Did you know that 7 out of 10 households in the United States burn candles? That may not be much of a surprise, considering that the candle industry is pretty big in the US, with sales of over $2.3 billion per year and climbing. We Americans love our candles — whether they’re votive, scented, or decorative, it’s not uncommon these days to walk into someone’s house and find a candle or two (or ten) adorning a table or brightening a dark corner of their living room.
Many people, including myself 5 years back, did not know what regular candles are made from. They are made from paraffin wax, which is made from petroleum, which is refined to produce diesel fuel. When you light those candles, you are breathing these toxins that are known to cause health hazards to humans! Those black rings you see on your candles during and after you burn them is what is in the air. Some people even say the black soot from paraffin candles stains their walls!