Question: What are candles most often made from?
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Answer: Paraffin. Paraffin is made of oil—not nice, benign olive oil, but petroleum! Not only do petroleum-based candles create soot, they also degrade the air quality of your home and come from a non-renewable resource. Yuck. Not what you want when you're entertaining guests, huh?
Leave it to Ikea to provide a cheap alternative. These Ikea stearin wax candles do not run or give off soot, and they're made from 100% vegetable oil. They burn for about nine hours, and only cost $2.99 for 4 candles.