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The Great Debate: Scented Candles – To Use Them or Not?

People have the tendency to disagree on almost any topic possible. Perhaps it is in our nature to seek to view a subject from several different perspectives (usually two main ones), and the topic about scented candles and aromatherapy didn’t dodge that bullet too. As most disagreements go, some people state that this type of therapy is beneficial, while others claim that scented candles and aren’t the best idea. Let’s investigate!


First of all, it is important to make a distinction between the different types of wax candles. There are three main forms: paraffin, beeswax and soy. When most people argue against the use of candles, they point to paraffin candles as the problem. This is not far from the truth as these can be a problem for many because they release toxins into the air when burnt. Luckily, there are two alternatives which have proven to be eco-friendly and not damaging at all. Contrary to paraffin ones, beeswax and soy candles burn more slowly than paraffin made ones, they are not toxic at all and are made of natural products.

Second, let’s go through some of the benefits using scented candles can offer. Scented candles are made for aromatic therapeutic purposes and are used for simple home relaxation sessions or by professionals in spas, holistic medical offices and more. People who trust this process and use scented candles claim that they see this type of therapy as a chance to gain energy, relieve stress, enhance concentration and manage pain. Granted, not everyone can handle all kinds of aromas and smells, and there are a number of people that find them distracting and in some cases they even make them feel sick. Again, out of all people, there are always certain individuals that simply don’t agree with the rest.

People who argue against the use of candles got one thing right though. These can be a possible risk for curious children and pets. We are all well aware that children explore their surroundings and that includes playing with candles as well. Fortunately, there are ways to keep kids and animals away from harm and still use scented candles for relaxation. In order to achieve that first you need to be careful where you place the candles, and second, you can make sure you always use special containers that can keep candles away from kids’ reach and still provide the same awesome benefits.