A more natural ear plug

Written by: on Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Quies Boules Wax Ear Plugs

Made from pure wax...nothing more!

I wear ear plugs every single night (thanks to a guy who snores—loudly!). But it wasn’t until just recently—and by happenstance—that I discovered the foam ear plugs I have been wearing daily for almost 15 years contain…get this…formaldehyde. (Formaldehyde has been declared a known carcinogen by the state of California.) And even more disturbing: NO WHERE on the label do these foam ear plugs—found in any drugstore or on line—say they contain this substance. (It’s used as a preservative in the foam.) And most foam (mattresses, pillows, etc) contain this potentially cancer-causing substance as well, so buyer beware.

So I searched around and found these natural French Boules pure wax ear plugs from Quies ($6.62 for 8; earplugstore.com). All they contain is biodegradable, hypoallergenic wax, which is obviously a natural component of the ear canal. The feeling takes some getting used to—but it’s worth it!