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Are burning candles bad for your health?

I have a feeling this has been asked here before but I can't find a thread on it. I've noticed over the past 8 months I've probably burned over 40 candles in my apartment and I've wondered if I'm just breathing in all that vaporized candle wax. Are there any health concerns in burning candles. Aside from keeping the apartment clean, burning scented candles seem like a perfect way to keep the home smelling nice.
Old 01-11-2008, 05:42 PM FM 2347 is offline  
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soy candles supposedly burn better, last longer, and unlike regular candles, don't leave soot marks on your walls. Overtime, candle smoke can actually stain walls and paint i believe.

candles are a must though, i live in a musky apartment building, and when I bring a girl over I like for my place to smell moderate to nice.. they always compliment it too
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soy candles supposedly burn better, last longer, and unlike regular candles, don't leave soot marks on your walls. Overtime, candle smoke can actually stain walls and paint i believe.

candles are a must though, i live in a musky apartment building, and when I bring a girl over I like for my place to smell moderate to nice.. they always compliment it too

Yep!

I used to work at a candle store my parents ran and I used to carve candles and make them. Wax is an oil product so it burns like oil and gas would, emitting carbon dioxide, and some of the cheaper dollar store candles will give off smoke (Buy decent quality candles, its worth it). The only real danger is if you somehow exhaust all of the oxygen in your room. You should be fine though.

And yes, candles can stain wallpaper and paint on the ceilings or close walls due to smoke emissions in cheaper candles.
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Try reed diffusers. They offer similar benefits without burning anything. Wikipedia has a brief description,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_diffuser

and you can search "reed diffuser" for products and more info. I'm looking into it myself, as I'm getting my own place soon.
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I've heard of candles emitting lead into the air as well-
quick search came up with this article, it tells youwhich ones to watch out for.
http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/mcs/candles.html
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Hmm, never thought about this. I burn a lot of candles, but I'm also a big fan of reed diffusers. I have 2 of them, and they make the house consistently smell nice, even when I first get home.

If candles are bad for me, I'm screwed. My wife has 'em everywhere!
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So it looks like they can't be any worse than driving on the freeway every day. You're probably exposed to more smoke there.
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I've heard of candles emitting lead into the air as well-
quick search came up with this article, it tells youwhich ones to watch out for.
http://www.anapsid.org/cnd/mcs/candles.html

yeah cheaper candles are cut with lead. If you get the candles that are painted with that metallic paint alot of those have lead and are responsible for alot of house fires.

If you go to an actual candle store the majority of their candles will be 100% paraffin wax that is died to achieve color, not painted. Some glazes are also mainly paraffin cut with something else. Its worth your health to spend a few extra dollar on a higher quality candle, not only that but they burn nicer, longer, cleaner and safer
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Try reed diffusers. They offer similar benefits without burning anything. Wikipedia has a brief description,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_diffuser

and you can search "reed diffuser" for products and more info. I'm looking into it myself, as I'm getting my own place soon.

My mother is a big fan of these, but I'm left to wonder why. They don't seem to have any effect beyond taking up some shelf space and the scent is unnoticeable. I realize that some times you do not want a scent to be smelled, but these are incapable of covering up even the most faint of aromas. They are no where near as effective as a candle.
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My mother is a big fan of these, but I'm left to wonder why. They don't seem to have any effect beyond taking up some shelf space and the scent is unnoticeable. I realize that some times you do not want a scent to be smelled, but these are incapable of covering up even the most faint of aromas. They are no where near as effective as a candle.

Sounds like she either needs to buy a different brand or at the very least flip her reeds over. Mine smell great. Not as strong as a candle, no, but I can smell it every time I walk into the room.
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As my opinion yes cheaper candles are cut with lead. If you get the candles that are painted with that metallic paint a lot of those have lead and are responsible for a lot of house fires.
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Typically, burning candles shouldn't cause any harm and in fact may be good for you psychologically.

However, it is also true that overuse of (SOME!) candles and other plug in air fresheners may contain Formaldehyde as well as other VOC's (volatile organic compounds) that get released when you burn them. They may result in feeling sick - headaches, nausea, and other general 'not well' feelings.

I had a family that was convinced they had mold in their house due to the family feeling sick, unable to focus, headahces etc.... and after some environmental testing (and investigation) we found it was the fact that the lady of the house sold candles and other fragrance laden items, and once those were removed from the house - the symptoms stopped
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