It is very important that you need to know about my finds for the best scented Christmas candles. You would have never thought about the dangers from lighting them. I don’t mean the fire hazards. It is something else. Just continue reading. . .
It’s the time of the year when people are loving the smell of candles. They smell so good that you want to eat it. I love the vanilla smell. Their fragrance is very soothing and excellent for overcoming the stress that holiday brings.
A few years ago, I was enjoying the sweet smell of one of my own candles. One cold December day, I was lighting one with a mulberry fragrance in my kitchen for several hours.
Just before the midday, I was wondering why the inside of my drinking cup had this black coating. Then I happened to touch my nose and I noticed my fingertips had a black smear.
So I threw away my drinking cup. I got another one and I made sure that it was totally clean inside. After 20 minutes, I checked my cup and I found that black coating again inside.
I guessed that it could possibly be from the soot― but the direction of the soot was going up to the ceiling. If it went up, then how did my cup get that black coating? So after all these years, it’s still mystery to me, and I’ve been wondering what had happened and where that black coating came from.
I just found something very interesting today while I was searching about the benefits of burning these lights at home.
Candles are made from paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is a by-product of petroleum. When you burn it, it releases toxins. These toxins are like fumes that came out from your car. And we know, fumes are dangerous to your lungs.
This solves the mystery of that black coating in my drinking cup and also in my nose. So that day my kitchen was filled with the paraffin soot and I was breathing those toxic fumes. Ugh.
But we still love the sweet smell of candles, right? They give our home that very inviting and cozy feeling, and they set that holiday mood that we enjoy.
Does this mean we can’t enjoy them anymore? Of course not!
Thankfully, there are alternatives. And we just need to be smart because these other options do find their way to the store shelves.
Well, when you buy them, remember check the labels.
Do you know what to look for? See, if the label specifies that they are made from soy wax, vegetable wax, or bees wax. They are the non-toxic ones to light at home. Make sure that it does not contain anything that says “blend” because it could contain paraffin. And don’t believe a label that says “wax from natural source.” Manufacturers can be very sneaky in their products’ description so that they can market them with profits.
Also, make sure that the label mentions that the wick is lead free.
If you have one at home right now, peel the wick apart. If you see metal or a wire, don’t light it.
If you haven’t burned the wick yet, you can rub the wick into a clean piece of paper. If you see a gray mark on the paper, like a pencil, that means the wick has lead in it. Don’t use it.
To prolong the life of your light, trim the wick after each burn. Leave about 1/8 of an inch above the wax.
So, be safe and be responsible in lighting them.
The items in my list below are lead-free, paraffin-free and are made from soy; and also, one of them is from a vegetable wax source. And of course, they have also essential oils for fragrances that are very beneficial for you while celebrating the holiday season.
My selections aren’t dollar store value, but you will have peace of mind. When the wax is made of soy― it burns cleaner and longer.
Here are my top sweet smelling choices for your heart-warming holiday lights. . .
LA JOLIE MUSE Scented Apple Cinnamon Aromatherapy Christmas Candles
As you spend the holiday, you will love the sweet smelling of apple and cinnamon from this light made with 100% soy wax.
You will enjoy the burn time of 55-65 hours.
Cinnamon health benefits:
. . . When you smell the cinnamon’s sweet aroma, it stimulates the activity of your brain. It helps in making you sharper and more alert.
. . . It may also help in preventing Alzheimers.
Eucalyptus Spearmint Scented Christmas Stress Relief Candles
This soothing light is made by a reputable company―Bath and Body Works.
It is made with vegetable wax and has a burning time of 25 to 45 hours.
You will enjoy the nice cooling fragrance of eucalyptus and spearmint that fills your room as you relax after a long day.
Eucalyptus health benefits:
. . . It is a powerful decongestant.
. . . It reduces the swelling and irritation in the respiratory tract.
Personally, I find eucalyptus oil is very relaxing when I am in a stressful situation. I love the cool feeling when I sniff the oil. A few drops of itl added to your bath is relaxing too.
Caitlins Home Aromatherapy Eucalyptus Soy Wax Candle
This is another candle with a eucalyptus and spearmint combination, but made with a soy-based wax.
Depending on your usage, this 3-wick light burns on an average of 35-45 hours.
Eucalyptus health benefit:
. . . The cooling effect of the oils helps to reduce anxiety and promote an inner calm. It’s great to light when you are too busy and anxious during this holiday.
Pine Tree Scented Soy-Based Candles for Christmas
This lead-free light is from the Madison Valley Company, whose products have been featured in QVC and The Today Show.
As you enjoy the holiday season, you will love the nostalgic fragrance of fresh cut pine boughs from this soy-based wax. It gives you the feeling of being in a woodsy space and makes you feel less stressed.
It has a burn time of 140 hours.
Pine health benefits:
. . . The aroma of pine tree lifts your spirit up by activating the brain’s mood and alertness.
. . . But it relaxes your frazzled nerves and calms the muscle tension. This is very handy for the holiday time.
Happy Holidays Scented Christmas Candles
This soy-based light comes in a set of 3 jars: Christmas Tree, Candy Cane, and Gingerbread.
During this holiday season, you will be thrilled to experience the aroma from the fragrant essential oils of each jar; and it burns up to 25-30 hours.
Do you love giving hand-crafted gifts? This is a great choice for you. This product is handmade with best fragrance oils and produced by Old Factory company.
I love giving sweet-smelling handmade gifts, so this is a great gift idea to give away for the holidays.