Scented reeds and candles – peh! I have thought a lot about scented reeds and candles …and my opinion is very low.
Scented reeds and candles contain a cocktail of chemicals to make the “fragrance.” Many of these ingredients are known or suspected lung irritants (and remember, you are breathing these in) and some also contain suspected carcinogens (meaning that they may cause cancer).
Many candles are made from paraffin – a petrochemical.
Most of them contain wicks that contain lead.
Safer alternatives include:
- opening windows to freshen the air instead
- using unscented candles or even salt lamps for ambience
- source candles that have lead-free wicks (remember, as a consumer, you have power, so ask your favourite companies… you will get the ball of change rolling)
- if you tolerate essential oils (and many people don’t) then you can get scented candles that are fragranced with essential oils instead of chemicals
- avoid incense
- seek out non-GM soy candles – avoid palm oil (environment) and beeswax (for the bees)
For information about air fresheners (and scented reeds and candles do fall into this category, you may like to view this…
As well, there are a number of posts that explain fragrances in more detail:
And of course, if you would like assistance with reducing your exposure to chemicals and other hazards in your home or workplace, let me know – I have a team of amazing well-trained building biologists that can assist you. 🙂