Danes and Candles: A bitter-sweet relationship

Candles might not be the first thing people should blindly add to their shopping carts.

By Sally Farhat


Photo by Lauren Gee

Stores, cafes, homes, and any other location one can think off have one thing in common: candles.

Candles make up a major part of the Danish lifestyle. The natural heat and light provided by the former has made it a must-have for all Danes.

“When you think about hygge, you definitely think about candles,” said Mark De Vos Dalhoum, architect, furniture designer, and salesman at Nova Furniture.

But, according to a research conducted by the University of South California, paraffin-based candles’ fumes releases chemicals that are somehow as bad as cigarettes to people’s health. These toxic chemicals include phenol, trichloroethane, xylene, cresol, acetone, and chlorobenzene.

Photo by Sally Farhat

Some health effects include headaches, respiratory problems, asthma, and allergic reactions.

While it might be impossible for Danes to get rid of candles, Body and Soul provides some solutions to the suggested problem such as choosing beeswax candles, wicks made only of cotton, and non-scented candles.