Scented Candles Can Be Bad For Your Health—Here Are Some Safer Alternatives

It’s the holiday season and for many, that means houses full of all kinds of delicious smells. That can mean everything from fresh-baked pies to candles that just smell like fresh-baked pies. Scented candles are still pretty popular, but more and more people are getting turned off of them thanks to the high level of toxins that many of them contain. Burning candles indoors can actually cause air pollution within your home. Some companies even use metals like lead in their wicks—not something you want to burn and then inhale. The good news is that there are some alternatives to candles that will still leave your home smelling great. Here’s a look at some cleaner, safer substitutes.

Essential Oils

Essential oils make a great alternative to candles for many reasons. First off, they smell amazing!  Whereas burning candles releases toxins into the air, when you diffuse essential oils, you’re promoting good mental and physical health and you’re eliminating other odors in the air. You can choose essential oils based on what you’re trying to accomplish. Want to destress?  There’s an oil for that. Need help falling asleep?  They’ve got you covered. Or, if you’re just looking to add some delicious scents in your home before your guests arrive, you can find options for that, too.

Homemade Potpourri

Making a homemade potpourri is an excellent way to safely add some delicious scents inside your home without creating a bunch of toxins to go along with it. It’s as easy as simmering some key ingredients on your stove and enjoying the smell. You can add everything from cinnamon sticks to orange peel. You can also find more recipes online that you’ll ever be able to make, so search and experiment to your heart’s content.

Natural Beeswax Candles

Maybe you’re the kind of person that just cannot fathom going through the winter season without burning a candle of some sort. That’s OK, too, because we’ve saved one last candle option for our final recommendation. Buy some candles that are promoted as 100% beeswax and you can rest assured knowing that you’re not releasing any nasty chemicals into the air (as long as the wicks are also made from 100% cotton). You can find plenty of options, but if you’re a do-it-your-selfer you can also find plenty of tutorials for making your own.