I’ve stopped using any scented candles, air fresheners, Febreeze or any other fake scents that I used to use to make my house smell better. I don’t like the fake, chemically, synthetic smells those things emit. I also don’t like to think about all the money I used to waste on those things.
Why switch to a toxin-free air freshener?
One of my favorite blogs for natural living (www.wellnessmama.com) wrote a fantastic post about the dangers of scented candles. Here is one of the first quotes that stood out to me:
“Most candles a made of paraffin wax, which creates a highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
On top of that, many scented candles also have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead, and even in a few hours of burning them, can create levels of airborne heavy metals that are much higher than the acceptable limits. In the US, candle wicks are supposed to be made of cotton or paper, but studies have found that as much as 30% of candles contain heavy metals in the wicks.”
When I found that out, I knew I needed to stop burning scented candles. They don’t smell that good and the fact that they are creating dangerous toxins made my decision a no-brainer.
Scented candles aren’t the only bad news culprits in air fresheners. Check out Febreeze sprays on the Think Dirty app. They all rate a 9 or higher. Yikes! That doesn’t sound like something I want to be spraying in my home. They are highly toxic for developmental and reproductive toxicity.
I am confused as to why these are okay to buy and use in our homes. We aren’t told of the dangers of these chemicals. This is NOT okay.
So, I’ve switched to using a diffuser and essential oils. Why? They smell great. There are soooo many options. They are safe and there are health benefits. You can combine different oils for different smells. Right now I am diffusing Stress Away and Bergamot. It is a slightly sweet, citrusy smell. It is delicious.
What to expect when switching to oils & a diffuser
If your body has been around nothing but toxic fragrances for a long period of time you may go through a “detox” period. This doesn’t happen to everyone and it can be combated. It is something to be aware of though.
If you are getting headaches, nauseau or dizziness, just turn the diffuser off and cut back on the amount of oils you use next time. Best practice when starting out using oils is to go low and slow. Only use a drop or two, rather than 4 or 5. Over time, you can increase the amount if you want.
After starting to use essential oils instead of store-bought chemical air fresheners, you may eventually hate the smell of synthetic fragrances. Your nose will love you for letting it smell real plants. Beware when walking through the cleaning aisle in the grocery store or into Yankee Candle or Bath & Body Works – you may get an instant headache! I know the smells are crazy strong. I never realized it before.
No more toxins and saving money – tell me more!
If you buy a Premium Starter Kit, you get a diffuser and 11 oils. The cost is $160 US or $199.75 CAD. The 11 oil bottles have approximately 880-1,100 drops total. This means that depending on how many drops you put in your diffuser (let’s assume 2) you can get 440-550 diffusing sessions out of just the Premium Starter Kit.
On the four-hour setting, that is 1,760-2,200 hours of diffusing time for just $160 US ($199.75 CAD). In contrast, the 411 gram jar (medium sized) from Yankee Candle averages 65-90 hours of burn time. You would need 27 candles to equal 1,760 hours of burn time. On the Yankee Candle website, their medium jar candles are $25 each. This means you’d have to spend $675 on the Yankee Candles to get the same amount of diffusing time that you get in the Premium Starter Kit.
So, you are saving money and keeping toxins out of your home. It’s a win-win! I think it’s a great reason to switch.