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Is Paraffin Scented Candle Really Harmful to Human Body?

Jun. 04, 2020

As a Scented Candle Manufacturer, share with you. Many times we will see words like this:

"Scented candles made of paraffin are not good, don't buy it, it's harmful to the body"

"Paraffin is a chemical product of petroleum, which is bad for your health"

"Paraffin contains carcinogens and is used to cause cancer"

"There is benzene in paraffin, which can cause cancer"

"The use of paraffin wax scented candles with PM2.5 is equivalent to poisoning yourself"

I believe many people have the same questions as me:

What's so bad about paraffin scented candles?

Are petroleum products so forgiving?

Paraffin contains carcinogens, what exactly is this carcinogen? Really cause cancer?

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Most of the answers on the Internet are rootless and unreasonable rhetoric. Today, we will answer these questions one by one and understand them.

To understand these issues, we need to start with what paraffin is.

1. Where did the paraffin come from?

Paraffin is indeed a product of petroleum processing, but it is not petroleum. After so many processes, are there impurities, carcinogens and other paraffins in crude oil? Please look down

Second, the classification of paraffin

1. What kind of paraffin wax is used to make scented candles?

If paraffin wax is used for scented candles, the food grade paraffin wax in refined paraffin wax (food grade belongs to refined paraffin wax), the general product back label will indicate whether it is refined paraffin wax, such as Yanji candles are clearly marked wax For refined paraffin.

But not every brand manufacturer can use food grade paraffin, which depends on the conscience of the manufacturer.

2. What are the ingredients of food grade paraffin? Is it harmful to the human body?

(1) Melting point

Paraffin is a mixture of hydrocarbons, so it does not have a strict melting point like a pure compound. It is generally divided into different varieties every 2°C, such as 52, 54, 56, 58 and other brands.

According to the requirements of merchants for the melting point of candles, paraffin waxes of different melting points can be selected to make scented candles alone or mixed with other waxes.

(2) Oil content

The order of oil content is as follows: crude paraffin ≥ semi-refined paraffin> fully refined paraffin> food-grade paraffin.

The amount of oil will directly affect the combustion effect. The higher the oil content, the better the combustion effect. This is why many bad businesses will use crude paraffin to make scented candles.

(3) Condensed ring aromatic hydrocarbons

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are already contained in crude oil and cannot be completely removed. This substance is the source of "carcinogenic" speech and is also a substance confused with "benzene".

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