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When I found out the terrifying truth about candles, I vowed to never buy another one again. This is so disappointing!
I wasn’t surprised when I found out the candle industry generates more than $2 billion in sales every year.
A professor at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science partnered with the BBC Two series “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor” to measure levels of “volatile organic chemicals” making their way through six houses for five days.
The chemical they found the most of was limonene, a substance used to give products that iconic citrus smell. The homes that used the most scented candles and cleaning products also had the highest levels of the potentially dangerous chemical.
Although limonene itself isn’t particularly dangerous, it becomes life-threatening when it’s released into the air and creates formaldehyde when it reacts with the ozone. Yes, the same formaldehyde used in embalming.
Thankfully, researchers say you can control the amount of limonene in the air by using less scented products and choosing fragrance-free cleaning agents instead.
You can also go to 7 Candles That Won’t Give You Cancer or Make Your Kids Sick.