Candles have been a source of light, warmth, and ambiance for centuries, but over time, there has a collection of myths fabricated over time that have persisted through the last several years. In this article, we will shine a light on some of the most common misconceptions about candles and unveil the truth behind these enduring myths.
Myth #1: Candle soot is harmful.
The Truth: Candle soot is not harmful.
There is a small amount of soot that is produced by a candle. This is a natural byproduct of incomplete combustion from the wick and melted wax. It is similar to the soot given off by your toaster when you make your breakfast in the morning. If you’ve been okay with your toaster, you will be okay with the small amount of soot from your candle.
Myth #2: Paraffin wax is toxic.
The Truth: Both paraffin and soy waxes burn equally clean.
Both of these types of waxes are carbon based, so they both fuel a flame the same way.
Myth #3: Scented candles are unsafe.
The Truth: Scented candles are safe.
The fragrance oils that are made specifically for candles are formulated for safe burning, so consumers, just like you, can be confident that a well-made and properly burned candle, whether it’s scented or unscented, will burn cleanly and safely.
Myth #4: Candles should be extinguished with water.
The Truth: No candles should be put out with water.
Putting out candles with water can cause the wax to splatter, with not only making a mess, but it can also cause your glass candle jar to break.
Myth #5: You should burn a candle until there is no wax left.
The Truth: There should be 1/2 inch of wax remaining in your container.
This is a safety concern if you burn it all the way down to the bottom, leading to your container cracking and/or completely breaking.
Myth #6: Lead is used in candle wicks.
The Truth: No lead is used in candle wicks.
These types of wicks were banned in the United States in 2003, and before then, they were primarily limited to inexpensive candles that were imported.
As we've explored these common myths about candles, it becomes clear that there is more to these charming sources of light and fragrance than meets the eye. By debunking these misconceptions, consumers can now make more informed choices that align to their preferences, values, and safety considerations. So, the next time you light a candle, do so with the knowledge that goes beyond the flickering flame and enjoy the true magic that candles can bring to your space.