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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.

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terryt18 terryt18 8 years
Sad but true. And we're all probably guilty of burning paraffin candles. What about soy candles? Those are good right? I've started buying those instead.
Rachel419 Rachel419 8 years
Wow, cool!
Rachel419 Rachel419 8 years
Wow, cool!
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Thanks for the heads up, CS!
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Thanks for the heads up, CS!
MamaD MamaD 8 years
Why are the better alternatives always so much more expensive? It's a conspiracy!
motherof3 motherof3 8 years
Nice to know. Now I feel bad for all the candles I have burning right now.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Interesting...
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Interesting...
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