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Why I say No to Candles


If you’re anything like me then at some point in your life you loved candles. I mean, who doesn’t want a delicious smelling home? I know I do and I sure don’t need to be cooking or baking all the time to have my house filled with wonderful aroma’s. And as much as I would like, God has not provided the means for me to fill my home with fresh flowers all the time.

There’s always been something about the soft glow of the flickering flame of a candle that beckoned me to a calm state. So how could it be that the very things I loved were possibly toxifying my home, all the while making it smell wonderful. The more I thought about this the more it reminded me of the devil. He’s cunning and beautiful. He appears as light but he’s really just in disguise. He’s darkness, killing us one breath of his lies at a time.

Just so you know, I don’t claim to be all candle educated. I’m sure there are some healthier alternatives. I have seen a few in some health food stores I frequent, but they aren’t smells I have been particularly fond of and from what I saw there weren’t many scents to choose from. Plus, every time I had my husband smell one he made a facial expression that I knew I didn’t want to see again so back on the shelf it went.

So what’s so bad about most candles you buy?

1. First off, candle companies are not required by law to tell you what they make their candles with.

(Hm, I would think if they were proud of their ingredients they would list them whether it was legally required or not, just sayin)

2. Parafin

“Paraffin is the major ingredient in most conventional candles and is a sludge waste product from the petroleum industry. It releases carcinogenic chemicals when burned. The soot/fumes are similar to that released from a diesel engine and can be as dangerous as second-hand cigarette smoke. This can contribute to serious respiratory issues like asthma.” source: Keeper of the Home

3. Possible lead in the wick

Yikes! This is getting worse by the minute.

4. Benzene and Toluene

And what in the heck are they? They’re toxic chemicals my friends, that are found in the “sooty residue” from burning candles… sooty residue that just so happens to cause cancer.

5. Artificial scents.

Did you read my “Beaver Butt, say What?” post yet? If not, you should take a little stroll on over to that post. You never know what may be lurking in your raspberry preserves or your new car scented air freshener. 😉

6. And more toxic chemicals.

Quoting Keeper of the Home again. “Other toxic chemicals that may be present in the paraffin mixture and released through burning include: Acetone, Trichlorofluoromethane, Carbon Disulfide, 2-Butanone, Trichloroethane, Trichloroethene, Carbon Tetrachloride, Tetrachloroethene, Chlorobenzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Xylene, Phenol, Cresol, Cyclopentene. Some of the toxins are found in other products such as paint, laquer and varnish removers– that’s potent and powerful stuff!”


So what’s a girl to do?

I wouldn’t begin to tell you what to do but I will tell you what I’ve done. I’ve replaced my candles with essential oils and a diffuser. Not only does my house smell phenomenal, but the little scent molecules floating around my home and into the bodies of my little ones are now beneficial to their tiny, growing bodies! That’s a Win.. Win, if you ask me!

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Melissa Tahmisian March 23, 2014, 4:38 am

    Thanks! I need help with what diffuser to get!Btw I hear Young Living Lemon is suppose to be great for learning! Friend of mone does it in his son’s classroom.

  • Karen June 20, 2014, 1:32 pm

    Can you tell me what oils you diffuse? I can’t find one yet that I want my house to smell like:). Thanks for the info!

    • KristyQuinn June 20, 2014, 2:51 pm

      Hi Karen!

      I’d be glad to tell you what I diffuse. 🙂 I have 5 girls, 4 of which are capable of voicing their opinions as to what our house smells like so typically I will take a vote, unless we’re in need of certain oils. That’s the great thing about essential oils. They not only smell good, but they’re also beneficial to your body!

      I’m a creative spirit so I diffuse what I like to smell by my mood. Am I cranky? Am I in need of an emotional boost? Am I having a hard day? Is it cloudy outside and I just want to grab a cup of hot cocoa, tea, or coffee and curl up with a good book. Warm smell? Earthy smell? Floral?

      Some of my most favorites to diffuse are…
      1. Joy (I also make a perfume with this one as well as carpet deodorizer. It’s great for adrenal fatigue and it smells soooo good!)
      2. Gentle baby (I’m not pregnant and my youngest is 16 months old but we all just love this smell! I also make perfume with it)
      3. Peace & Calming (This was the first one I ever diffused. lol If I’m having a rough day you can betcha I diffuse this one at least once. We also love it before bed. It’s a great way to help little ones calm down before bed)
      4. Clarity (This one is awesome if you’re in need of a pick me up. My group has an Oil of the month club and this was one of the oils they taught about so I bought it. I’m so glad I did. I suffer from thyroid and adrenal issues and some days I don’t feel like I can remember everything I need to. Clarity helps!)
      5. Thieves. (We use this one whenever we think anyone might be getting sick. It smells like Cloves and & Cinnamon and its healing properties have been said to be almost miraculous. It is the only thing I have heard of that can kill black mold. During Fall this is a favorite! We also drink it and rub it on our feet if need be. Diffusing it is terrific too!)
      6. A mix of Lavender, Peppermint & Lemon (At first I thought this sounded odd but it’s what I give my 7 year old in a capsule for her allergies. They’ve been so bad since we moved that I thought I would try diffusing them too. Believe it or not, they actually smell good together and she’s breathing them in. Those 3 together have worked miracles for her recently!)

      I could go on and on. Those are a few I diffuse. The only scents you really won’t find in essential oils to diffuse that candles have would be vanilla and chocolate. I decided that when I needed those scents I would just bake. lol

      Have a good weekend! I hope that helped.

  • Lisa June 28, 2014, 12:01 am

    What type of diffuser do you use? How many diffusers do you use at one time? Sorry for all the questions. I have thought about getting a diffuser but have no idea where to start.

    • KristyQuinn June 28, 2014, 12:14 am

      Hey Lisa 🙂

      I don’t mind the questions at all. I sell Young Living so I would love to help you. Do you already have oils to diffuse? If not, it would benefit you to buy a package. The one I started with was the Premium Starter kit. It comes with 11 oils, samples of a few different oils and two samples of Ningxia Red. You get the diffuser for free in this one! And it includes a wholesale membership which means that every other order you make you will receive 24% off! You could also sell the oils with that membership if you wanted to. You wouldn’t have to though.

      If you already have Pure Therapeutic oils there are a couple of options for diffusers. You can have as many as you want, or in my case, as money allows. lol The new one that Young Living just came out with has timers on it. I don’t have that one yet but I will be getting it soon.

      If you want to talk more, you can email me at kristy@kristyquinn.net I’d love to chat with you!

  • Deb July 29, 2015, 9:26 pm

    I make my own from beeswax and wicks certified lead free.

    • KristyQuinn August 1, 2015, 3:33 am

      I have made those too. I just long for scents in my home, not always beeswax and I haven’t figured out how to make scented candles using beeswax that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg in essential oils. I do love having those natural candles available for when I need them though. 🙂

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