all sorts of reasons to get the hells out of there right now, or at least open windows for a cross breeze. Synthetic scents are really good at screwing up your hormones, burning them I'm sure would be worse than even air fresheners.

If you have chemical sensitivities exposure to synthetic scented candles could set you up for weeks of brain fog, headaches, and increased intensity of food and environmental sensitivities and allergies. If they are making you gag, it is well within your rights as a roommate to play the "chemical sensitivity" card, and start blowing those puppies out.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

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on November 29, 2012
at 01:37 AM

Or some electronic ones....candle impressions ones are very good.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on November 29, 2012
at 01:32 AM

I forgot to add, many wicks in normal candles are contaminated with lead too, so you get a good dose of heavy metal poisoning on top of everything else.

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on November 29, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Beeswax Baby! Buy her some.

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on November 29, 2012
at 02:41 AM

Depends... how do you feel after consuming them?

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