Are Candles Safe for Dogs and Cats?

Are Candles Safe for Dogs and Cats? - Haze Fragrance Studio

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If you're a pet owner, you may wonder whether candles are safe for your furry friends. While they can create a lovely ambience and relaxation during special occasions or daily routines, it's important to prioritize pet safety. Some types of candles may pose risks to dogs and cats, so taking necessary precautions is a must. This article will explore the potential hazards of candles for pets and offer tips for ensuring their safety in your home.

So, Are Candles Safe for Dogs and Cats?

Although it's essential to keep candles, particularly lit ones, away from your furry friend's reach, they are not a severe health hazard to them. In fact, some candles can even be beneficial by eliminating unpleasant pet odors and offering additional benefits such as aromatherapy and relaxation. So, there's no need to worry too much about the potential dangers of candles to your furry companion as long as you take the necessary precautions.

Avoid Parrafin Wax Candles

Paraffin wax is a common ingredient used in some scented candles. However, this type of wax is derived from petroleum and can release harmful chemicals into the air when burned, which may pose potential health risks to humans and pets. Using candles made from safer ingredients like soy wax and coconut wax that do not contain toxic pollutants is essential. These types of candles typically burn for longer than paraffin candles and are a safer alternative. 

Here at Haze Fragrance, we use a 100% natural coconut-soy blend to make all our candles. We also ensure the fragrance oils we use are phthalate and paraben free to ensure a safe and enjoyable scent experience for you and your furry friends.


midnight jasmine scented candle - Haze Fragrance


Watch Out for Some Essential Oils

“Natural” doesn’t always mean safe. Some essential oils are extremely toxic to pets and have the potential to cause allergic reactions in humans. These oils include cinnamon, pine, peppermint, citrus, peppermint, etc.  Depending on the concentration of the oil, your pets may show symptoms such as a watery nose or eyes, vomiting, coughing, difficulty breathing, low heart rate, and low body temperature. Please avoid using them directly on your pets and choose pet-friendly essential oils to use with your diffusers. 

Candle Safety and Scent Options

While some scented products should be avoided for your pet’s health, at Haze Fragrance, we make non-toxic candles with a blend of coconut and soy wax that is vegan and burns clean – it produces little to no airborne particulates. Plus, all our fragrances are made with pet-friendly oils to ensure that you can enjoy them at home with your furry friends! 

In case you are worried that a highly fragranced candle might cause discomfort to your furry friend's sensitive nose, consider burning it in a well-ventilated area to prevent any potential irritation to your pet's eyes and nose. Our candle safety practice suggests always keeping an eye on an open flame and extinguishing the candle whenever you leave the room to prevent your pet from knocking it over and starting a fire. 

If you're searching for a way to add delightful aromas to your living space without risking a fire, we offer an extensive selection of reed diffuser scents that emit a variety of pleasing fragrances. A reed diffuser is a liquid-based air freshener that uses reeds to absorb and disperse the scent into the air, creating a welcoming and pleasant atmosphere. With an assortment of energizing and comforting fragrances, our reed diffuser oils provide a range of delectable scents to mask pet odors and fill your home with uplifting notes of your favorite aromatic ingredients.

Juicy Pear Scented Reed Diffuser - Haze Fragrance


If you enjoy lighting candles or using scented oils to give your home a pleasant fragrance, there's no need to worry about harming your furry friend's health as long as you take the necessary safety measures. By opting for a Haze Fragrance candle or reed diffuser, you can rest assured that our ingredients are non-toxic and do not contain lead, paraben, phthalates, or synthetic dyes, making your home smell wonderful without posing any risks to your pet's well-being.