While enjoying an occasional candlelit dinner is unlikely to do you any harm, if you light paraffin candles every day you could be exposing yourself to dangerous toxins that can cause problems such as asthma. Taking regular candlelit baths in a badly ventilated bathroom, for example, could be damaging to your health.
So what's the alternative? “A natural plant wax is a far superior wax to burn and lasts much, much longer,” says Sharon. “Soya wax candles are naturally biodegradable, non-toxic and do not emit soot – so no carcinogens are released into the air, unlike with petroleum candles.”
Natural wax candles can last two or three times longer than paraffin candles – so although they are more expensive to buy, in the long run they can represent better value. And, as many brands of natural wax candles are also scented using pure essential oils rather than synthetic perfumes, they frequently offer a superior fragrance.