Conscious Christmas Candles… Ethical Advent Day 3

At this time of year, there’s nothing like a good candle to make the room extra cosy, and they are very popular to gift for Christmas.   But are you aware of why you should choose choose plant based soya wax candles, instead of those made from paraffin?  There are a number of health and environmental reasons for making this choice.

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Photo by Kira auf der Heide on Unsplash

Unlike paraffin, soy beans are a renewable resource, and therefore much better for the environment. Candles made from soy burn much more slowly, and therefore last up to 50% longer than paraffin candles. Soy wax is also completely water soluble, meaning that drips/spills can be cleaned up with just water.

Burning candles made from paraffin wax is an unrecognised source of exposure to indoor air pollution, including the known human carcinogens (American Chemical Society, 2009). These are then circulating inside the air we’re breathing in our homes, which can affect those with asthma, or trigger allergies.

There are lots of wonderful alternatives, and they often come in the most beautiful, reusable tubs and cups. This gorgeous Blackberry & Bay cupped candle from Blaze On is the perfect companion to an evening of rest and relaxation.

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The gorgeous range of cupped candles from Blaze On are hand-poured and there are limited numbers of each fragrance. Each one is beautifully packaged, and burns for 20-25 hours, being made of a natural soy wax blend.

I absolutely loved the scent of the Blackberry & Bay. It really appealed to me as it’s such an usual candle fragrance, and it was so beautiful and subtle. It reminds me of picking blackberries with my parents when I was a child. If this one is not for you, they have a fantastic seasonal scent, called Cinnamon Snow, as well as many others to choose from.

The candle comes in a lovely white, ceramic cup, which is also handmade. One of my favourite things about this candle is it’s totally waste free, as the wax is water soluble and the cup can therefore be used for long after the candle has burned down.

The perfect ethical gift and home decoration. Blaze On trade fairly, leaving no unsavoury effects on the human population. The soya wax is natural, so leaves no pollutants in the air. The cup is reusable and leaves no waste in landfill. It certainly ticks all of my boxes.

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Pictured just above is another beautiful soy wax candle purchased from a local store in our village – RE:You WellBeing who have lots of lovely goodies – so if you’re local to Leicestershire, UK, do check them out.

I really hope you’ve enjoyed this post and have fun discovering the beauty of soy candles.

See you tomorrow!

With thanks to Blaze On for providing me with this product free of charge. All opinions are my own.

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