Did you know that fragrant candles now make up over 75% of all candles sold. The fragrance of your candle is one of the most defining characteristic your candle has, it may be in a gorgeous glass container hand wrapped in soft tissue encased in a luxurious box but if the scent does not make the grade then it may well have stayed on the shelf back at the store!
The word perfume is derived from the Latin word, “per fumus” and means “through smoke” (incense)? we could discuss for hours olfactory science and the fascinating connections between smell and memory, smell and emotion, and even the fact that human beings can discriminate among more than a trillion different smells, yep, a trillion (Science Magazine)
(Courtesy, The National Candle Association):
“Candle fragrance materials may be derived from essential oils or from synthetic aroma chemicals.”
The safety of scented candles is backed by years of research, fragrance testing and a history of safe use. Although there are no known health hazards associated with the use of scented candles, unfounded concerns about the safety of man-made fragrances vs. “natural” fragrance materials and essential oils continue to pepper the popular media and Internet.
Natural fragrances or essential oils are not necessarily safer than man-made ones. Indeed many “natural” substances (e.g., hemlock or monkshood) are extremely toxic to humans. In addition, man-made or nature-identical fragrances can offer the additional benefit of uniformity and the elimination of unwanted contaminants. Approximately 75% of fragrance materials used in the world are man-made.”
In fact probably of more concern from a safety aspect is the actual wax that the candles are made from. 100% natural vegetable wax made from soy, rape or coconut oils are far away cleaner to burn and have no known carcinogens and other pollutants that are associated with paraffin derived waxes which do often produce black soot deposits on soft furnishings and walls and do produce harmful toxins when burnt.
Choose candles from reputable suppliers and that carry the full safety labeling that is required by law! Known as CLP labels!