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When It comes to Candles When does Cheap Cost Too Much?

Thursday, March 19, 2015 | By Pat Cattermole

We all know what we mean by cheap candles. You find them in the dollar store or a hardware store and they are usually the ones that people grab quickly for a power outage. They are typically brilliant white paraffin. They most often are made in China and if you have had them around for a while I suggest you rub the wicks on a sheet of white paper. If the unburned wick makes the paper grey or black throw it away. Chances are good there is metal in the wick.

The only redeeming quality of these candles is they are cheap. But when does cheap cost us too much? How much do you value air quality? How much do you value the health and wellbeing of your family?

Consider this chemical soup of ingredients often found in paraffin:

  • Acrolein
  • Benzene
  • Ethanol
  • Formaldehyde
  • dibutyl phthalate
  • diethyl phthalate
  • toluene
  • styrene
  • ethyl benzene
  • naphthalene
  • benzaldehyde
  • didecyl phthalate
  • acetone

There is a very ugly side to paraffin. Some of the above toxins are also found in cigarettes, specifically acetone, benezene, formaldehyde and toluene. I don’t want the chemicals in cigarettes released in my house and I have not allowed smoking cigarettes in my house for years. So why would I burn a paraffin candle? Too often we let price dictate our choices. But is the potential risk to our health and that of our family worth it? Maybe cheap paraffin is actually costing us too much!

An alternative to paraffin is 100% pure natural beeswax. Find out more about the benefits of beeswax.

Pat Cattermole picture Published by Pat Cattermole - I had the good fortune to be hired at Honey Candles in the fall of 2004. Experience managing a small rural printing business and 15 years as an elected public school trustee has been a benefit as Honey Candles moves through the need for flexibility and the demands of rapidly changing natural products marketing. I am the Sales Manager and most likely to be the one answering the phone when you call. Social Media and blogging for Honey Candles has been a recent addition to my list of skills.

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