Are Scented Candles Toxic? Debunking Myths and Choosing Healthier Options

Are Scented Candles Toxic? Debunking Myths and Choosing Healthier Options

Are Scented Candles Toxic? Debunking Myths and Choosing Healthier Options


Candles have been a part of human history for centuries. From illuminating dark spaces to creating a cozy ambiance, candles serve various purposes. However, there’s an ongoing debate about whether burning candles is harmful to our health. Here we’ll explore the facts about scented candles, their potential toxicity, and how you can make informed choices.

The Paraffin Controversy: Is It Really a Problem?

Paraffin wax, derived from petroleum, is commonly used in candles. Critics argue that burning paraffin releases potentially harmful chemicals, such as toluene. However, the evidence remains inconclusive. Here’s the twist: food-grade paraffin—yes, the same stuff used to coat fruits—is considered safe for consumption. When used in candles in small amounts, it’s purified and poses minimal risk .

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): Not as Scary as They Sound

Burning candles does release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air. But before you panic, consider this: the levels emitted by candles are generally low and unlikely to cause health problems. In fact, many everyday activities (like cooking or driving) also release VOCs. Proper ventilation minimizes any potential impact .

Choosing Healthier Candles

When selecting candles, opt for those committed to transparency, quality, and sustainability. Here’s how:

  1. Beeswax Candles: These emit little soot and have a sweet, honey-like scent. Look for 100% pure beeswax candles.  While beeswax offers a clean burn, concerns about its impact on bee populations make it a less sustainable option.
  2. Soy Wax Candles: Made from soybean oil, they’re eco-friendly and produce less soot than paraffin candles.
  3. Coconut Soy Wax Candles:  At Loft81 Home, every element is thoughtfully selected to ensure purity and safety. The coconut and soy wax fusion isn't just about creating a candle; it's a deliberate choice to offer you a clean, sustainable burn that enhances your environment without compromising on quality or safety. Each candle is a testament to our commitment—to deliver not just a product, but an experience that embodies both excellence and peace of mind.
  4. 100% Cotton Wicks: Free from harmful additives, they burn cleanly.
  5. Fragrance Integrity: Phthalate-Free and Paraben-Free: Experience the essence of fragrance integrity at Loft81 Home, where we prioritize your well-being. Our commitment to quality ensures that our scented candles are both phthalate-free and paraben-free. Collaborating closely with a fragrance house, we rigorously test our fragrance oils, guaranteeing they're phthalate-free while delighting your senses. Furthermore, our candles are meticulously crafted without harmful chemicals, ensuring a safe and healthy ambiance for your space. Elevate your surroundings with Loft81 Home candles, where your health is as essential as the ambiance they create.

A Thoughtful Choice

While the debate continues, informed decisions can minimize risks. Light a candle, relax, and breathe easy knowing you’ve chosen wisely. Remember, it’s not just about fragrance—it’s about health and harmony.





  1. AFP Fact Check: Experts say food-grade wax is safe to consume
  2. Deseret News: No, burning scented candles is not bad for your health
  3. VOCs in candles
  4. Reviewed: Non-toxic candles
  5. The Redhead Riter: The Truth About Paraffin Wax Candles.
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