Have you ever stopped to question what chemicals are actually in your candles? Whether your pick candles based on their to-die-for scent or by go-to brand, we wanted to understand the dos and dont’s when it comes to candles.
From what chemicals to avoid when picking a candle to every negative effect they can have on our health, we spoke to Melissa Young, Beauty Therpaist, CEO and Founder of Moiya Scents to find out the ins and outs for once and for all.
Most commercially available candles are made with paraffin wax which is a petroleum by-product. Paraffin wax is created from the sludge waste when crude oil is refined into gasoline. When burned, dangerous compounds are released, known as carcinogenic or cancer-causing agents.
In addition to paraffin wax, candles that are made with lead wicks can also be extremely toxic. When burning, the lead wicks can release an unsafe level of lead into the air which can contribute to causing lead poisoning.
An Australian study published in 2017 found that one-third of the Australian population reported adverse health effects from fragranced products, including respiratory problems, migraine headaches and asthma attacks.
Lead poisoning is most dangerous to unborn babies, small children and pregnant women. It can lead to impaired growth, hearing loss, behaviour problems, impaired short-term memory, reproductive disorders, memory loss, and nerve disorders.
Long term effects from exposure to paraffin wax and their toxic fumes include increased risk of cancer, allergies, and asthma.
These findings are meaning luxury candle brands such as Moiya Scents are moving towards candles that are derived from natural soy waxes and cotton wicks. Benefits of soy wax candles include longer and cleaner burn time, and an overall pure and stronger scent. “Soy candles burn up to 50% slower than candles made from paraffin wax, which makes Moiya Scent candles more cost-effective because they last longer”.
When buying candles, it is important to look for candles that are made from soy wax or beeswax. In addition to this, it is also important to buy candles that are made using cotton wicks.
There are many benefits of purchasing candles made from Soy Wax! Firstly, soy wax is made from vegetables (soybeans), whereas paraffin wax candles are derived from petroleum. This means soy wax is made from a natural, biodegradable and renewable resource (environmentally friendly).
Another benefit is the fact that soy wax burns 30-50% longer than paraffin – the reason behind this is because soy wax has a lower melting point, and as a result they can burn longer than paraffin candles.
Unlike paraffin candles that produce a lot of black soot, a candle that is made from soy wax has a cleaner burn and only a little amount of soot is released.
Something that makes Moiya Scent candles unique is the fact they are an indulgent triple scented-smelling product. Meaning as the candle burns closer to the base different fragrances are released into the air. You are essentially getting three candle scents in one.
For example; Èvasion (escape) is a luscious blend of lemon + lime on a delicate heart of creamy coconut fresh florals.
The top of the candle is a mix of Antilles lime, memon palm, freesia, white, bergamot. The middle of the candle is a mix of coconut water, sugarcane, dragonfruit. The bottom of the candle is a mix of vetiver, bourbon vanilla.