What makes Bath & Body Works Candles Toxic? - The Center of Bliss, LLC

What makes Bath & Body Works Candles Toxic?

Do you always have a candle burning? A wax melter going? Scented hand lotion or perfume? Have you ever stopped to think about what exactly is in those products that make them smell so great?

If you flip your lotion bottle over you will see a list a giant list of unfamiliar words, but we bet there is one word on there you do know and it is actually one of the most harmful—fragrance.

What Is Fragrance

Fragrance is an all-encompassing word used to hide just about anything manufacturers feel like putting in your products without disclosing what it actually is. Which, if you are a label-checker and somewhat conscious shopper, this practice of buying things with “fragrance” is troubling.

There are about 3,100 different chemicals that manufacturers hide under the fragrance label. 20 percent of those were flagged as moderate to high toxicity levels and 25 had the highest hazard rating.

Top 10 Most Hazardous Chemicals Hidden Under the Fragrance Label

  1. Aniline BHA
  2. Cyclohexanone
  3. Dibutyl phthalate
  4. Diethylhexyl phthalate
  5. Hydroquinone
  6. MIBK
  7. Nano titanium dioxide
  8. Nano zinc oxide (20-60nm)
  9. Resorcinol
  10. Sorbitan oleate

This long list of chemicals is great, but what does it actually mean? Well let’s take a look.

What is a Phthalate?

Numbers three and four on that list are Dibutyl phthalate and Diethylhexyl phthalate. Phthalates are hormone disruptors that have been linked to birth defects in boys and a whole host of other issues:

  • Asthma
  • ADHD
  • Breast Cancer
  • Neurodevelopmental Issues
  • Male fertility issues
  • Altered reproductive development

What is Aniline BHA?

BHA is found not just in your moisturize and lipsticks but is also used as a food preservative. BHA not only affects allergies, but is a hormone disruptor that can cause:

  • Liver, thyroid and kidney problems and affecting
  • Disruptions to lung function
  • Blood coagulation
  • Mimic estrogen
  • Inhibit male sex hormones
  • Adverse reproductive effects

A Dangerous Pattern

Researching the rest of the chemicals on this list will continue to paint a bleak picture. Exposure to these chemicals over long periods of time can have some very serious health effects. Worst part? You won’t even know what you are being exposed to since companies are allowed to group toxic chemicals under one simple term, fragrance.

A Fragrance-Free Lifestyle

Eliminating these hidden toxins from your life takes a little bit of adjusting but there are a lot of ways to keep you and your home smelling great without the dangers.

  1. Read labels and opt for fragrance-free products be cautious of “all natural” products, as many still contain fragrances
  2. Seek out unscented soaps, detergents, and lotions
  3. Opt for products made with essential oils
  4. Educate yourself and household on dangers of fragrances

Take one of our upcoming classes at our center to learn how you can switch out a lot of your household products by using essential oils instead!  Visit our Facebook page for recent classes.