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Essential Oils and Pets

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Are candles safe to use around my pets?

Much like humans are attracted to the sweet aromas of scented candles, it’ll come as no surprise that our household pets may be too. Dogs and cats have an incredible sense of smell and may be enticed by the appetising fragrances of delicious-smelling candles you have throughout your home.

Whilst candles don’t pose a significant health risk to cats and dogs, it’s certainly good practice to keep candles, especially lit ones, out of reach of your furry companion, particularly if you have an energetic puppy or contrary kitten bouncing around the home.

What are the risks when using candles and air fresheners?

While the scents used in Langtree Botanics scented candles and aroma truffle wax melts are not harmful to pets, some other scented candles and air fresheners, such as plug-ins and aerosol types, may contain irritating or harmful ingredients.

Some of these products may release synthetic fragrances that aggravate existing respiratory illnesses like asthma in people and pets or harmful toxins, such as naphthalene or phthalates. There have been cases in which phthalates released from some burning candles were suspected to have caused endocrine system disruption, leading to other serious diseases, such as diabetes and cancer.

Some candles contain paraffin, a petroleum-based wax. Burning paraffin can release carcinogens, agitating respiratory and heart problems.