Candles – A flame burning one’s wellbeing?

The Global scented candles market size was estimated at USD 556.0 million in 2022 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1% from 2023 to 2030.

The Europe scented candles market is expected to register a CAGR of 4.3% from 2023 to 2030. The UK scented candles industry was valued at USD 24.1 million in 2020.

The German scented candles market was valued at USD 35.3 million in 2022. Due to the cold climate, candles are always in demand.

The Asia Pacific scented candles market is expected to register a CAGR of 4.9% from 2023 to 2030.

Are Scented Candles Toxic?

Burning candles releases trace quantities of toluene and benzene. We commonly use toluene in paint thinners and adhesives. Without proper ventilation, toluene exposure can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and skin. It can also cause headaches, dizziness, confusion, and anxiety.

Burning candles releases volatile organic compounds and particulate matter into the air.

Particulate matter is a mixture of extremely small liquid droplets and particles that can enter your lungs. There’s concern that extended exposure to particulate matter can lead to heart and lung problems.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are carbon compounds that easily turn into a gas at room temperature. Some VOCs naturally occur in flowers to produce a sweet aroma. Other VOCs, like formaldehyde and benzine, are potentially cancer-causing.

Some of the chemicals used in the manufacture of scented candles and reed diffusers, include petrochemical solvents (acetaldehyde, ethylene oxide) are known to be carcinogens, hormone disrupting, and many are regarded as toxic or hazardous under US Federal law.

Scented container-based candles are quite popular as they are used in restaurants as well as for home décor.  Soothing scents are preferred by millennials hoping to create a relaxing ambiance and maintain a positive mindset.

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