Are wax Melts safe? - Dayas Essence

Are wax Melts safe?

Wax isn’t harmful.

We’ve all heard the rumors and read the articles about how paraffin wax can be dangerous. It’s true that paraffin is a by-product of oil, but that doesn’t mean it’s harmful.

Paraffin has been laboratory tested to be safe for use and purpose, and no scientific study has ever collected or analyzed any emissions data on any candle wax, including petroleum-based paraffin, and proved them to be harmful to human health, thats why this type of wax used including soy, is never needed on a CLP, its the fragrance oils that can cause negative reactions.

So why are people worried about paraffin? The answer is simple: they’re confusing paraffin with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are toxic substances found in coal tar (another petroleum by-product). But as we mentioned before, no scientific study has ever collected or analyzed any emissions data on any candle wax.

The bottom line? You can feel confident burning your favourite scented candles and wax melts knowing that they won’t harm you or those around you—and that no studies have ever proven otherwise!

Paraffin wax is a safe and approved product, and has been used in health and beauty products for over 100 years. Paraffin wax is also used in many other household items like candles, crayons and lip balm.

Paraffin wax is made from petroleum, which is a naturally occurring substance found in the ground. This makes it a renewable resource that can be reused over and over again.

The paraffin used to make health and beauty products comes from a plant called crude oil. Crude oil is a mixture of many different chemicals including hydrocarbons such as methane (natural gas), propane and butane.

These chemicals are separated out during processing so they can be used individually or combined with other chemicals to make different types of oil.

One of these types of oil is called paraffin wax which can then be used in health and beauty products such as lip balms, lotions, and paraffin is approved for use on skin because it’s non-toxic when applied. When lab tested the results showed “there are no known adverse effects associated with its use.

 Fragrance oils are a crucial part of the candle-making & wax melt process.

In fact, scented candles and wax melts are often one of the biggest selling points for customers. However, fragrances can be tricky to work with, so it’s important to understand which ones are safe for candle usage and what you need to do to ensure that your candles comply with regulations.

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) has approved all fragrances for candle usage if they’re synthesized or natural. IFRA has also developed classes for each fragrance that tell you at what percentage you can use them in candles, melts, soaps, and cosmetics.

Each class tells how much of a particular oil can be used in a product before it could cause any harm to humans or animals.


Safety IS important, are wax melts safe?

Its a mixed yes and no.

Wax melts are safe because they don't create soot, and they are flame-free.
But it all depends on the fragrance or essential oils thats used in the melt!

All fragrances contain a combination of essential oils and aroma chemicals. Some people are more sensitive to certain chemicals than others, wax melts containing essential oils or fragrance oils must meet CLP regulations (classification, labeling & packaging).

This means that ANY percentage could trigger hazards such as cancer chemicals (carcinogens), chemicals that could harm an unborn baby (teratogens), or cause mutation issues (mutagens) or toxic when inhaled. So its crucial the safety data sheets from which belongs to particular scents must be recalculated from the 100% neat oil form to the desired percentage that the candle or wax melt maker is to use, to show if the fragrance oil was to trigger a nasty health hazard, you’ll see this as a chesty man pictogram if a hazard was triggered for human health

99% of candles and melts don't hit this trigger - but if a none compliant maker doesnt know this, how would any one ever know, thats why CLP is super important.

We thoroughly check all of our products, ingredients and practices to ensure we are adhering the upmost safety guidelines.

So yes wax melts could be unsafe.


While it’s true that our Daya’s Essence wax melts use 3 times more oil than most of our competitors, we want you to know that there is absolutely no health risk or fire hazard associated with this. How can that be?

It’s simple. The flashpoint of the oil (AKA the temperature at which it will ignite) is higher than what would be reached when melting a wax melt, we used various ingredients to prevent our melts from being saturated, greasy or wet to touch.

So while you might see scary news articles in the press regarding wax melt fires, those are almost always due to individual carelessness—like over-heating the tealight burners using more than one candle in the burner, stacking tealights, not having the burner on heatproof surfaces, having the burner near drafts, the list goes on.

When used correctly, your Daya’s Essence wax melts will provide you with great-smelling fragrances for your home without the risk of fire.

Its recommended to use a wax tealight burner with a height of 10cm from the base of the warmer to the dish above, on a heat-proof surface and only use unscented 4 hour tealight candles, the warmer shouldn’t be within an enclosed space either.

There are many fragrance families out there, but you may have found that some of them trigger a cough or a headache. 

First, it’s important to know that it’s not the wax itself that causes the reaction—it’s the scent! All fragrances contain a combination of essential oils and aroma chemicals. Some people are more sensitive to certain chemicals than others, so it’s important to investigate which ones affect you.

(These chemicals can be named differently, but these are the widely common names found on alot of scented wax melts and candles and any other fragrant product):
Citral – Citrus scent
Limonene – Citrus scent
Linalool – Floral scent
Geraniol – Rose and citrus scent
Eugenol – Cinnamon, clove scent
Test fragrances that contains these chemicals write a diary of your reactions, by finding out the chemicals from the CLP, you can avoid them scents when you’ve experimented.

We want to reassure you, that we have taken every precaution to ensure the safety of our customers, and only use fragrances that contain the least possible sensitizers, some of our scents do contain a small number of sensitizers as this is the makeup of the oil to produce the scent, you will find this with other companies

(CLP information is available upon request.)

You can read more about this in our other article Scents and Sensitivities.

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