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Candle Ingredients To Avoid

Which candle ingredients to avoid

Knowing which candle ingredients to avoid can be a headache. Many homeowners are blissfully unaware that there is no obligation in the home fragrance industry to reveal the ingredients products. Aside from stating any potential allergens, which is law. When purchasing a natural candle, diffuser, room spray, wax melt, or any other home ‘smells’ product, it is likely that you won’t know what’s in it.This is incredibly frustrating and it leads to people filling their home with products that may be unknowingly harmful to them.

So, to help any homeowners who love purchasing natural products that smell undeniably amazing, our team here at Twoodle Co have put together some information that you may find very interesting and incredibly eye-opening when shopping for smells. With the right knowledge of two specific ingredients to avoid when purchasing home fragrance products, you can ensure that you’re not putting anyone in your household, including your four-legged friends, in danger.


The first candle ingredient to avoid is petrochemicals. These are a large group of chemicals that are derived from petroleum or natural gas. Whilst they are, strictly speaking, ‘natural’, they aren’t really the right type of natural you want in the fragrance products you’re going to have in your house.

Lots of research has been done into petrochemicals and there is a lot of information available to read surrounding how bad these chemicals can be for you. Simply put, you should avoid them.


The second candle ingredient to avoid is polymers, these are many chemicals called monomers that are linked together. Whilst polymers aren’t necessarily toxic to humans, the monomer they contain can be and when they’re manipulated, such as heated, these polymers can be harmful.

Again, there is a lot of information about polymers available to read and if you’d like to look into the different monomers that make up polymers, please feel free to do so. It is likely that you will agree that polymers aren’t an ingredient you will want in your home fragrance products.

Our top tip – always read the bottom label

When purchasing smells for your home, it can be easy to focus on what the products look and smell like. However it goes without saying, you should check what is inside the product too. So, our top tip is to always read the bottom label of the product.

As mentioned above, the current law states that companies should clearly state any chemical components, both natural and synthetic, that could cause an allergic reaction. Before purchasing any smells, you should check they aren’t either a petrochemical or a polymer.

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Additional things to take into consideration

There are a few other things that you may want to know when shopping natural candles for your home. Here are three other important things we think that everyone should know;

Not all brands know what is in the wax they use

Unfortunately many brands buy in the wax that they use and it isn’t uncommon for them not to know what is in this wax. You may hear of the cosmetic brand who’s vegan products were independently tested and found to contact beeswax. Soy wax also isn’t as ‘eco friendly’ or ‘clean-burning’ as everyone assumes either, so try to avoid this.

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Not all oils even exist in nature

From the name of a scent alone, you will be able to tell if it is synthetic or not. There are lots of flowers and fruits that don’t produce essential oil, meaning they can’t be natural. For example, some common candle scents, such as fig, mango, blackberry, pear, peony, pomegranate and rhubarb, are impossible to extract naturally, so it is safe to assume they will be synthetic.

Not all expensive oils will be real

Often, brands use nature identical oils, which are a group of synthetic fragrances, to perfectly replicate the natural equivalent they’re claiming to use. When purchasing premium-priced products made with expensive oils such as Sandalwood and Oud, it is likely they will be made with nature identical oils.

Feel confident you know which candle ingredients to avoid

Hopefully, the information above will be beneficial when you’re shopping for smells. You can ensure that you know all the candle ingredients to avoid. To save yourself the hassle of reading labels and researching ingredients, simply turn to Twoodle Co for your home fragrance products. You can trust that we will always avoid anything harmful. Everything we sell is 100% natural, so you can purchase from us in confidence. Find out more about our products over on our website today.

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