- What It’s Used In: Candles, Cosmetics, Polishes, Waterproofing and Sealing
- Problems Caused: Creates Carcinogenic Chemicals
You might not know the name very well, but you’ve likely used something that contained paraffin. Some might know it best as “kerosene.” It’s known for being a wax that’s also flammable. This makes it perfect for candles. Yet it’s also used to waterproof products. You might also see it used in cosmetics and polishes too. The issue is that paraffin creates toxic, carcinogenic chemicals when it’s burned. The toxins released when paraffin is used are equal to those found in diesel fuel. Which themselves are linked to asthma and lung cancer, thus linking paraffin to the same issues.