We all love them, and can find them pretty much anywhere. They come in a dizzying array of colors, scents, shapes and sizes. Some can be very affordable, while other boutique options are jaw-droppingly expensive.
In reality, practically every candle on the market is ‘clean burning,’ but some are slightly better than others.
Most bargain brands use what’s called paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, coal or shade oil. It’s perfectly safe to use and burn, but because it’s made from petroleum products, it can produce certain emissions that may lower the air quality in your home. All candles made with paraffin wax are tested to ensure they’re non-toxic, but of all the waxes they are the least ‘clean burning.’
Another option is bees’ wax. It’s clean burning, and comes from wax made by worker bees to build their hives. It also has a high melting point, which means longer burn times. However, bees wax isn’t a vegan option, and of all the wax options is the most expensive.
Lastly, you have soy wax. Pure soy wax candles are a good option because they are clean burning and 100% renewable. However, even soy wax can have its drawbacks. Soybean crops may have been treated with pesticides, or genetically modified in some way to help farmers thwart of pests, or enjoy higher yields.
If you’re looking for soy wax candles, find out where the beans are sourced, and whether or not the supplier can confirm they are from non-GMO soybean farms.
Everyone has a preference, and while all candles burn and may look nice, it's up to you, the customer, which you think are best and why.