Candles are sexy, spiritual, and look great at dinner parties. They are also an environmental nightmare. Many are made from paraffin wax, which is a by-product of petroleum. There have also been health concerns about inhalation of their smoke. The fragrant oils that make the candles smell so good are usually synthetic, from man-made combinations of chemicals. In response, a number of small companies have started to make some gorgeous looking candles from 100% natural wax which comes from sustainable sources and is not animal based. These candles are clean burning and there are no toxic smoke fumes. They use organic fragrances for the smell with scents such as Brazilian orange blossom, lavender, jasmine and Moroccan blush rose. One company has created a vegetable and palm oil natural wax blend which is environmentally friendly. Another has used soy wax. Some come in coloured recycled glass containers for the bedroom or bath. For the dining room or patio there are some good looking candle holders too. These sweet little elephant-shaped terracotta pots are made by women in rural Bangladesh.
“My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends It gives a lovely light!" --Edna St.Vincent Millay