The Truth About Fragrances in Your Home: Wax Scents

We couldn’t find conclusive data on the topic, but we do know that many homeowners across the United States use wax warmers. (I have three in my home.) My favorite time of year to use them is Fall because there is a scent that I just love. It is exactly what you think of as a Fall scent and inspires all the warm, cozy feelings of Fall. But a funny thing happens every single time I plug the warmers in. My face and lips get itchy, I start getting stuffy and I start feeling lightheaded. It took me a while to figure out the correlation, but eventually determined that something in the wax is causing an allergic reaction in my body.

We recently did extensive research on the effects of chemicals on the body and discovered an alarming fact: “fragrance” ingredients in your household and personal care items are “considered among the top five allergens in the world. They can also trigger asthma attacks” according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Not only that, but the Environmental Defence in Canada confirms that “VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in consumer products have the potential to react with other chemicals present in indoor air, resulting in additional harmful substances that can diminish your indoor air quality. For example, terpenes – a common fragrance ingredient found even in green products – can react with ozone. The reaction can result in an increase of formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen.”

So instead of poisoning the air that you and your family breathe, why not try this safe wax recipe this Fall.

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If you’d like to learn more about the research we’ve done about the effects of chemicals, please visit our Research Center.

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