If your anything like me, having a dozen scented candles all over the house is a must have! I mean, it looks dreamy; smells delish; and sets the mood! Whether your having a romantic evening at home, a relaxing bubble bath, or just need to stock up on emergency supplies, candles just make everything better!
INGREDIENTS TO AVOID
Ok, so, first of all, let's talk about what ingredients to keep a look out for and what they are exactly.
- Beeswax- obtained by melting the honeycomb with boiling water and then straining and cooling it. Bees work hard to build honeycombs which are used to store food and raise young. Taking the honeycomb is the equivalent of taking a bird's nest. Bee's are already dying off at a rate of 30% a year from pesticides and climate change so dealing with the stress of having their beeswax removed after so much hard work is not in their best interest along with other cruel practices by some large scale beekeepers.
- Tallow- is a slaughterhouse product rendered (melted) form of beef or mutton fat, processed from suet. It becomes solid at room temperature which makes it a popular ingredient in candles.
- Paraffin- though there are no major side effects to a standard paraffin treatment, ingesting liquid paraffin or inhaling paraffin candle fumes, may cause adverse reactions including nausea, vomiting, headaches or even benzene pollution that can lead to lung cancer. As a petroleum product, paraffin also is an air pollutant that contributes to global warming and is not a renewable energy source.
- Lite + Cycle
- Barnloft Candles
- Goodlight Natural Candles
- Aspen Bay Candles
- Violet & Lark
- Birch & Goldberry
- Earthly Body Sun-Touched 3-in-1 Massage Candles
- Naturally Me 100% Pure Soy Candles
- Yankee Candle Company (most but not all are vegan)
- The Candle Bakery
- Pure Botanica
- Woodwick Candle Shop
- Linnea's Lights
- Old Factory Candles
- Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Soy Candles
- Pier 1 Imports
- Le Labo NY
- P.F. Candle Co.
- La Jolie Muse
Although soy is a vegan alternative, soy also has its own downfalls. Because it is in such high demand, buying soy products ultimately supports Big Agriculture, which we can all agree, is responsible for many cruelties across the board, cross-contamination (leading to increasing allergies), and deforestation. This concern also holds true for corn, canola and palm.
Using honey and beeswax is a decision only you can make, just stay informed and try your best to buy cruelty-free as much as possible. If you decide to use honey or beeswax look for a local organic beekeeper you can trust does not use pesticides. Let me know your thoughts on the use of honey and beeswax in the comments below.
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