Whether you are lighting a menorah or lighting a candle for a Yule celebration, chances are good that at least one candle will be employed in your holiday rites this December. Since candles are such an intrinsic part of the holidays, one cannot suggest that they should be avoided – to do so in the case of Hanukah has drawn ire. However, you can make sure that you are using a more eco-friendly candle than the traditional ones that you will find in stores.
Traditional candles contain paraffin, which is a petroleum product. In addition, pthlalates are often used to scent candles. Pthlalates have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, kidney, and liver damage. Breathing them is apparently not very good for asthma sufferers either.
So what to look for? Go for beeswax candles or soy wax candles that have been scented with natural essential oils. These can be purchased from your local health foods store or from an online shop like the Eco Candle company.
Eco Candle’s “Mandle” deserves special attention – gone are the days that your friends consider you worthy of wearing a tutu if you light a scented candle. Now, with the Mandle, you can not only be extremely manly if you own scented candles but earth-friendly at the same time!