Despite how delicious candles (and plug ins/air fresheners) smell the truth is they are health hazards. You can easily inspire a mood or create a welcoming environment through scent naturally. The best part is? It's easy, and 'll teach you! But first, let's ditch all of the scented candles and toss the plug ins and air fresheners while you're at it. Bye-bye toxins, hello naturally inviting scents.
Candles, plug ins and air fresheners are a dirty lot of products. For starters ingredients don't need to be disclosed so you may not be aware of all the health hazards such as: the lead in your candle wick that is contaminating your air as it burns, the carcinogens in the fragrances and the endocrine disruptions in the plug ins/air fresheners.
“The paraffin candles we tested released unwanted chemicals into the air. For a person who lights a candle every day for years or just uses them frequently, inhalation of these dangerous pollutants drifting in the air could contribute to the development of health risks like cancer, common allergies and even asthma.” (Source)
"Long-term exposure to emissions of certain types of candles could be hazardous to human health and cause poor indoor air quality." (Source)
"The most common use of phthalates is as an ingredient in "fragrance" mixtures added to body care products. Companies are not required to reveal the ingredients making up fragrance mixtures on the labels of products. EWG product testing found phthalates in nearly three-quarters of 72 name-brand products, though none of them listed phthalates as ingredients." (Source)
"The widely-used group of chemicals called phthalates can interfere with hormones in the body, posing potential risks to the reproductive and thyroid systems... Preliminary studies also link phthalates to diabetes risk and asthma." (Source)
"Scented candles are the major source of candle soot deposition. Most candle wax paraffins are
saturated hydrocarbons that are solid at room temperature. Most fragrance oils are unsaturated
hydrocarbons and are liquid at room temperature. The lower the carbon-to-hydrogen ratio, the
less soot is produced by the flame. Therefore, waxes that have more fragrances in them produce
more soot. In other words, candles labeled “super scented” and those that are soft to the touch
are more likely to generate soot." (Source)
"Candles with lead wicks have the potential to generate indoor airborne lead concentrations of
health concern. It is also possible for consumers to unknowingly purchase candles containing
lead wick cores and repeatedly expose themselves to harmful amounts of lead through regular
Toss the Toxins and Let's Get Festive!
My favorite way to create a welcoming environment in my home is through scent. There is nothing like walking into a delicious smelling home!
I recently had a friend come over and when she walked into the house she said "Oh, I don't want to keep you...I can smell that you're baking something!" And I said, oh, no, I'm not! First off, I don't bake (baking is both an art and science that I have not mastered) and secondly, that's just the diffuser! Yes- the diffuser is the best and safest way to scent your home.
There are many types of diffusers, one of the most popular types is the Ultrasonic/Humidifying. These diffusers work by blending the oils with water to create a fine mist that is projected into the air. Since they require the usage of water you only need a couple drops of essential oils per usage. Click on the pictures below to be directed to the diffuser I use.
I fill my diffusers in the morning when I wake up and the smell of choice permeates throughout the day.
I like to have scents that match the seasons. Right now I'm obsessed with a mixture of cinnamon and clove essential oils. Equal parts and your home will smell like one of those cinnamon brooms you'll find at the grocery stores during the Fall seasons.
Fall & Winter Blends:
Cinnamon / Clove
Cinnamon / Orange / Clove
Cinnamon / Ginger
Ginger / Clove / Nutmeg
Peppermint / Pine
Orange / Pine
Peppermint / Cinnamon
Nutmeg / Cinnamon / Orange
Fall & Winter Singles:
Spring & Summer Blends:
Lemon / Orange
Cheer Up Buttercup
Lavender / Lemon
Bergamot / Geranium
Spring & Summer Singles:
For diffusing essential oils NOW brand is a great affordable option. If you are wanting to use oils for topical or internal application look into Doterra or Young Living oils.
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