Are Everyday Candles Destroying Your Home And Health?

Why not take one of your most favorite crafts, Candle Making and use it for an additional form of income. That's right, you can use Candle Making to bring in some additional income, just one way to make some extra money from home.

I have reviewed and compiled a series of articles regarding Candle Making that will help you with a variety of different aspects regarding candles. I love candles, they smell so good and create such a festive mood. Read through these Candle Articles and either enjoy your candles more or even consider making a little extra money with your candle making hobby!

Here is an unusual use of candlesticks: No guarantees on my part but by the way this book sells...something is working!

  1. Candlestick charting is by far the most revealing method of understanding the basic moves made each day the market opens. Whilst we have many reference books on candlestick charting, we have found our clients (students) are more comfortable with the ABC of Charting with Candlesticks

Have you ever heard of Gel Candles? Check these out:

Gel candles are a fairly new type that are becoming more widely spread than you could even imagine. Crafters are going wild expressing themselves with these new fairly easy to make gel candles. Our ebook offers 51 great gel candle projects.

Check out this Candle Article


 

Are Everyday Candles Destroying Your Home And Health?

Did you know that most candles are made from the sludge in the bottom of a barrel of oil which is bleached and texturized with a chemical called acrolein? They're called paraffin candles and burning one puts all the same horrible toxins and carcinogens (cancer causing agents) into the air in your home that burning diesel fuel in your home would.

The National Candle Association estimates that more than 7 million people in the US alone burn candles every year. But testing by the EPA has confirmed that those candles, and the smoke and soot they give off, contain several dangerous chemicals in significant quantities. These chemicals include known or probable carcinogens, neurotoxins and reproductive toxins.

The American Lung Association also warns that burning paraffin candles can emit toxins (in measurable amounts) into your home's air. It might shock you to learn that after burning just a few paraffin candles in your home, the overall effect on the quality of the air in your home could be worse than the air in major cities like Los Angeles!

Not only is your health affected, but the health of your pets and children as well. Cathy Flanders who has been at the forefront of addressing health and safety issues involving candles says, "With the current 'candle-craze' and increased candle burning in homes, expectant Moms need to be aware of the fact that the emissions from some candles are toxic, reproductive toxins, neuro-toxins and/or carcinogens. This has been a growing cause for concern for the EPA and children's health agencies."

And it might hit your pocket book soon too. Not only is the price of oil spiraling out of control, but you might have a nasty surprise the next time you go to renew your homeowners insurance. 


Start your own Candle Business guide book

Amazing New Book on How to Run a Candle Business to Make Money at Home!

Click Here to Start A Candle Business!


The NIA Group (Insurance and Financial Services) lists the following problems with paraffin candles in an article on their website:

* Reduces the internal air quality in your home.

* Damage by particulate deposits on interior and exterior walls, carpets,

furniture, appliances, window treatments, floors and other surfaces.

* Contributes to health problems from inhaling particulate matter or ingesting harmful chemicals.

* Spews hazardous chemicals that are either in the paraffin wax, the wick, or are present when paraffin wax is burned....Acetone, Benzene, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Toluene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene and Lead

They go on to say...

"Another surprise is that the candle-making industry is not required to tell consumers about the ingredients used in their products, including when a wick is used which contains a lead core."

No one knows for sure if paraffin candles cause cancer, but there are at least 4 cancer-causing chemicals associated with paraffin candles.

The EPA lists these chemicals on their website:

1) Benzene (EPA classification as Group A, known human carcinogen).

2) Carbon Tetrachloride (EPA classification as Group B2 probable human carcinogen).

3) Trichloroethane (EPA classification as Group C, possible human carcinogen).

4) Toluene (EPA classification as Group B2 probable human carcinogen).

Would you burn animal fat in your home?

Most of us would answer an emphatic "No!" or "Yuck!" to that question, but like something straight out of a horror movie, you might react in horror to realize that you probably are burning animal fat in your home when you burn paraffin candles.

That's because many paraffin candles contain large amounts of animal fats to give them a more textured or rustic look. So what's the alternative? Believe it or not, the answer comes from soybeans. The soy plant produces a waxy substance that not only burns cooler, but can burn up to 50% longer than paraffin wax.

Since soy wax is derived from plants, it's a renewable resource that's a pleasure for candle makers to work with. Some of the surprising benefits of soy candles include:

 

TODAY'S NEWS:


* Burn with no toxins, carcinogens or choking soot.
* Burn up to 50% longer than paraffin candles.
* Cruelty-free, contain no animal fats.
* Non-toxic, biodegradable, derived from a renewable resource.
* Cleans up easily with soap and hot water.
* Better for the environment.
* Use no nasty chemicals to release fragrance.
* Supports the American farmer - not foreign oil.

As more and more people learn about the harmful effects of burning paraffin candles in their homes, they're substituting soy candles with surprising results. Karen Key, a mother of three in Washington state, had this to say, "I'm asthmatic and when I burn paraffin candles in my home, or get around smoke or perfumy scents, my airway closes down and I start to panic.

So I was more than a little nervous when a friend lit a scented soy candle in front of me. I have to say I'm completely amazed. Shocked is a better word. With soy candles I now have no problem breathing and I can finally enjoy the beauty and magic of candles in my home once again!"

So the next time you want to create a warm, inviting, and romantic atmosphere in your home, don't destroy your home - or your health, choose all-natural soy candles as a healthy alternative.

To learn more about the dangers of paraffin candles you can go to any of the following websites:

http://www.epa.gov
http://www.soycandlemaker.biz
http://www.scorecard.org
http://www.webref.org
http://www.fpinva.org
About the Author

To reach the author, learn more about soy candles or start your own fun and highly profitable soy candle making business go to:

http://www.soycandlemaker.biz
"The most fun you'll have making money!"

You can also download a free ebook on the topic at:
http://www.soycandlemaker.biz/freeebook.html


I hope you enjoyed the article on Candles and Candle Making! Better yet, I hope you seriously explore the possibility of setting up your own Candle Making Business. It will be a lot of fun and give you some extra spending money.....who knows, maybe you'll give Martha Stewart some competition :)

Don't forget to check Liz's homepage for the latest art projects, you never know what you might find. She has wine glasses, window paintings, an old chair, an ebook on learning how to paint. Check out www.LizParat.com now !

More Great Articles:

Bee Wax Candle Making Supplies
Most candle makers consider bee wax to be one of the best materials...

Make Your Own Beeswax Candles
Candles have been used for centuries to provide warmth and light. ...

Candle Making Business for Fun & Profit
Although a good number of people learn How to Start a Candle Making...

The Many Dimensions of the World of Candles
Candles have been around for many, many years, but it was not too...

Sitemap

Candle Making In School As A Fundraiser Activity
Candle fundraiser activities are done by most schools because they...

Eight easy tips for candle creation
A lot of people have a passion for candles. Candles are used every...

Candle Making 101
If you'd like to try your hand at candle making, set aside two...

The Warmth of Candle Glow
Holiday Candles - ever popular and even indispensable in many homes -...

Start a Candle Business ebook
Click Here to Start A Candle Business!