Even if you're eco-willing, sometimes it helps to shed some light on why we choose certain products over others, such as soy candles versus regular ol' wax. I've heard that soy is better, but it's also not cheap. So if you want to light your home with eco-friendly candles, here's what to look for.
- First, shop for soy and beeswax candles, which burn
cleaner and longer than standard parrafin wax and are mostly soot-free.
- Unlike petroleum-based waxes, soy and beeswax candles are made from renewable resources. Even better if the soy is grown without pesticides.
- The best candles are 100 percent soy or beeswax or a blend. Palm oil wax is also acceptable.
- In addition, look for candles with all-cotton wicks, such as this Timothy Han Fig Candle ($58).
- Sniff out scented candles with natural fragrances, not synthetic ones that are potentially toxic.