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A Guide to Eco-Friendly Candles

A Guide to Eco-Friendly Candles

Pure beeswax and vegetable-oil-based candles are the healthiest
choices for us and for the environment. We have a range of helpful
information about candles on Care2, from how to make beeswax
candles yourself, to the dangers of candle soot, to how to safely
remove dripped candle wax, and resources. Here is an index page for
it all:

Candle soot can cause indoor air pollution. Make sure you don’t burn candles with metal wicks and be aware that aromatherapy candles can cause serious soot problems but for health and for objects such as computers. Some mistakenly think that the soot they are getting from their candls is coming from their furnace. For more on soot, read this.

Tips for Making Safe Candles Yourself: How-to Guide.

Paraffin is a petroleum product, which is not a renewable resource and causes pollution in its production.

Pure beeswax and vegetable oil candles are readily available. Some brands include Beeswax Candles; Pure Light Candles; and Pure Essential Oil Candles.

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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11:43AM PDT on Mar 13, 2015

I've begun to create my own coconut oil candles: I use an old glass jar, glue a wick to the bottom of the jar, heat up the jar of coconut oil in warm water, and pour the liquid oil into the jar and let it stand overnight to stiffen. Works perfectly, and doesn't smell at all! No heavy air or anything :)

4:18AM PDT on May 30, 2013

Your articles and contents are encouraging.

2:35AM PDT on May 14, 2013

thanks for sharing

1:06PM PDT on May 12, 2013

Using natural ingredients ...yes! ...thank you.

9:49AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Good to know,thanks for sharing

4:10AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Love our mother nature as to our mum

2:32PM PDT on May 1, 2013

Thank you so much!

1:42AM PST on Jan 24, 2013


10:58AM PST on Dec 22, 2012

good info

2:27PM PST on Dec 21, 2012

OK there seems to be credible evidence about paraffin and fragrances being harmful. But no one has any info on any of these other alternatives. Just saying they are natural doesn't mean anything at all.

WARNING TAKEN! but maybe we shouldn't be burning any of this stuff at all???
Any bio-chemist in the group??

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