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Everything You Need To Know When Shopping For Sustainable Candles

By Desirée Kaplan

Despite the introduction of kerosene and electricity, candles have remained in widespread use throughout the last 5,000 years. Their success and popularity is undoubtedly attributed to their versatility. Candles offer beautiful decor, fresh scents, and emergency light, in case the electricity goes out. Their staying power may also be due to their intrinsic link to celebrations and holidays. Can you imagine birthday cakes without candles to blow out? Hanukkah or Advent without decorative candles to mark holy days?

Apart from all its uses, there is more to candles than meets the eye. Throughout the centuries, dozens of different types of candles have been developed. Before you choose one, it's important to look closely at the ingredients such as the type of wax, wick, and scent used. 

Paraffin wax is one of the most popular types of candles currently on the market. This type of wax is often used because it is one of the most economic to produce and is very easy to work with compared to other waxes. But it's important to note: Paraffin is a petroleum byproduct, so it can pollute the air in your home or office. If you have paraffin candles, consider burning them in an open area.