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The main difference between aromatherapy candles and regular scented candles is that aromatherapy candles use pricier essential oils. most scented candles used inferior often contain synthetic ingredients.
Synthetic fragrances in your candles are bad for your health. Unfortunately, most mass-produced scented candles can have a negative impact on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ). From the wax to the wick to the fragrance itself, the average scented candle can release harmful chemicals into the air — even when unlit. So while you and your family enjoy the fragrance of scented candles in your home, they may be damaging your health.
Most candles are made from paraffin, a petroleum byproduct. To create paraffin, petroleum waste is chemically bleached, deodorized and made into wax. When burned, paraffin wax can release toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air including acetone, benzene, and toluene, which are known carcinogens. These are the same chemicals found in diesel fuel emissions and are known to cause allergies, asthma attacks, and skin problems. A study by the University of South Florida showed that candles made of paraffin wax emit low levels of benzene even when they are not lit.
Another problem with scented candles is that the chemicals they use to create a pleasing aroma are generally far from wholesome. Most scented candles use synthetic fragrances and dyes that give off dangerous VOCs even at room temperature. Commonly emitted VOCs related to the scent in candles include formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, limonene, alcohol, and esters. These harmful chemicals can cause health problems ranging from headaches, dizziness and allergy symptoms to asthma attacks, respiratory tract infections, and even cancer.
Aromatherapy Candles use natural plant essences and release a continuous scent into the air. When you breathe in this vapor, it travels into your bloodstream which can result in various health benefits. Essential oils are often used in aromatherapy, which is a form of alternative medicine.
What Are Essential Oils?
Essential oils are compounds extracted from plants. The oils capture the plant's scent and flavor also called its "essence."Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence.
Essential oils are obtained through distillation (via steam and/or water) or mechanical methods, such as cold pressing. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that's ready for use. The way the oils are made is important, as essential oils obtained through chemical processes are not considered true essential oils.
There are more than 90 types of essential oils, each with its own unique smell and potential health benefits.
Here's a list of 10 popular essential oils and the health claims associated with them:
Peppermint: Used to boost energy and help with digestion.
Lavender: Used for stress relief.
Sandalwood: Used to calm nerves and help with focus.
Bergamot: Used to reduce stress and improve skin conditions like eczema.
Rose: Used to improve mood and reduce anxiety.
Chamomile: Used for improving mood and relaxation.
Ylang-Ylang: Used to treat headaches, nausea and skin conditions.
Tea Tree: Used to fight infections and boost immunity.
Jasmine: Used to help with depression, childbirth, and libido.
Lemon: Used to aid digestion, mood, headaches and more.
Aubert & Amandine candles are made with high quality, all-natural ingredients of soy wax and cotton wicks. No petroleum products that you’ll get in less expensive candles. This means your candle burns cleaner and more evenly. No “hollow” candles.
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