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    Soy candles?
    sgbl88 posted:
    I absolutely love the glow of candles. However, many of you know that I have rather trigger happy asthma. The small amount of smoke from a candle does trigger my asthma (for the last two years I have only tired unscented/fragrance free candles).

    I am wondering if any of you have tried soy candles. I have heard and read that they are supposed to be smoke free. What is your experience with them? Should I try to find an unscented/fragrance free one to try? Or, should I opt for the fake battery operated ones that are not quite as visually satisfying?

    Salt lamps are rather pretty though and might work as well. hmmmm.... Just another random thought.

    Thank you for your ideas.

    Aqua14 responded:
    Sonya, I hear you -- candles used to really bother me, too, even the unscented ones, and ultimately I decided to forget about even trying them. I guess if I were in your shoes I would opt for the fake electric ones just to avoid the asthma hassle.

    I did want to share with you that as my allergy shots improved my asthma, my sensitivity to candles has decreased to the point that I can now tolerate even scented candles. So you might find that as you get closer to the 3 - 5 year mark for your shots, you might be able to have the "real McCoy."

    Hope this helps. Take care. Judy
    sgbl88 replied to Aqua14's response:
    Thank you for the hope for the future.

    I really love the warm glow of a candle, especially when it turns colder. We have a rack that fits in the fire place for candles. We tried to lite those last Christmas during our blizzard. We thought that maybe being in the fireplace would keep the smoke away enough, but not so. I didn't even realize what was making me cough until me mom pointed it out. I may ask for the fake candles for Christmas.

    abbymay16 replied to sgbl88's response:
    I agree with Judy in that once your asthma is better controlled the small amount of smoke from a candle is likely not to be as big an issue.

    I have some of the soy candles (they were gifts) but I find they produce just as much smoke as a regular candle-but they don't seem to be as fragrant especially when they are lit, so maybe that would help?

    I was given one of the salt type lamps by a friend....I love the look and such a pretty warm light..HOWEVER I noticed every time I turned the darn thing on it triggered the asthma cough. Eventually it ended up in the garage in the donate pile...I hated to give it away as it was soo soo pretty...but something about it being turned on was a BIG asthma trigger. I seem to remember reading somewhere they actually ionize the air which was the likely issue.

    I have gone to using the fake candles...not quite the same but at least the appearance of candle light.

    Good luck,

    Vive Bene, Spesso L'Amore, Di Risata Molto (live well, love much, laugh often)
    sgbl88 replied to abbymay16's response:
    Thank you very much, Mattie.

    I will stay away for the soy candles then. I had even thought of making my own fragrance free ones, but if they put off the same amount of smoke, there would be no point.

    I will look into the salt lamps more. There is a store where my parents live that sells them. I will research the ionization issue as that is a problem for me as well. I was thinking that I do very well near the ocean or Gulf with the salty air.

    I am feeling a bit perky today. The best I have felt in about 4 weeks. I was cleared to get my allergy shot a little later today as well.

    Have a blessed day.

    MommaCollins replied to abbymay16's response:
    Hi Mattie,

    I have a quick question about the soy candles that you were given as gifts, and you likely don't still have them around to tell; but were they 100% soy or were they soy blends?

    I am only asking because with a 100% soy candle you shouldn't get the smoke, but if it is a blend you will because at least part of the candle will be paraffin (a petroleum based product) which is what causes the smoke. Because paraffin is a carcinogen is a said to be a contributor to causing asthma not just triggering it.

    Finding 100% soy candles for sale in general retail locations is no easy feat. Most are blends from what I have been able to find. If you plan to make your own fragrance free ever, I would do a good deal of research on the supplier to make sure that the wax is indeed 100% natural soy.

    Hope that helps!!

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