Women’s Health: Are Candles Bad for You and Can They Harm Your Health?

Candles are calming, smell great, create ambience, and always score as a favorite house-warming gift. But you may have heard that they can also spew toxic, cancer-causing chemicals into the air. These rumors may leave you wondering, Are candles bad for you or the environment?

Don’t panic. There’s no need to throw away your luxe stash. While candles do release vapors and particles into the air while burning, you should not be concerned about any negative impact on your health, says Pamela Dalton, PhD, a lead researcher in odor perception and irritation at Monell Chemical Senses Center.

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