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How to Choose the Best Candle

How to Choose the Best Candle

Once humans figured out how to tame fire, it wasn’t long before the creation of the candle, however crude it might have been. For literally thousands of years, candles have been a part of our life and growth as a civilization. But some candles are better than others. Follow us as we take a closer look at the history of candle safety in the U.S.

You might say the notion that some candles are “bad” for you  stems from toxic ingredients in the wick. Around 1974, the United States Consumer Safety Protection Commission began looking into possible hazards related to burning lead-infused candle wicks. You might be wondering, “There’s lead in my candle wicks? But why?” While there’s zero lead in EG’s candles, it was once a common ingredient in other brands used to stiffen candles wicks. However, in the later part of the 1970s, the National Candle Association (NCA) decided to stop using lead in candle wicks. Today, it very unlikely that you will encounter a lead-infused candle, but the NCA acknowledges that it’s not impossible, as some imported candles may contain lead.

So, how toxic is a lead-wick candle? It’s been found that even small amounts of the substance can be poisonous, particularly to little ones. While that’s disconcerting, there is a way to safeguard your home from the potential health pitfalls of candles: buy all-natural candles! At Edens Garden, every single one ofour candles is handmade using natural ingredients. A mix of sustainable coconut wax, essential oils and nontoxic ribbon wick are the sole ingredients that make up our beautiful (and beautifully aromatic) candles.

If for some reason you’d like to know if your non-EG candles have lead in them, the NCA has an easytest you can do at home. Simply take a plain piece of paper and rub it against the tip of an  unburned wick. If the wick leaves a gray mark on the paper, then you can be assured that it contains lead. If that happens to be the case for one (or more) of your candles, toss them out.

Health concerns over artificial fragrances is yet another worry that candle-lovers have had to contend with. While studies have been inconclusive (as there isn’t a government entity responsible for this health concern as of yet), there is one way to navigate around the issue altogether, and the answer will likely sound familiar: buy all-natural candles, like those sold by us here at EG.

As we address whether candles are bad for you or not, it seems obvious (but imperative) to discuss candle-burning safety. There are three simple rules to follow if you’d like to enjoy the benefits of your candle without having to call upon a fire extinguisher: (1) Never leave a burning candle unattended (2) Never burn a candle on or near anything that might catch fire (3) Keep candles out of reach of children and pets.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll come across a candle that’s actively bad for you in the year 2019, the only way to truly be sure is by choosing ones that are made with all-natural ingredients. We at Edens Garden have long been committed to such candles. Try ourCinnamon Sweet Orange,French Lavender Sage orTobacco Patchouli candles to enjoy a refreshing aroma that’s entirely natural.


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