The Environmental Protective Agency found in a study conducted in 2001, that candles with lead-core wicks contribute to the airborne lead in the atmosphere which is detrimental to the ozone layer. Additionally, paraffin, which is the most common substance used to create candles, is not biodegradable. Lucky for us, there are a host of candles created with alternative materials such as stearin, soy, beeswax, and coconut oil: each are naturally derived, biodegradable. Here, our favorite environmentally friendly candles you need for your space.
Soy candles are made from the oil of soybeans and tend to be a bit more expensive than your average non-environmentally friendly candle because of their high quality and longevity. These are two of our favourite 100% soy based candles that smell totally dreamy.
Coconut oil is becoming more and more popular to use for candle wax, thanks to its environmental credentials. This Aussie based company creates the loveliest candles made almost entirely out of coconut oil – they have a wide range of scents, but this one is by far our favourite.
Beeswax is the most precious, and therefore expensive, material used to make eco-friendly candles. It is hard to find 100% beeswax candles for this reason, but lots of expensive and luxury candles include the stuff. We’re big fans as beeswax has a natural and delicate scent and a long burning time. These long lasting and gorgeous smelling candles would make the perfect gift for a special occasion.
Next time you’re in the market for a new candle, make sure you check the label for environmentally friendly ingredients. There is nothing better than enjoying a gorgeous candle – all while knowing that you’re doing your part to help the Earth.
Story by Emma Trimbur