I had an experience the other day with what I had thought were All Natural Candles. The advertisement for these candles was that they were all natural, pure and contained Essential oils.
When I received my candles, I was so excited that I opened the package quickly to smell my new treasures…Then to my disappointment, my nose began to burn and my throat felt tight, like it was closing. And I immediately began to get a headache.
What was happening?
Long story shortened; These All Natural Beeswax “Blend” candles were made with some beeswax, some essential oils along with some very frightening chemicals!
When I called the company, they explained that our wonderful, Food and Drug Administration, mandates that these chemicals be added to any candle with essential oils, to control the risk of spontaneous combustion of the essential oils! As it turns out; the only reason that these candles were labeled and I could get any information in the first place, is because they are sold internationally and most countries outside the USA require toxic ingredient labeling. That is correct. The USA, demands these ingredients be added to the product even though they are known allergy triggers and possible endocrine disrupters and then does not require labeling to warn unsuspecting consumers. While countries not controlled by the FDA do not require the toxic ingredients be added, and if they are, must be labeled.
So, when I looked up the two “mandatory” chemicals (and trust me, I was very angry while doing this research…because really? The Food And Drug Administration which is supposed to care about the health of America? Ha.)
I went to the EWG skin deep website where they rate thousands of consumer products for toxic levels and then rate them on with this hazard key.
Hazard score key:
The first of the two toxic chemicals is called: LILIAL it is rated a 7 on Toxicity scale.
About LILIAL: Lilial (butylphenyl methylpropanal) is a synthetic scent ingredient; associated with allergies and contact dermatitis.
Other conerns: Persistence and bioaccumulation. Organ system toxictiy (non-reproductive) Edocrine disruption.
Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; MASKING
Synonym(s): BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, BUTYLPHENYL METHLYPROPIONAL; BUTYPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL; LILYAL; PROTECTOL PP
The second chemical is: LINALOOL rated a 5
About LINALOOL: Linalool is a terpene.
Function(s): Fragrance Ingredient; DEODORANT; MASKING
Synonym(s): 1,6-OCTADIEN-3-OL, 3,7-DIMETHYL-; 1,6OCTADIEN3OL, 3,7DIMETHYL; 2,6-DIMETHYL- 2,7-OCTADIEN-6-OL; 2,6-DIMETHYL-2,7-OCTADIEN-6-OL; 2,7-OCTADIEN-6-OL, 2,6-DIMETHYL-; 3,7-DIMETHYL- 1,6-OCTADIEN-3-OL; 3,7-DIMETHYL-1,6-OCTADIEN-3-OL; 3,7-DIMETHYL-1,6-OCTADIENE-3-OL ; LINALOOL ESSENTIAL OIL; LINALYL ALCOHOL; 2,6-DIMETHYLOCTA-2,7-DIEN-6-OL
Concerns: Cancer; Developmental & Reproductive toxicity and Allergies & Immunotoxicity
So, needless to say, the candles went back from whence they came.
But I love Candles! So I did find some wonderful Unscented 100% Beeswax candles to burn in our home, which I also currently have for sale at The Outpost Mercantile. Stop on by and check out our selection.
May God Bless America!