Eco-Friendly Candle Options

Published by AlyssaDavis on September 27, 2011 - 10:55am

Eco-friendly candles are getting much easier to find thanks to an economy that is becoming more earth conscious. There are soy candles, rapeseed wax candles, flameless candles, faux bois candles, and other options for the eco-friendly house. Eco-friendly candles do not produce carcinogens or neurotoxins like the regular candles most commonly found. Eco-friendly candle options are a great idea for your home, and here are just a few bits of information that will help you learn why this is the best choice.
Soy candles burn cleaner than ordinary candles. Where ordinary paraffin candles produce black soot, soy wax candles do not. Soy candles also support our own American economy as the soy beans are grown in America and processed here in America. Since soy candles take longer to burn, they are essentially two candles in one when compared to the burn rate on normal paraffin candles. Soy candles also have a greater ability to create a better smell over normal candles since it burns cleaner than paraffin candles, thus creating a cleaner smell. Soy candles are the best candle on the market for those with allergies.

Rapeseed wax candles are also known as Canola wax candles. Rapeseed wax is a natural wax made from vegetables. It burns clean just as the soy wax candles thus producing fewer toxins when lit. The rapeseed wax retains fragrance much better than paraffin wax does thus producing a better smelling and more efficient candle. The farming of rapeseed does not involve intensive farming or deforestation, thus creating a more environmentally friendly candle than either soy or paraffin candles.

Flameless candles give the appearance of a lit candle but without the danger of a fire or toxins.  Flameless candles offer a worry free candle operated by a replaceable battery. The light is inside the candle produced by a lifetime LED bulb. They are perfect for homes with children or pets where a candle can be accidentally knocked over; they are also ideal for use with floral arrangements or for wedding receptions. Flameless candles are a good candle for people who would normally get headaches from candles due to strong scents from ordinary flame candles.

Unscented or lightly scented candles are best for allergy sufferers. The best scents, if you must have a scented candle, are mild scents like vanilla or clean linen. Allergy sufferers should stay away from any scents that are strong and overpowering such as floral, spice, or food scents.

Faux bois candles are easy to make at home.  To create a faux bois candle, you simply lay a sheet of beeswax on a flat surface and brush it with gold acrylic paint mixed with a glazing medium then create whatever look you desire with a wood-graining tool and allow it to dry. After the beeswax sheet is dry, cut it to size to fit around whatever pillar candle you desire and use a warm, not hot, hair dryer to warm the candle and beeswax just until it is able to be formed. Once both items are warmed, roll beeswax around pillar candle and smooth edges with fingers.

Alyssa Davis is a staff writer and decorating specialist with Metal-Wall-Art.com and she offers stylish suggestions for decorating with laser cut Southwestern metal art and coffee metal wall decor.