What’s in your candle?
My wife and I have always loved the flickering glow and aroma that comes from burning candles, especially as the holiday season approaches. There is just something so inviting about a little flickering light and a hint of a holiday smell in the air… until we heard about a lot of the things that go into most commercial candles. The most commonly known is paraffin. Paraffin is a by-product of petroleum, which is a nonrenewable resource. Paraffin also creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes.
Most people search for an alternative when they learn this information about paraffin, which usually leads to a soy candle. Don’t get me wrong, soy candles are excellent alternatives to paraffin (If our candles don’t interest you, please, at least ditch the paraffin for Soy); however, we weren’t quite satisfied when we started looking into soy candles. Interestingly, even a 100% soy wax candle must be processed with a small amount of paraffin. Potentially, burning a 100% soy candle will release small amounts of the carcinogens and toxins found in paraffin. On top of that, soy’s environmental sustainability is questionable. More than 90% of soy is genetically modified! Soy crops are also heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides, causing harm to both the harvesters and the soil.
With this information in hand, we set out to find the best solution, but still offer the traditional look, burn, and scent people have come to know and love from candles. First, we looked into mixing beeswax and palm wax. When we started to look into sourcing the palm, we soon discovered that the harvesting of palm was not environmentally friendly. In fact, the harvesting of palm is greatly responsible for deforestation in southeastern Asia. Then, when looking through the kitchen cabinet one night, it hit us… coconut oil!
The problem we found was that beeswax was too thick and would not hold scent well, and coconut oil was too soft and wouldn’t work well as wax. So, we began to mix, and try different ratios and scent percentages. After several weeks of researching, we came upon our current mixture. Our candles are made with 100% pure beeswax and coconut oil. We scent our candles with phthalate free scents, and never add any dye. We also use 100% braided cotton eco-wicks.
At this point, we had discovered the correct make-up of our candle, but we weren’t quite satisfied. We wanted to do more. We wanted you to not only feel good about the health and safety of our candles, but also about supporting our company, so we combined our love of candles with our love of animals, particularly rescues. So, Bindi Road candles donates a portion of every single sale to our local animal shelter to help sustain their mission. Want to learn more about our mission? check out the “our Story” and “Follow the Cause” tabs above. We hope that you will love our candles as much as we do!