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Caution on Fragrance Filled Candles for Asthmatics

Sarah Mackay, of wellness company Time to Thrive is cautioning consumers about the effect some perfumed candles can have on sufferers and is calling for consumers to get educated.

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – WEBWIRE

The time has come for Australian consumers to get educated about ingredients bought into the home

According to Asthma Australia 1 in 10 Australians have asthma – around 2.3 million and this number is on the rise. Perfumes in particular are called non-allergic irritant triggers and can induce asthma attacks according to the Australian Lung Foundation. Many Australians have a sensitivity to fragrances and respiratory irritants, a fact backed by the Asthma Foundation who state that inhaled chemicals can contribute to asthmatic conditions.

A serious crisis in November that filled hospitals and ended in fatal consequences for many bought on by extreme weather conditions called for the first official public announcement Asthma health warning. The federal government is introducing new Asthma drug Nucala onto the PBS list in January 2017 in an attempt to assist with the quiet yet deadly breathing deficit. This culmination of information is a caution call for consumers buying candles, says Sarah. 

Sarah insists that currently there are no labelling laws in Australia for scented candles, which means a product can look high end, safe, friendly and eco savvy when in actual fact that amazing scent is a chemical concoction, not ideal for an eco friendly home the designer says. The topic is one close to her heart with her youngest son suffering from Asthma. Sarah questions the practise of burning potentially harmful or unsafe products in our homes around family and pets and dislikes the wide scale use of chemicals in our society and the impact these have on our land, waterways and ecosystem. 

A typical fragrance or perfume is made with up to 350 different man made chemicals says Sarah, whose passion for wellness and health lead to create a range of non-toxic aromatherapy candles and Yoga clothing that envelopes a sustainable and healthy core without perfume or irritants. Sarah encourages all consumers to ask the question from the store you are purchasing from as to the ingredients inside the product they are buying and to be aware of the impact it may have.

According to Asthma Australia there are a variety of things people can be doing to lower the irritants in the home; for more information go to

About Sarah Mackay 

Sarah uses her love of human connection and background in exhibition curation and fashion industry sales as the foundation for her business model, however it is the love of wellbeing and health that drives the Australian Designer on. From volunteering with Greenpeace Headquarters in Amsterdam to a bachelor degree in Psychology as well as fine arts, working with troubled youth and vulnerable children, this powerhouse is an inspiring example of motivation in action. The success has been hard won and learned. When asked what advice Sarah would give people thinking about launching an online business, she says “You need a little bit of bravery, but you really need to do your research, source your product wisely and with integrity.”
To find out more about Sarah go to Time to Thrive  or visit the Time to Thrive Facebook page 

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