Scented candles aren’t as zen and positive as they may seem at first glance
- Scented candles produce smoke that can cause difficulty in breathing
When you burn a candle for a long time, it may produce a large flame that causes harmful smoke which is not safe for you and other people in your house. Inhaling harmful smoke may irritate your lungs or heart (if you burn the candle for a long time). It may block oxygen and harm your respiratory system. So, it is a bad idea to leave a candle burning for more than 3 hours.
- Scented candles are a potential fire hazard
Scented candles have an extremely high burning point which is dangerous for your surroundings. You cannot sleep or leave the room with a burning candle; if it gets knocked off due to a pet, moving curtain, or any other reason it can lead to a fire.
Candles are one of the top reasons for fire accidents indoors and in homes.
- Candles with scent can lower air quality
While scented candles may have scents that contribute to clean air, they also emit harmful gases such as carbon monoxide and carcinogenic toxins. If you’re going to be using fragrant candles in your home, it’s important to keep an open window or a fan running at least once per hour so that indoor air is being refreshed from the scented candle smoke.
- Scented candle wax can ruin furniture
The scented candle wax around the wick has a higher melting point than other types of household waxes; this means that if fragrant candles are burned for too long, their melted wax can drip onto surfaces like the paint of your furniture and leave permanent scuff marks.
- Scented candle ingredients can be carcinogenic
Scented candle wax is made up of hazardous chemicals that are known to cause cancer when they are burned for extended periods. Therefore fragrant candles should be burned in a well-ventilated area for no longer than three hours at a time.
- Scented candle jars and containers aren’t recyclable
Scented candle wax is made with petroleum products that aren’t biodegradable. If fragrant candles are accidentally burned too long or if candles burn down all the way, you shouldn’t put them in your recycling bin because they may contaminate other recyclables such as paper, plastic, and aluminum. In addition to the wax, the jars that candles are made in once discarded, sit in landfills for years.
- Scented candles are expensive and lose their scent over time leading to wastage of money
Good Scented candles are very expensive, you have to settle with the same scent till you use up the entire candle. Over a period of time, due to uneven burning candles tend to lose their scent.