The joys of life can often be small and simple, and for me nothing relaxes more than to settle down on a Sunday with the papers and an uplifting scented candle.
Like many of you, I avoid paraffin wax candles in favor of more natural alternatives. Here's why:
Problems with paraffin:
Paraffin wax is a by-product of petroleum and the main ingredient in most candles, from very expensive to affordable.
When burned, paraffin wax releases substances such as toluene and benzene – known carcinogens that can accumulate in unventilated areas.
In a study by Dr. Amid Hamidi of South Carolina State University in 2009 said: “The occasional paraffin candle and its emissions are unlikely to affect you. But lighting many paraffin candles for years, or lighting them frequently in a non-ventilated bathroom around a tub, for example, can cause problems. "
If, like me, you prefer to play it safe, there are some beautiful brands of soy or beeswax candles that have a much cleaner and longer burn time than paraffin.
I'm currently going to The Isle of Skye Candle Company candles. Your hand-cast soy wax candles are made in the Scottish highlands and come in a variety of beautiful scents – my favorite is juniper!
The Isle of Skye Candle Company was founded in 2006 by James Robertson – he is really excited about the benefits of natural products and wanted to offer a clean and environmentally friendly alternative to paraffin wax.
The Isle of Skye Candle Company was named "Best New Scottish Company" at the Scottish Variety Awards in 2012. I would say they are a great new British brand to watch!
Are you going to switch to a cleaner candle?