Are candles bad for you?


Shedding Light on the Truth: Are Candles Harmful to Your Health?



Candles have been an integral part of human culture for centuries, serving not only as a source of light but also as a means of relaxation and decoration. Their warm glow and soothing scents can create a cosy atmosphere that many of us cherish. However, in recent years, concerns have arisen about the potential health risks associated with burning candles. It is time to shed some light on a brighter side of candlelit living. We will delve into the topic and separate fact from fiction to help you make informed choices when it comes to enjoying candles from Mysa Homeware.


The Basics of Candle Composition


Before we dive into the health concerns, lets understand the basic components of a typical candle:


  1. Wax: Most candles are made from paraffin wax, soy wax, beeswax or other natural and synthetic materials. Paraffin wax, extracted from petroleum, is one of the most common types used in mass-produced candles. However, at Mysa Homeware we only use Natural Wax or Soy Wax.
  2. Wick: The wick is the part of the candle that burns. It is usually made from cotton or another natural fibre, often coated with a thin layer of wax.
  3. Fragrance and Colour: Candles can be scented and coloured using various additives and oils.


    Now that we have a clear picture of what goes into a candle, let’s explore the potential health concerns.


    1.  Indoor Air Quality:

    One of the primary concerns associated with candles is the release of airborne pollutants when they burn. This is particularly relevant if you burn candles frequently in enclosed spaces. To reduce airborne pollutants, consider several proactive steps. Firstly, opt for candles made from Natural Wax or Soy Wax, which emit fewer pollutants compared to paraffin candles. Secondly, limit the duration and frequency of candle burning in enclosed spaces. Finally, trim the candle wick before each use to reduce soot and ensure a cleaner and safer burn. By taking these precautions, you can enjoy the ambiance of candles while minimising their impact on indoor air quality.


    1. Allergies and Sensitivities:

    Fragranced candles can trigger allergies or sensitivities in some individuals. If you or someone in your household is prone to allergies or respiratory issues, it’s essential to choose candles that use natural or soy wax and avoid synthetic additives. All of our candles are made with Natural Wax which is a blend of rapeseed oil and coconut oil and all of our wax melts are made with Soy Wax.


    1. Chemical Additives:

    Mass-produced candles may contain chemical additives, such as UV stabilisers and colourants which can be released into the air when the candle burns. Not only are our candles hand-poured carefully in small batches but we have ensured that there are no UV stabilisers or colourants in our candles.


    Now that we’ve addressed the potential health concerns, here are some tips for selecting and using candles safely.


    1. Opt for Natural Waxes: Consider candles made from soy, beeswax, or other     natural materials as alternatives to paraffin wax candles. Our candles are made with a Natural wax, a blend of rapeseed and coconut oil.
    2. Trim the wick: Keep the candles wick trimmed to ¼ inch to reduce the concentration of indoor air pollutants.
    3. Burn Mindfully: Never leave candles unattended and place them on a heat-resistant surface away from flammable materials.


      So why choose a Mysa Homeware Candle?


      1. Pure Ingredients for a Healthier You

      When you choose Mysa Homeware's natural wax candles, you’re choosing purity. Unlike conventional paraffin wax candles, which can release soot and potentially harmful compounds when burned, our candles are crafted from either a natural wax, a blend of rapeseed oil and coconut oil or soy wax. These waxes burn cleaner, producing significantly fewer airborne pollutants. Say goodbye to worries about indoor air quality and breathe easy with our natural wax candles.


      1. Eco-Friendly Choices for a Greener Tomorrow

      Beyond your personal well-being, our commitment to sustainability extends to the environment. Our natural wax candles are not only better for you but also for the environment. Soy wax and our natural wax, for example, is a renewable resource. B y choosing our candles, you’re making a conscious choice to support eco-friendly practices and reduce your carbon footprint.


      1. Handcrafted with Love

      Each Mysa candle is carefully handcrafted in small batches to ensure the highest quality and attention to detail. We take pride in our artisanal approach, ensuring that every candle is a work of art. The result is a clean-burning, long-lasting candle that elevates your space, creating a cosy, inviting atmosphere.


      4.  Aesthetic Appeal

      Our candles aren’t just about function, they’re a work of art. With elegant, minimal packaging and a wide range of scents, they make for the perfect décor piece in your home. Whether you’re seeking to create a romantic ambiance or spruce up you’re living space, our candles add a touch of sophistication to any setting.





      At Mysa Homeware, we believe that candles can be a source of joy, comfort, and well-being. Our natural wax candles not only transform your space into a haven of relaxation but also contribute to a healthier indoor environment as well as being aesthetically pleasing. Embrace the glow and experience the magic of our handcrafted candles. With every burn, you’re supporting a greener future, enhancing your mood, and indulging in pure luxury. Illuminate your life with Mysa Homeware Shop now and embrace the start of something special.

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