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Pet Safety & Scented Candles – What you need to know

Scented candles and home fragrance products are a popular way to create a pleasant atmosphere at home. However, when it comes to your furry friends, we know how important they are and it’s essential to consider their safety. Here’s what you need to know.

Scented Candles

When choosing a scented candle, opt for a more natural wax such as plant/vegetable, soy or beeswax, as these have fewer impurities and won’t bother your pet’s respiratory system. And make sure you burn your candles in rooms with good ventilation.

Just as humans can be sensitive to strong fragrances, pets can be too. Some scents can trigger allergies or discomfort in animals. If you notice signs of distress in your pet, consider using unscented candles or those with milder fragrances. As for which scents your pets are more likely to be okay with, there generally isn’t a rule here. Cats are not fans of citrus scents, but otherwise, just as it is with people, cats and dogs can all have their own scent preferences too, so it’s a bit of trial and error.

Coast Candles are deliberately made with a lower ratio of fragrance to wax, as I believe that the scent should be just enough to enjoy without being overwhelmingly strong or be a source of irritation.

It’s also important to remember standard safety practices, such as flame safety. Pets can be curious and may be drawn to the open flame of a candle. This can lead to accidents and injuries. Keep candles out of their reach or use pet-proof candle holders to minimise the risk. Be careful of hot wax too – spilled hot wax can burn your pet’s paws or skin. Ensure candles are placed on stable surfaces where they can’t be easily knocked over.

Other Home Fragrance Products

Electric plug-in diffusers are convenient but can be harmful if your pet chews on them or knocks them over. Place them in areas inaccessible to your pets and opt for models with protective covers.

Reed diffusers contain a base oil and fragrance, and the same rules apply here, as they do for scented candles. It’s trial and error, be aware of any noticeable changes when you introduce a new scent and ensure you keep diffusers on a stable surface to avoid being knocked over – be sure to clean up any spillages quickly and keep your pets away from the area.

Room sprays can be inhaled by your pets, potentially causing respiratory issues. If you use them, ensure your pet is in a well-ventilated area and wait for the room to air out before letting them back in.

At Coast Candle Co., we use a base oil in our reed diffusers and rooms sprays which is from a renewable source, is non-toxic with low odour and is not classed as a VOC (volatile organic compound), compared to other base oils on the market.

Potpourri and scented oils can be tempting for pets to play with or ingest, posing ingestion risks. Keep them out of reach and in areas that are pet-free.

In conclusion, as with anything in life, practice common sense and take care with product placement. As a rule, cats are often more sensitive than dogs are, but it very much depends on the scent, the delivery method, and the individual pet in question. If you can, opt for pet-friendly, natural alternatives, keeping products out of their reach, and be aware of their reactions. By practicing these simple steps, you can enjoy a fragrant and safe home while keeping your beloved pets out of harm’s way.

And just to show my confidence in our products, here’s a gallery of our fur-baby family, who are exposed to Coast Candle Co. products on a daily basis!

with love janis