The reasons why I quit candles

How do candles make you feel, Snuggly? Warm?

I used to be OBSESSED with candles. 

I had them in every room. 

Used them daily! 

Those feelings you experience when burning candles are usually linked to those smells. The limbic system (the emotional center of your brain) is strongly linked to scent. Scents are connected to memories good + bad, so when we smell them it can bring back those same feelings that are imprinted on your limbic system. 

When I smell apple pie, it immediately brings me to my childhood, because my mom used to make it all the time.

Unfortunately, synthetic fragrance trigger my migraines...almost immediately. So candles became a big no no for me. 

The reality is that the air fresheners and candles people buy are full of toxins that are as harmful or more harmful than smoking a cigarette. Even the cleaning products we use are full of chemicals that might not be on the label but end up off-gassing into the air or onto our skin. 

  • I used to buy scented candles.
  • I used to have a bottle of scented toxins that I sprayed our furniture with. 
  • I used to have a can of scented toxins that I used as air freshener.
  • I used to get scented laundry detergent--the kind that would keep our clothes scented for weeks

--I thought that was a GOOD thing. I just didn't know better! So, believe me when I say that I've got ZERO judgement here, mkay? 

Now that we've gotten rid of as many of the chemical-filled products in our house (we switched out our household cleaner, dish soap, hand soap, hand purifier, laundry detergent, shampoo/conditioner, body soap, toothpaste, lotion, makeup, skin care, & deodorant), to all-natural essential oil infused products, I get an instant headache whenever I walk through the grocery store past the cleaning supply and laundry section.

 My nose and brain used to deal with that every.single.day so my body was used to it. Think about how exposing our bodies to those chemicals every day affects us long term!!!

Check out 7 Reasons I ditched candles, here.