With just 10 days to go, we all need a bit of Christmas cheer in the air so this post is about something a little festive (ish): candles!
Why some candles are not eco-friendly
One thing to bear in mind with any candle claiming to be “natural” is to check that it isn’t made from a paraffin wax blend. As I’m sure you’ll know, parrafin is derived from petroleum.
There’s plenty of debate out there about whether paraffin candles with synthetic fragrances are carcinogenic or otherwise bad for health. I haven’t done enough research on that to comment meaningfully. But one thing for certain is that paraffin does not come from a renewable energy source. So it’s not a green choice.
What are the alternatives?
In the last year or so lots of environmentally friendly candle options have been popping up. Most are made from natural waxes such as soy, coconut or beeswax. These are clean-burning so they release no harmful toxins.
They are also much more sustainable than regular candles because they come from renewable sources.
The Botanical Candle Co.
I recently came across The Botanical Candle Co. and bought a pack of Christmas Eve scented soy wax tealights to try. They are hand-poured and made from soy wax flakes, scented with vanilla and plum oils. The wicks are 100% cotton and the tealights are cased in aluminium which can be recycled once you’ve used them up. They come packaged in a nice looking compostable waxed paper bag.
As you’d hope from the name, the tealights smell super christmassy. They also have a good “throw” which means the scent really fills the room.
There are two other festive scents available: Clementine & Clove and Eucalyptus & Myrtle. If you wanted to try something less wintery there are 10 other options, including unscented. Burn time for the tealights is around 4 – 6 hours.
Founded in 2014 by Amalia Pothecary (great name!) and James Osborn, The Botanical Candle Co. is based in Dorset, UK. The company’s ethos is all about putting people over profits. There are less than ten people working there. They also have a gorgeous studio dog called Paddy.
The products are well priced too. These tealights are a bargain at just £3.95 for six. You can also buy gift bags of tealights containing three packs of six in up to three different scents. All presented in a brown paper kraft bag, sealed with paper tape and finished with an unbleached cotton ribbon.
If you wanted something larger, you could try one of the hand-poured jar candles in amber glass or weck jar (like a clear kilner jar). You can buy these in small, medium or large sizes. The extra large clear recycled glass jar candle with aluminium lid also looks great. This has a burn time of around 60 hours.
The Botanical Candle Co. creates and sells other products such as reed diffusers and matches and even candle subscriptions, available in monthly or three-monthly intervals. A great gift idea for friends and family or even yourself. Why not check them out and let me know in the comments what you think.
The Botanical Candle Co., tealights £3.95 for six. Jar candles from £10 – £28. Subscriptions from £8. Variety of scents available.