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Natural Air Fresheners for the Home

Updated on February 5, 2011

Soy Candles

Chemicals on the Skin, Just As Bad to Breathe In

Being informed as to which chemicals to avoid in your personal care products, and understanding the permeability of the skin is very important. It is just as important to not breathe in these chemicals. Have you ever noticed the powerful aroma when walking down the cleaning isle in the grocery store? This odor called “gassing” is the chemicals escaping through the sealed plastics. It is probably not a bad idea to hold your breath when walking down this isle in the grocery store.

Healthier decisions are being made as many are choosing to live healthier lifestyles. Diet and exercise, being the most popular, and more subtle decisions could be choosing natural skincare products, or natural home cleaners with no synthetic chemicals. These are great signs and show that more of us are becoming informed and taking action to live healthier. We understand that the everyday uses of these products containing nasty ingredients like Triclosan, are absorbed through the skin causing havoc on our immune system. Well just has the exposure of these chemicals through the skin are harmful; breathing them in is just as harmful.

The Air Inside Your Home Could Be More Polluted Than the Air Outside

The air inside our homes is considered more polluted than the air we breathe outside. Homes today are built much more insulated, not allowing the air inside to vent out like in homes built a hundred years ago. We also build homes today with building materials that are loaded with different adhesives and chemicals such as Formaldehyde. Those who are chemically sensitive could be experiencing major health problems simply from the air quality inside the home.

It also appears that Americans are obsessed with having the air in which they occupy smell nice. Statistics show that Americans are expected to spend nearly 2 billion dollars this year alone in air fresheners. Many of the air freshener and candles that are purchased are loaded with synthetic ingredients that can lead to all sorts of health issues for you and your family, such as headaches, fatigue, diarrhea in babies, and depression to name only a few.

A Healthier Solution for Fresher Air in the Home

There are healthier ways to freshen up the air in your home, and that is to avoid using air fresheners whether they are candles, plug-ins, sprays, etc. that contain harmful chemicals. A wonderful alternative would be burning paraffin free candles such as soy candles. Soy candles are made from soybeans which are a very renewable source as opposed to paraffin based candles that are made from a byproduct of gasoline that most likely is manufactured from foreign or domestic oil. Using products that contain soybeans supports the American Farmer. Soy candles burn much cleaner and cooler than paraffin based candles, allowing them to last longer and remain soot free. Not only is soy candles non-toxic for you but the environment as well. Be sure to check the labeling when purchasing your next candle, if it does not say soy wax, it most likely is made from paraffin which will have a darker color than soy wax, as soy wax has a whiter color to it.


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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      aleida_77 love your profile pic. and thanks so much for stopping by and reading this hub on natural air fresheners for the home, I too love using natural products for my self and home. Take care- Rob

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      aleida_77 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I haven't heard of soya candles either but will certainly consider buying some soon. Love natural stuff for home. Excellent hub.

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Darelene thank you so much, I would be honored to add my soaps to your blog, and yes I do agree we do need to support each other, and I thank your so much for introducing to me this wonderful community.

      As far as coconut soap we do not have. All of our soaps are a goats milk base which is extremely good for sensitive skin, I usually recommend our Calendula orange bar or just our plain unscented for those who have very sensitive and dry skin, and the testimonies alone are so rewarding to make us want to just keep on making soaps.

      I will follow up with you via email.

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      Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      Now this is a fact, pure and simple. Those blug in are so toxic and the fire department said they are a large cause of electrical fires in homes. I want to buy some soap for you, do you have cocanut, my skin is so dry. Let me know, I want to get some for friends, and I think we all need to support each other and our projects. You can add your soaps to my blog...write me and I will give you that address. Just place a widget their. Love you my friend, we go way back in time. Ilove this hub, and rate it up, love & peace to you and your family, darski

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      rpalulis 7 years ago from NY

      Pamela99 thanks for commenting I hadn't know much about them either until my family started making them, and then once I started to research it did it make even more sense to me as a healthier choice.

      prairieprincess, if you do decide to try a soy candle in the future be sure to re-visit this hub and let me know what you think of them. Thanks so much for the read and comment.

      Katiem2, Your so kind, thank you so much for the warm complements and we are so glad you are enjoying our products and excited to have you as a repeat customer. I am so glad to have more time now to be joined back in to this wonderful community of friends here on Hubpages.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I never use commercial air fresheners as they are loaded with chemical and who knows what but we certainly don't need to be breathing the stuff.

      I love soy candles and your products are awesome.

      Great advice I highly recommend your purensimple product line. as I have used it and love it. You have an amazing product line there and I will def be shopping there on a regular basis.

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      Sharilee Swaity 7 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is great info. I didn't know about soy candles, either. I love candles, but am worried about them being bad for the air. I will have to keep this in mind as an alternative. thanks ... this was useful for me. Take care.

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      I didn't know about soy candles but will think about purchasing some as that sounds like a great idea as I have asthma. Thanks for the information.