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Are scented candles safe around my Reptiles?

I've seen a lot of posts in other groups about what candles/wax warmers are "safe" to use around reptiles. While I've seen the claim that scentsy is "safe", I thought it might be good to address this. Reptiles are very sensitive to scents and some scents are known to be harmful to their airways and can be fatal. The use of essential oils has increased and people don't usually think to check if they're safe. In addition to that the ingredients they use in the candles, from the wax to the wicks to the scents, all are suspect. I personally don't use them pretty much at all because i cannot guarantee they're safe and the risk is not worth it to me. After doing a quick search here are some articles I found that call into question the claim of them being safe. Many are written about using them around birds but apply to reptiles as well. If they're not safe around birds, they're not safe around reptiles either. Also, some things are safer for dogs and cats but not for birds and reptiles. Read a few articles and decide for yourself whether you will use them at all, and certainly whether you will use them near your geckos. Note that many of these articles talk about scentsy specifically...if scentsy is "safer" than others and still has these questions, I wouldn't trust the others either... Also keep in mind that just because someone has used something around reptiles without observing any ill effects doesn't mean they are safe. -- --From the Scentsy website: "According to bird veterinarians, breeders, and resellers, any scented product can cause illness or fatalities in birds." --"In researching Scentsy’s bar wax, their website says “Scentsy bar wax fragrance contain extremely low levels of non-harmful diethyl phthalate (DEP)…”

Even at very low levels, DEP is a known danger to human development and reproduction, can cause allergies, immunotoxicity and is a known endocrine disruptor." -- Hope this helps!

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