Scented Candles.... Are they bad for you?...

@nanciem (1106)
United States
August 1, 2008 10:45am CST
I love scented candles, however when they burn they leave a horrible black film/soot residue on my ceilings. Is it the kind of candles I am using? I just wonder if that black "soot" is attaching to my ceilings... is it also attaching to our lungs? Has anyone had the black soot "thing" happen when burning scented candles?
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@petiksmode (2986)
• Philippines
1 Aug 08
that is not happening to me as well...i use scented candle a lot everyday...but i dont have the same pro as yours..maybe you would like to chek in the brand of scented candles that you are using.. i am using natural scneted candles...and it doesnt immits black smoke it doesnt even stained my walls or glasses...hope you will firgure it out...
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
1 Aug 08
really? shoot, now I think there is a difference in the wax? I have see some that are Soy what is the difference.. would you or anyone know? I typically buy Yankee, I love the Watermelon scent.. I don't want to give up my candles!
• Philippines
1 Aug 08
and you may also check this one out..black smoke is caused by poor combustion and sometimes it is cause by poor wick performance i mean maybe the wick is too long or too big.. i fyou dont want to give up your cnadle check the wick first..choose the one that dont have too long wicks and not too large..
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
1 Aug 08
Oh.. I was not aware of that.. TY for the advice.. I'll chack that out also, it's just very weird.! Thanks!
@hezoid (2150)
8 Aug 08
If you are having problems with paraffin wax candles being too smokey and sooty why not try soy wax candles? They are a little more pricey but worth it. They burn so much cleaner with a lot less smoke, they also burn for longer too and i think they give a better scent trhow than paraffin wax candles. If the cost is too much for you then you could try a blend of the two types of wax (para-soy).
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Hiya! I never heard of the para-soy.. I just want the nice scent and NO MESS! Ugh I don't know why they are doing this. I have read a few posts with great suggestions... I am wondering if maybe I should change brand of candles.. what do you use.. if you don't mind me asking :)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Soy candles don't leave the soot debris. Change candles. I sell candles too. Nicole is an awesome sales lady. Also, veggie candles don't have the soot. Some people can't take certain scents...but all in all .....I don't think candles are all that bad for you. There are also tarts that you can melt by candle or low wattage bulb. Something to look into. carole
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Hi mytwo! What are veggie candles?... I mean they smell like veggies.. or they are made with vegetables? LOL sorry never heard of them before! Thanks!
• United States
2 Aug 08
I love scented candles too. I actually sell candles and make my own soy wax tarts that you use in the tart warmers. You should not be seeing black film or soot residue on your ceilings. Yankee candles are of pretty good quality so I do not think it is the candle itself. Do you trim the wick? It is very important to trim the wick to 1/4" to prevent soot build up. You should also burn the candle for four hours or less at a time. Soy wax is a cleaner burning wax. You can also purchase a Candle Capper for jar candles. The Candle Capper's reduce the black film/ soot residue. I hope this helps you out a little. I would love to share my line of candles with any of you. If you are interested, add me to your friends list and I will happily send you my website link.
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
2 Aug 08
Hi Candleovinmom! I do trim the wick, never knew why but they tell you to do so... I did LOL The candle cappers seem like a great idea.. do you sell these as well? I actually burn them sometimes more than 4 hours, sometimes less it varies. I will add you so I can have the link! Thanks again!
@EZhang (165)
• Singapore
1 Aug 08
do you know that the smoke from candles and incense sticks carry our wishes to the gods? I blindly believed in that and light scented incense sticks every night when I go to bed. The ironic part? I am asthamtic and sometimes, my breathing suffered because of the scented incense stick that emits the smoke, in which I inhale in when I sleep. That really kills me, especially when I wake up wheezing like as if I am having a heart attack. But still, I like the wonderful scent it emits when it burns... As for scented candles, I don't know how scented they are supposed to be. I used to like scented candles, but I can't really detect the scent at all while it's burning. But my scented candles and incense sticks doesn't leave any residue on my ceiling though. Did you place the candle too high up, near the ceiling? Maybe you could try using scented incense sticks instead as I personally felt they don't emit much soot at all.
@nanciem (1106)
• United States
1 Aug 08
I guess everyone reacts differently, I did have the scented inscense sticks, and cones... for some reason they irritated my nostrils. When I do burn the candles, they are not placed unusually high, just on the table or kitchen counter... maybe something else could be causing the soot? But it only happens when I burn my candles.. UGh I am confused LOL