Candles: A guide to wax and what to look for in making an eco-friendly choice

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Life & Soul Magazine

Candles are used throughout homes for many purposes – for decoration, for magical purposes, for providing light and even for heating a space.

Sales of candles are estimated at approximately $3.2 billion annually in the US alone, excluding sales of candle accessories such as holders. While Britons spend £90m on scented candles every year.

There are many different types of candles – votives, tapers, container candles and pillars – and many different types of wax or blends. However, many of the different types of waxes are in fact toxic or are made from ingredients that are not environmentally friendly such as palm oil and petroleum-based.

There is much choice out there when it comes to candles, but if you want to be more eco savvy about the candles you purchase, check out this guide to the various waxes.

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