Writer: Ona Rihu
Picture: Catarina böckerman
The season is truly here - There’s nothing better than cozying up in the light of candles when it’s getting cold outside. I myself am a huge fan of candles - but I only learned about their influence on our health pretty recently. It really does make a difference which kind of candles you burn. Traditional candles can make your indoor-air filled with toxins. Paraffin - the major ingredient in most candles releases carcinogenic chemicals into the air when burned. I won’t go all in on the bad stuff - you can read more with a simple ecosia search.
I am here to offer you an alternative:
Coconut wax candles
Organic coconut wax is a luxurious, delicious smelling alternative to stearin. It doesn’t release any harmful chemicals into your room air but it does throw scent extremely well. It’s naturally obtained from coconuts. We are in love with these Woodlot candles from Kaarna living. The different combinations of essential oils are an absolute treat to smell.
rapeseed wax candles
Rapeseed wax is an interesting ecological and clean burning alternative to stearin and paraffin candles. It burns odorless and clean. These candles are hand poured in Germany from local rapeseed oil reducing the candle's carbon footprint. Rapeseed wax is a new discovery for me, and I’m very happy to have found it! I love these tealight candles because they don’t have metal around them and they burn nice and slow. You can find rapeseed wax candles at kaarna as well.
Soy wax candles
Soy wax in itself is is also toxin free and more environmentally friendly than traditional candles. This hygge candle from embrosé is perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere in your home with it’s heart-warming natural scent.