This winter is flying by for me, but it also has been pretty chilly! I love to have a good candle set out to bring a little extra warm and glow to the dark evenings. They always make things feel homey and welcoming for people, especially on Friday night when we are winding down from a crazy week. Recently, I became aware of the harmful affects of parabin wax candles and so I have been on the look out for candles that let off better fumes. All those scents go straight into the brain from our smellers, so it is important to find something that our body recognizes. They can be a little pricey but it is definitely worth the investment!
I thought I would share 3 types of wax candles that are parabin-free, non-toxic, and clean burning! The first two I found at the original Yankee Candle store in western Massachusetts, and so they might be harder to find for some. I just want to give you an idea of the different types of wax that you can look for!
This first one I was pretty excited to find! I am always on the look out for different natural waxes and this one was new. Bayberry wax comes from the fruit coat on a bayberry, which is boiled down until the coating floats to the top of the boiling water. It is skimmed off and then purified by remelting and filtering it. Bayberries, also known as wax myrtle, waxberry, or candle berry, grow on either a tree or shrub. The plant grows in several places along the east coast near the seashore. Pretty neat if you ask me. You can even make some yourself! I bought these dipped candles to have set out on the dining table during a special dinner. I figured that the simple scent wouldn't deter anyone from eating. :)
This one you might know more about. Anytime you go to a historic museum or site, they have candle presentations made with beeswax. They are also easier to find in stores. You can find them at Target or on Etsy. I found this one at Yankee Candle and my parent's gifted it to me for my birthday! Can't wait to burn it. The scent is a gentle sweet smell. I would love to know more about whether or not you can get beeswax at a bee farm or not and make them from scratch!
This one has also become a lot more popular these days. I think you can even find the wax in Michael's to make your own. This particular candle is the only one in this post that is scented. There are several things you want to look for in determining if a candle is safe: 1. natural wax and 2. essential oils 3. non-lead wick 4. natural dyes. This particular kind made by Root, Seeking Balance, is made with essential oils and soy wax. They come in several different relaxing scents and have a wooden wick that crackles. I have gotten several of them from this big farmer's market in Massachusetts. You can find them in gift stores or on the Root website.
I hope that these give you a little more info into what is out there for natural candles. No one coaxed me to advertise these and they are ones that I enjoy! If you know of any other candles that are parabin-free, non-toxic, and clean burning please let me know in the comments! I LOVE candles and it would be awesome to know about other resources. If I compile enough ideas and try them out, I will share them here in the future. :)