It's a pleasure to come home, light a candle, and effortlessly create a warm, relaxing and welcoming environment to get away and unwind. However, one of the greatest hidden risks of candles are the chemical components that invade the air when they burn, and that in most cases are of unknown origin. In fact, many candles do not even indicate the list of ingredients that compose it ... so how can we know if our favorites are healthy or toxic?Many conditions associated with the daily use of candles in closed spaces have been identified and, surprisingly, not all are respiratory. From asthma to headaches to dry eyes and even raising the risk of cancer, the Environmental Protection Agency's list shows that the smoke derived from paraffin candles contains more than 20 dangerous chemicals. In the worst cases, manufacturers have been identified who also add lead to wicks so that they burn out more slowly. To reduce the risk of toxicity, first of all, we advise a moderate use of this type of product, avoiding lighting multiple candles in a small space. We also propose to frequently cut the wick, so that it “burns clean” and no black residue is generated in the container. In addition to responsible practices, we must prioritize the search for a quality product, even if it means a greater financial investment for us. It is essential to choose candles of natural origin, being wary of products that do not identify their formulation or origin, and that have an excessively low price since this is usually indicative of the synthetic origin of their ingredients. Candles made from beeswax or soy wax are the traditional non-toxic candles par excellence, unlike paraffin candles which are petroleum products. As for the wick, it is preferable that it be made of organic cotton.If we are what we eat… we are also what we breathe, and for this reason we want to promote the consumption of natural and quality products in all areas. In conclusion, although we love the idea of lighting a candle to relax, this will only be considered a wellness experience to the extent that we bet on natural and non-toxic products.