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Last Updated: 4th Oct 2022

Is paraffin wax toxic?

Paraffin wax has fallen out of favor due to the release of toxic fumes from burning. A 2009 study by South Carolina State University revealed that paraffin wax candles can emit harmful fumes (toluene, benzene), which are linked to lung cancer and asthma.



Is candle wax harmful to the human body?

Although candle wax is not poisonous, if swallowed in large quantities it can cause obstruction of the intestines. If the candle wax has been touched, it can cause a rash, blistering, swelling, tearing, or reddening of the eyes.

Is paraffin wax also a carcinogen? Paraffin wax is a waxy component derived from petroleum. Toluene, benzene, and other toxic chemicals are known to be released from candles made from this substance. [1] Toluene (cancer-causing agent) and benzene have been identified as carcinogens.

Paraffin wax is also non-toxic.

Paraffin wax, a natural product, has the following properties: Nontoxic - paraffin wax does not contain poisonous substances. Paraffin wax is non-reactive, meaning it did not react or respond to certain stimuli during lab tests.

What candles are safe for your safety?

Keep Your Home Safe with Nontoxic, Healthy Candles. Soy candles and beeswax candles are the best candles for your home. Candles with wicks made of braided cotton, paper or cellulose (the purpose for an acorea in the wick is to keep it from overheating and causing it to burn)