For years I was a candle freak. I gave them as gifts, coordinated the seasons to scents, and constantly had them burning in my house. I seemed to buy them everywhere! Target (yankee candles were my JAM), Urban Outfitters, TJMAXX, Anthropologie, you name it! Until recently, when I read that lighting a paraffin wax candle was like lighting a cigarette in your home. There was no way. I was in disbelief. I started some hardcore research and was shocked to find that paraffin candles release extremely toxic chemicals & cancer causing carcinogens into the air. How can we live in a world where this isn’t written on the label?!
How can they get away with this?
I was angry, but determined to find safe & pure candle companies. During my search I found some of the cleanest candles on the market. All 3 are handmade in the US and they use only the purest of ingredients!
Kanda Candles are 100% soy and are hand poured in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Choose from Kelli’s farmhouse, sugar or petal collection. My favorites are the Lavender & Lemon! They smell soo good! :) Kanda has the most variety of scents by far! She also has the option for different sizes ranging from 8oz. for $12 to 48 oz. for $53. The chemical composition of soy lets it burn evenly so it lasts up to 50 times longer and is way cheaper in the long run. Paraffin wax clings to the sides of the glass leaving wasted wax & ugly jars! Keep it clean and shop Kanda!
Besem is a beeswax & coconut blend candle with 100% cotton wick. They are made in glass jars which can easily be repurposed after your candle is gone! The maker, Wendy, takes it a step further by making each tag on the candle a plantable label embedded with wildflower seeds! Talk about eco-friendly!! She also gives 10% back to orphan relief! Beeswax candles are the only candles that emit negative ions to purify and clean the air! They’re also hypo-allergenic and perfect for people with allergies or asthma. This is a total feel good purchase and the most earth friendly brand I could find on the market! $36 for a 16oz. candle with an 80 hour burn time!
Copper and Honey candles are 100% soy wax hand poured in Venice, CA. The wick is 100% cotton. The grapefruit and mint candle is AMAZING. Seriously, I want to order 100 so I never run out! Less variety than the others but by far the best smelling!! The scent of essential oils in soy wax are way more pleasing than the strong chemical scents added to paraffin. I used to get really bad headaches every time I burned candles. I thought I just had too strong of a scent. Turns out that was the toxins I was breathing in giving me headaches. Make the switch for $24 for the 8.5oz candle // Burn time 50+ hours.