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Essential Oils in Candles, Wax Melts and other Home Fragrance Products

Are Essential Oils better for your health than Synthetic Fragrance Oils?

It is a myth that essential oils are more natural or better for your health than synthetic fragrance oils. Synthetic oils (man-made fragrances) are approved for candle usage just like essential oils are and neither product releases toxic chemicals to humans, otherwise, they would not be compliant with candle safety regulations. A well-made and properly burned candle will burn cleanly and safely regardless of the type of oil used and there are no known health hazards associated with the use of scented candles.

Is it true that Essential Oils are Beneficial for People with Epilepsy?

Whilst in part it is true it isn’t that simple. Many essential oils have anticonvulsant activity and might benefit people with epilepsy. Some of these include Lemongrass, Lavender, Clove, Dill, etc. However, some essential oils have convulsant effects and may trigger seizures in both epileptic and healthy individuals.

The research surrounding this is ongoing and there are still many unknown factors. However, if you have used an essential oil-based product before and found that you and the people in your household have had no adverse reactions to it, then you should be fine to continue using it, so there’s no need to start going around your house manically throwing things out!

Keep in mind that essential oils in candles or wax melt products generally don’t give off the level of exposure you would require to gain the benefits or the side effects from using essential oils in products. Candles, wax melts, diffusers and even room sprays are all limited to the amount of fragrance/essential oil you can use legally in the product. So if you are purchasing an essential oil-based candle to help with epilepsy or seizures, you generally won’t see any benefits, so it really is all about your personal preference.

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Does using Essential Oils in Candles and Wax Melts Boost your Mood and Help you Relax?

Simply put, the claim that an essential oil-based candle, wax melt, diffuser or room spray helps increase your mood is a placebo effect. Candles and wax melts do not give off the level of exposure you would need to gain these benefits and it’s purely just a marketing tool. Similar to that of CBD-infused candles (it’s all a placebo effect). To truly get benefits from essential oils you need to apply them topically (on the skin), inhale or ingest them. Obviously, you cannot do this with candles, wax melts, diffusers or room spray products to the level required to obtain the benefits.

However, burning ANY type of fragrance CAN boost your mood or make you feel better, this isn’t unique to essential oils. There are numerous studies that show burning and smelling your favourite scent can in fact put you in a good mood.

So again, it’s all about your personal preference and what you personally find relaxing. For example, after a long day at work, I love to light my Blackcurrant & Tuberose Scented Soy Wax Candle in the bathroom before getting in the bath as it helps me unwind and destress. For other people, this may be Fresh Linen Candles or Lime Basil & Mandarin Candles, for others it may be an essential oil Lavender-based product, it all depends on your personal preference.

Are Essential Oils Toxic to Pets?

The main reason we don’t use essential oils here at Kerry Bennett Candles is that there are some essential oils that can be toxic to pets, especially cats. Just breathing it in can cause an adverse reaction and as a responsible pet owner myself but also a massive animal lover, it isn’t something I’m willing to risk putting into my home fragrance products.

As humans, we can voice when we don’t feel well or something isn’t right, which is something pets cannot do. The chances of a home fragrance product such as a candle, wax melt, diffuser or room spray adversely affecting your pet are minimal but it’s a risk I am not willing to take personally. As laid out in our Candle Safety Information page on our website, you should familiarise yourself with the kinds of chemicals that are toxic to different kinds of pets and check this against the labels or any products you use around them.

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