Nothing sets the Valentine’s Day mood more than the soft glow of a candle—so don’t ruin the experience with candles than can gunk up your home with indoor air pollutants.

Traditional paraffin wax candles can damage indoor air quality and make you sick by emitting particulate matter into the air. When the night winds down, the soot that comes from blowing out traditional candles can discolor walls and get caught in ventilation systems, meaning they’re going to stick around for a while. Be sure to also check your candle’s wick. Environmental Protection Agency studies on the effect candles can have on indoor air quality cite metal-core wicks as a serious source of indoor pollution.

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Pacifica's Bourbon Island Vanilla soy candle features essential oils of clove, sweet orange and black pepper. Photo Courtesy Pacifica Candles.

When setting the mood this Valentine’s Day, opt for soy candles and beeswax candles. They have fewer toxins and release much less soot, making them a more eco-friendly option that paraffin wax candles. Breathe easily with soy candles from Pacifica and Er’go and beeswax candles from Candle Bee Farm. Choose fun designs for a more personal touch!

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