What candles are safe to use around babies?

The stresses of daily life are continuing to take their toll on many of us, so it's little wonder that candles are as popular as ever.

But while lighting your favourite scented delight for some me-time before bed often offers at least temporary relief, many are made from paraffin wax with synthetic fragrance. When burned, paraffin wax, made from petroleum waste, creates toxic benzene and toluene chemicals, both of which are known carcinogens. It means that breathing them in is as bad for your health as second-hand smoke. If you suffer from headaches when a candle is burning, it may well be down to the paraffin.

The risks are particularly high in heavily scented candles made from synthetic fragrance. The release of these chemicals inhaled over time can be very detrimental, especially to an infant's developing lungs, possibly triggering asthma attacks and allergies.

Finding candles that are totally free of nasties can be tricky, especially for use around babies. Marketing material often makes it hard to distinguish what is and isn't natural, a "blend" may mean a mixture of natural and synthetic ingredients. Ensure that it states ‘pure essential oils’, if it references fragrances then it’s definitely synthetic.

For candles that are non-toxic, ensure that the candle is made with an unbleached cotton wicks to ensure a safe, clean burn, and most importantly made from a natural wax such as soy, vegetable or bees wax.

Cradle & Tonic believe in natural ingredients. All our candles are made using PURE essential oils, high quality natural soy wax and unbleached cotton wicks. Safe for mum and baby.