Why You Should Ditch Candles + Air Fresheners

Hey, friend! Today I’m sharing why we ditched candles and what we replaced them with. “Candles are so cozy though, I just can’t live without them especially in the fall!” Don’t worry I have a solution that will completely replace all the things we love about candles + give you added health benefits. Say what?! Here is Why You Should Ditch Candles + Air Fresheners

Why You Should Ditch Candles + Air Fresheners

Why You Should Ditch Candles + Air Fresheners

Here are the main reasons we ditched candles and air fresheners + replaced them with essential oils.

  1. candles are full of synthetic fragrance + chemicals
  2. oils not only completely replace the heavenly smells of candles but also support your body in many ways

Many candles and air fresheners contain phthalates (pronounced thal-ates)—hazardous chemicals known to cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects, and reproductive problems. NRDC’s independent testing of 14 common air fresheners, none of which listed phthalates as an ingredient, uncovered these chemicals in 86 percent (12 of 14) of the products tested, including those advertised as “all-natural” or “unscented.”

The chemicals below were found in at least one of the 14 air fresheners NRDC tested. 

  • Di-ethyl Phthalate (DEP): Has been associated with changes in hormone levels and genital development in humans.
  • Di-n-butyl Phthalate (DBP): Is recognized as a reproductive toxicant by the National Toxicology Program and the State of California, and can lead to changes in genital development.
  • Di-isobutyl Phthalate (DIBP): DIBP metabolites have been associated with changes in male genital development.
  • Di-methyl Phthalate (DMP): Inconclusive evidence has shown reproductive toxicity in animal studies.
  • Di-isohexyl Phthalate (DIHP): Limited toxicity testing has shown that DIHP is probably a developmental and reproductive toxicant.
  • Source: https://www.nrdc.org/sites/default/files/fairfresheners.pdf

Say No

Our bodies and brains aren’t designed to take on synthetic crap all the time but are designed to process plant-based materials. Fragrances act like drugs to our bodies. They enter into our bodies and mess with various hormone levels and neurotransmitters in order to produce change. 20 minutes is the average time it takes for bloodstream chemicals to influence a person. Fragrances can affect you almost immediately⁣.

⁣⁣Oils to the Rescue

Unlike candles, a diffuser disperses essential oils without heating or burning, which can render the oil therapeutically less beneficial and even create toxic compounds. Research shows that cold-air diffusing certain oils may:⁣⁣

  • Reduce airborne threats and unpleasant odors⁣⁣
  • Relax the body, relieve tension, & clear the mind⁣⁣
  • Improve concentration, alertness, & mental clarity⁣⁣
  • Stimulate neurotransmitters⁣⁣
  • Stimulate secretion of endorphins⁣⁣
  • +more


Okay cool, now what?


click to shop some of our favorite diffusers on my Amazon storefront


Here is a list of the essential oil companies we love and use daily. They are all great quality and have testing results available, gotta love transparency!



  • click here to shop
  • use code TOREYNOORAFREE to get $40 back and a big bonus box
  • I recommend doing the monthly recipe box, it’s only $39 and you get 4 oils + 6 recipes each month
  • you can also just go on and order single products if you’d like



    • click here to shop
    • Plant Therapy is a crowd favorite, I love their transparency and all the kids options.
    • I recommend this kit

TerraFuseâ„¢ Cream Diffuser and Top 6 Orga…


Thanks for reading today!

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My challenge for you is to look up all the ingredients in the candles and air fresheners you use. Toss the ones with toxic chemicals today!

x, T


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  1. I have been reading a lot about this lately. I have been switching regular candles out for soy candles since essential oils can be toxic to animals (which we have!)

  2. Little by little I’ve been switching out my candles for YL oils. I wish they weren’t quite so expensive because I would definitely invest in them more often. But they tend to disappear much faster than a candle!

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