Candles are a great way to create a mood or bring warmth to your home—but because they are made with a variety of different types of wax, it’s important to think about the environmental and health impacts of the candles you’re burning in your home.
At Pharmaca, we don’t sell petroleum-based candles because of their impact on the environment and the fact that they don’t burn cleanly, meaning they could have negative effects on health. Instead, we’ve sourced out a variety of alternatives to paraffin candles that use essential oils and more sustainable waxes. Here’s what you need to know about each option.
|Type of Wax
||How it’s made
||Considerations||Where you’ll find it|
|Soy Wax||Soybeans are harvested, cleaned, de-hulled and rolled into flakes to make soy oil. The oil is hydrogenated to change the melting point and turn it into wax.||Benefits
Burns cleanly and evenly
Soybeans are an easily renewable resource
|Way Out Wax Clear Head Tumbler Candle is made from non-GMO soy wax and pure essential oils of peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary to refresh and help you focus.
Tru Melange SOL Tin Candle in Relax is made with non-GMO soy wax, lead-free wicks and essential oils of lavender and blood orange. Light one of these when you need to wind down.
|Beeswax||Worker honeybees make wax from wax glands on their abdomens. Scraped off and chewed, the wax is formed into hexagon-shaped cells and caps to hold honey and build the structure of the hive.||Benefits
Long burn times due to a high melting point
Holds its shape while burning
Pretty golden color
Clean-burning, leaves no soot and is virtually dripless
|Pharmaca Hand-Dipped Beeswax Taper Candles or Votive Candles are made with 100% unbleached beeswax that burns with a subtle honey scent.
Tru Melange Beeswax Tin Candle in Evening Peace features French and Bulgarian lavender essential oils to relax and calm you before bedtime.
|Palm Oil Wax||Palm oil is steam distilled from berries and leaves of the palm tree, chilled and hydrogenated to make a hard wax.||
|Aloha Bay Chakra Candle Jar for Positive Energy is made with wax from sustainable palm plantations in Brazil, Columbia and Malaysia, and is scented with spirit-lifting Moroccan rose and chamomile essential oils.
Goodlight Lemongrass Cassia Tin Candle is long-burning (up to 15 hours!) and infused with essential oils of lemongrass and cassia that smell fresh—and serve as insect repellants.
|Coconut Wax||Coconut meat is cold-pressed to obtain the oil, which is hydrogenated to increase the melting point and turn it into wax.||
|We are looking to expand our candle assortment with this new type of wax. Check back soon for more options!|