Not Your Mom’s Candles

January 11, 2011

Back in October I did a bit of research on conventional candles, and learned that they aren’t so great for the environment. Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct, which is a non-renewable resource, the wicks sometimes contain lead which is released into the environment when burned, and the fumes from candles release various greenhouse gases and lung irritants. Great. But the good news is, you don’t have to give up candles altogether. There are more environmentally friendly versions, such as those made from beeswax, palm wax, a vegetable base, or soy.

I have tried a few of these “alternative” candles, and would like to review what I have used thus far:

  • Palm Creations Candle in Warm Rain & Mountain Harvest – This candle is made from 100% palm wax, which is a naturally cleaner-burning wax. The palm wax is harvested from coconuts, (without harming the palm trees), which makes it a renewable resource. The candle does not release soot when burned, and burns longer than paraffin wax candles. It burned evenly down, without leaving any wax on the sides, or having the wick drown in the center (I hate when that happens!). The candle is cool looking, because palm wax almost looks crystallized. They are scented with pure essential oils, and this flavor is yummy! Smells like being at the beach.
  • Soy Fabulous Candle in Gardenia – Their candles are made with 100% pure soy. They are dye free, and do not contain any additives. They are scented with essential and fragrant oils. Their soy is harvested from American soy farmers, and their candles are made in the US. Soy Fabulous works to minimize waste. Their decanters are 100% recyclable, and the label on the candle reads: “Soy contains Vitamin E and antioxidants that provide hydrating properties. Once the soy liquefies, dip your finger or applicator into the soy and use it as a rich moisturizer on your skin, leaving hands, feet, cuticles and elbows feeling luxuriously soft”. Gotta love a multi-purpose candle! Not to mention the gardenia smells divine. My only complaint is this candle seemed to burn down pretty quick. Not sure if that’s a characteristic of soy candles?
  • Pacifica Candle in Avalon Juniper – Pacifica’s soy candles are made from a vegetable soy wax. They are scented with essential and natural oils (from plants), and their wicks are made from lead-free cotton. They do not contain any phthalates. This candle burned longer than the soy candle by Soy Fabulous. The Avalon Juniper fragrance smelled so good! It is a blend of juniper, grapefruit, and heliotrope. In fact, it is so popular that it is currently out of stock. But don’t worry, they have plenty of delicious flavors to choose from.
  • thĕr’э-Pē Organics Candle in Indian Chai – The company is Therepe Organics, which I assume is their play on therapy? But it’s written all funny. I did my best there, but that backwards e is actually supposed to be upside down. Anywho, their candles are made from soy wax. They are scented with pure essential oils and botanical extracts. The wicks are made from lead-free cotton. They are vegan, cruelty free, made in the USA, and the box is recyclable. The candle claims to have a 60 hour burn time. I’m not sure if it burned for 60 hours, but it did smell delicious on the way down! The Indian Chai was a great fragrance for the holiday season. I would definitely buy this one again.

For more information on these candles, visit their respective websites. Unfortunately, the website for Palm Creations Candles by Nature’s Finest, doesn’t appear to not be around anymore. (www.naturesfinestcandles.com) (www.soyfabulous.com) (www.pacificaperfume.com/soy-candles) (www.therepeorganics.com)

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