Scented Candles

vanilla-scented

I am among the estimated 30% of (North) Americans who have a sensitivity to scents. You might call it a scentsitivity.

http://www.everydayhealth.com/allergies/fragrance-sensitivity.aspx

“If you sneeze every time you get a whiff of perfume or room deodorizer, you may be one of millions of people with a fragrance sensitivity.”

Yep, that’s me. Sneezing is my personal early warning sign. Others, especially those with asthma, may experience breathing problems.

Recently a colleague was standing among bags of battery-operated candles and asked if I’d like to use them for an upcoming gathering. I said: Thank you. But within minutes returned to say, “No thanks. I’m already sneezing from standing here talking with you for a few minutes.”

They’re pretty and the vanilla scent pleases 70% of the people, I guess.

What drives me crazy is that scented candles emit their little irritants even if not lit, and a person feels pretty grinchy to complain about candles at Christmas.

If you’d like non-toxic scents (and make 30% of your friends happy and healthier), read this blog entry.

Excerpt: Conventional perfumes just smell so … toxic. And that’s because they are! They’re made up of synthetic chemicals, fixatives and solvents. When we wear them, not only are we inhaling this chemical cocktail, but it’s also being absorbed into our blood stream via our skin. Hardly the glamorous luxury product its made out to be.

The writer gave up most of her scented products when she was diagnosed with cancer.

I am pretty sure that the vanilla in scented candles is NOT from a vanilla bean or an essentialoil.

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