It’s that time of year when autumn-themed candles line the retail shelves and fill our homes with the cozy scents of pumpkin, pine, and spice. But did you know that most household candles are made with Paraffin wax, which releases toxic fumes? We have some tips on how to find (or make!) eco-friendly candles that are safe to use and will inspire maximum holiday cheer.
Are Your Holiday Candles Non-Toxic?
If the label on your candle states it is a soy blend, it’s very likely that the wax contains paraffin. Paraffin wax is a byproduct of petroleum. It’s known to pollute the air in your home and for sensitive people can also irritate the lungs. Look for candles made of soy wax, beeswax, or coconut wax. These are the best options for sustainable candles.
Sustainably Sourced, Clean-Burning Holiday Candles
Luckily, there are several options for eco-friendly candles available at major retailers. Check out this affordable pumpkin spice candle, available online at Target. Mrs. Meyer’s is another reliably sustainable brand that makes their candles with soy and vegetable wax. Or, for a fancier, unique-looking candle, Anthropologie sells HoneyComb Candles made with coconut wax and essential oils.
Make DIY, Clean-Burning Candles
If you’re feeling crafty or you’re looking for something creative to do this holiday season, DIY eco-friendly candles are easy to make and completely customizable. They also make for a great gift. There are various coconut and soy wax candle tutorials that you can find online. The bonus of making your own candles is hand-picking the scents you love, as well as deciding how fragrant you want the candles.
Tips for Making Your Own Batch of Candles
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you want to make your own eco-friendly holiday candles:
- Look for plant-based essential oils that are free of synthetic fragrances.
- Always check measurements for the potency of the fragrance in the pure essential oil––the more you add, the more the aroma will permeate your house.
- Recycle old candle holders, glass jars, mason jars, or tins to use for your candles.
For more inspiration this season, check out these tips for eco-friendly fall decorating on our blog.
At Western National, we are committed to helping you live an eco-friendly and sustainable life. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.