Scented candles: chemist warns of serious health hazard

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Are you a big fan of scented candles? Then you should know that regularly lighting scented candles is very harmful to the body, as a chemist reveals.

Many people swear by scented candles in their homes to make them cozy and “comfortable.“ But the price seems too high if it means doing great harm to our health.

Dr. Dan Gubler, a Ph.D. chemist, specializing in organic chemistry, explains the practical side of chemistry in numerous TikTok videos with more than 34,000 followers.

Recently, many clinical studies have been published showing that frequent burning of candles indoors can cause serious health problems.

No quality control and cheap kerosene wax.

The problem with scented candles: there is no quality control, and most of the time, the candles are made of cheap kerosene wax, which reveals toxic substances that we breathe in unfiltered.

Candles are made of cheap kerosene wax. They contain artificial fragrances and dyes. Carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, benzopyrene, and other volatile compounds are produced when we burn them.

Serious health problems because of scented candles.

Dr. Dan Gubler cites one health problem: the inhibition of cells‘ ability to grow normally, especially in the bladder. But it can also affect reproduction – pretty disturbing findings.

Many people think of pollution in terms of exhaust fumes, but indoor air pollution also has serious health consequences that few people are aware of. The culprits here are scented candles, sprays, and the toaster, producing as much particulate matter as a car.

A less harmful alternative in terms of health

According to the chemist, lighting scented candles in a well-ventilated room should not be a problem. It becomes dangerous if you do this regularly, making it a kind of ritual – for example, every night before bedtime…

But Dr. Dan Gubler does not leave his viewers without a solution: In another TikTok video, he explains that the safest candles would be made of unscented/scent-free soy wax. This lacks the pleasant scent, but at least you can create a cozy atmosphere this way.

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