Vegan Candles

Posted in Vegan stuff by Glô! on the August 25th, 2006

Are Candles Vegan?

Nearly all candles are made from Paraffin wax and animal fats, except for a small number that are made from Beeswax.

Very often, for a question of costs, beeswax is blended with paraffin to make candles.
Paraffin candle wax is made from the residue collected from gasoline refining.
When paraffin candles are burned, they release black petroleum carbon soot deposits. These are carcinogens known as petro-soot, and they are considered as harmful as secondhand tobacco smoke.

Candles made from pure plant waxes are becoming more readily

available, they can be found in Health food stores.
Vegetable-based candles are biodegradable and water soluble, and will not damage carpets or furniture.
They burn cooler, more uniformly, and last up to 50% longer than traditional candles.
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