Candle Ingredients You Should Never (Ever) Inhale

A simple pleasure in life is coming home from work after a stressful day and lighting a candle with scents that make you feel calm and relaxed. Nothing quite evokes feelings of peace and wellbeing like the gentle flicker of a luxury candle flame and the scent of warm, sweet fragrances filling your home.

However, toxic candles found in most all conventional stores will contribute to air pollution inside your home and will put those you love in contact with chemicals they should never be near to. Thinking about a seemingly harmless candle (despite it’s eye catching branding) releasing carcinogenic soot into your home is anything but relaxing.

There has been a great amount of studies over the years on the health effects of burning candles. From the wax to the wick to the fragrance, it has been proven that most standard candles emit a variety of potentially toxic chemicals.

Candles containing toxic components can accumulate pollutants in a confined space, contaminating the air inside your home with particulates that can enter your lungs. When it is in contact with ozone in the air, it forms harmful secondary pollutants like formaldehyde. These chemicals may have a detrimental impact on human health and the environment's air quality.


How Toxic Are Your Candles?

Following your nose isn't enough. There are a few harmful ingredients in candles, which fill your home with toxic chemicals and might affect your health if you inhale for a prolonged period of time.

You might think that these chemicals don't make their way into your bloodstream. Think again. Inhaling scent allows the toxins in the air to enter your lungs and straight to your bloodstream.

Your sigh is frequently heard. Yes, it is discouraging. So often, we spend so much time and energy trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle, keep fit, and eliminate toxins from our homes and bodies, only to discover that something as seemingly harmless as a pretty candle is actually harmful to us.

It's still not too late. Take a look at these candle ingredients to avoid.


Particulate Matter

The process of burning and producing smoke in the air releases particulate matter into the air that can be hazardous and compromise air quality. Candles are no exception.

Depending on what type of candle it is, its particulate matter content may vary.


Lead Wicks

One of the greatest concerns about scented candles on most store shelves is the presence of lead in some wicks. Traditionally, lead was used in candle wicks to ensure that the wick remained upright as it burned. Thankfully, most candle manufacturers have removed lead from their wicks following the discovery of lead's health hazards, although some continue to use it. Opt for a cotton wick that’s free of any other synthetic materials.


Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

Volatile organic compounds are accountable for the characteristic scent of candles. You may wonder what is VOC? VOCs are chemical compounds that contain hazardous compounds such as formaldehyde and acetaldehyde. Candles emit a variety of organic compounds into the atmosphere, which results in airborne levels of VOCs that exceed acceptable levels.

VOCs can have varying effects on health depending on their concentration in the environment and the level of exposure. In mild cases, these chemicals can cause irritation and allergic reactions, while in severe cases, they can cause injury to vital organs, including the liver, kidney, and central nervous system.


Synthetic Fragrances/Dyes.

There are thousands of chemicals present in candles that have not been tested for safety. Formaldehyde and petroleum distillates are just a few of the substances that can lead to headaches, dizziness, allergies, and asthma attacks.

It's time for some good news. It is possible to enjoy the aroma and ambiance of candles without putting your health at risk? Absolutely! You can enjoy the wonderful scents of an oceanfront dreamscape or a buttercream dream in your home without compromising your health at The Worthington Collection


The Worthington Collection

Founded by a working mom, our luxury, clean candles at The Worthington Collection are proudly crafted in the USA. Our handcrafted odor eliminating designs are made with high-quality, non-toxic ingredients such as apricot and coconut waxes.

No harmful ingredients here! We strive to create cruelty-free, hand-poured luxury candles that are free of heavy metals and toxins such as phthalates, parabens, toxins, and sulfates. Every aspect, from the wax to the wick to the fragrance is 100% clean.


They’re not only safe to breathe but they’re odor-eliminating.

Say goodbye to mustiness, household odors, pet odors, and smoke odors. Our team at The Worthington Collection offers candles of the highest quality that will eliminate odors so thoroughly you’ll call it magic. With our candles, you can now invite your guests over without having to deodorize each room to eradicate that distinctive odor you can’t find the source of.

Trust us, these scent warriors are going to transform your space.

Unsure which to choose? Here are some of the best luxury candles that eliminate odors such as Sense of Opulence, Timeless Elegance, BeSpoke, and Oceanfront Dreamscape. We guarantee that our candles smell as good as they look.



Cotton Wicks

We are proud to mention that cotton wicks at The Worthington Collection are hand-cut, free of toxins and synthetic materials. The candles are all the same size and expertly placed to offer a smooth and gentle burn featuring 3 cotton wicks for optimal scent throw. Here is a little trick for the best results when it comes to our candles; trim wicks ¼ inch before each burn and see the results yourself.


Clean Burn

The sooty residue is a thing of the past; say hello to a clean-burning candle! Developed by renowned master perfumers, our exclusive fragrances contain both natural and synthetic ingredients. In accordance with IFRA guidelines and global safety standards, we conduct rigorous safety testing and never use phthalates or parabens in our fragrances. Our products are vegan, cruelty-free, and free of ingredients like bisphenol A(BPA), parabens, formaldehyde, formaldehyde-releasing chemicals.

With The Worthington Collection luxury candles, you can now opt for healthier alternatives and breathe easier in your home knowing they are gentler on you, your family, and the environment.

Ready to be swept up into dream (candle) land? Grab our candles today, light them up, and sit back.