Everyone wants a home that smells good, which is why scented candles are so popular. But, says toxic-exposure expert Sophia Gushee, that wax and wick could pose health risks if you're not careful. Here, the Well+Good Council member explains why you may want to take a closer look at candles before lighting up. While it's ideal to avoid burning candles, when the joy it brings outweighs your concerns, keep the below list in mind to choose healthier candles.
  • Wax: Choose 100% pure beeswax with no artificial colors.
  • Wick: Choose 100% cotton.
  • Fragrance: Choose fragrance-free (best choice) or 100% pure essential oils.
  • Buy candles made in the USA. Even better, support local businesses and buy from local candle makers that you know and trust.


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