Reduce Soot and Improve Air Quality in Your Home

How to Reduce Candle Toxins

If you're concerned about scented candles and the possibility of toxins, there are ways to reduce soot and improve air quality in your home without completely giving up your candles.

  • Only burn one scented candle at a time.

  • Make sure your wick is trimmed each time you light your candle.

  • Do not burn any candle for more four hours at a time.

  • Use a cover or lid, or store new or cooled candles in airtight containers to keep them free of dust and other airborne particles.

  • Only buy good quality candles made in North America, Central Europe, or Australia. Cheap, poor quality candles could potentially have lead wicks, low quality wax, and synthetic colors and fragrances.

Also, keep in mind that soy candles are not petroleum-based and create much less soot than their paraffin counterparts. Similarly, candles made from 100 percent natural beeswax are toxin-free.

Decide the Level of Risk for Yourself

Since candle companies aren't required to list the exact ingredients used in their products in the United States, it is impossible to know for sure whether there are any toxins present. It is good news that most companies adhere to the standards set by the National Candle Association, but a consumer would really need to research the manufacturer's practices to find out that information. Unless a definitive study is ever conducted directly on a company, it will be up to consumers to look at the facts that are known and decide for themselves about the safety of the candles. 

This risk is why Flicker Box exists - to help you make healthy candle choices within the home. Flicker Box can just be a monthly subscription for you where you're hoping to discover new candles or hoping to get more bang for your buck, but our mission is to discover American-made products that we KNOW are safer and healthier for you to use in the home :)