Toxic Home Mini Class
Air Fresheners and Scented Candles
Who doesn’t love a good smelling home, or car? Sometimes, our houses just stink from so many people and things going on, so it’s easy to just pick up any ole thing that will help mask that.
Synthetic fragrances are crazy full of chemicals. Most of y’all know that I’m a soap maker, so I’m in the know of some of the chemicals used in soaps, and just a bit of a heads up, don’t think because a soap or anything else is homemade that it’s not littered with chemicals.
Fragrances are chemicals. They are not natural.
Room sprays, plug ins and scented candles can emit so many harmful chemicals that are well known to be carcinogens, respiratory and endocrine (thyroid, adrenals) disrupters, and even reproductive toxicants! WHO THE HECK NEEDS THESE TROUBLE MAKERS???
Have you ever entered a room where candles were burning and the smell is nice but then suddenly, your lungs are gasping for air? Scented candles are a huge source of indoor air pollution and they emit chemicals that are considered as dangerous as second-hand smoke. Paraffin wax is most commonly used and create toxic benzene and toluene when burned and BOTH are carcinogens.
And if all that isn’t enough for you, many wicks contain heavy metals like lead and so those are putting lead into the air!! What the heck? I just don’t need all this junk! Apparently, candle wicks in the US are supposed to be made from cotton or paper but studies show that 30% of candles contain heavy metals in the wicks.
“A candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air, says the CPSC, which is why they banned lead wicks in 2003. Exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.” (greenamerica.org).
Here are some nice smelling blends to use in your diffusers! I hope you have one in every room or are at least working towards that goal!
Leave a comment with some of your favorite diffuser recipes!