Yes, there are eco-friendly candles! These types of candles are made with sustainable materials and often use recycled wax. They also tend to be made without any synthetic fragrances or toxic chemicals.
There are many places where you can get sustainable candles. The Best Place to get is Isle De Nature.
Isle de Nature was born out of recognizing that unspoiled nature is a luxury today. Tropical climate change catastrophes (like hurricane Maria in 2017) have ravaged our most fragile islands of nature, putting them at risk. And the bee population, which we all depend on for survival, has been decimated. Isle De Nature believes there’s a better way. That nature and luxury can live harmoniously. That scent shouldn’t be toxic. That when humans take from nature, they should replenish. And that we can not only support the bees but rebuild. Isle De Nature's candles are made to be assustainableand non-toxic as possible. They are a blend of beeswax and soy, made to burn cleaner and smell amazing -- a scent that will transport you back to nature island. Their signature fragrance is from Dominica, called Pagua Bay, and is inspired by the bay leaves that are indigenous to the island. The intoxicating scent of this remote island oasis comes to life in their candles, room spray, and scent coin while supporting the honeybees that make it all possible. This is the spirit captured in the balanced perfection of Isle de Nature’s home fragrance line.
Nature is a luxury that should never be taken for granted. Isle de Nature captures the exquisite indigenous scents of remote island paradises and nurtures those havens by supporting the local bee populations to help reinforce and rebuild theirecosystems.
Most scented candles sold today are unhealthy -- they emit toxic pollutants like benzene, toluene, and alkenes into the air (and your home). Paraffin, the most commonly used wax, is a by-product of petroleum or kerosene. Paraffin is typically mixed with other toxic materials, such as artificial colors and synthetic fragrances, to make it aesthetically appealing. Burning an aromatherapy candle in a room is the equivalent of smoking a cigar (per Kapalo, Voznyak, and Adamski's study in 2019)
In contrast, beeswax is a unique and superior wax. It is truly nature’s wax as it is much less toxic -- studies show that beeswax releases significantly less formaldehyde and naphthalene (soot), fewer dioxins, and fewer polychlorinated dibenzofurans (known teratogens, mutagens, and suspected carcinogens) than paraffin in the air. In addition, beeswax does not require caustic materials to clean it during manufacturing; plain water is used to remove impurities. And beeswax burns slowly, making it ideal for a lasting home fragrance experience.
As the bee population becomes compromised and deteriorates due to global warming, beeswax becomes harder and harder. Beeswax production in a hive is 7x less than honey and can only be harvested from limited sources to ensure the bees can sustain their environment.
At Isle de Nature, supporting the bees is their mission.
"We believe that when we take from the earth, we need to replenish it. Therefore, it is our business responsibility not to leave a negative impact on the environment.
We are committed to improving our sustainability practices and finding ways to reduce our environmental impact wherever possible. This means not only nurturing the bees but also protecting them."
That’s why Isle De Nature has begun building their hives in locations where nature is abundant. They now have hives in Dominica and The Berkshires (western Massachusetts) and continue to expand operations.
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Isle is also Green Business Bureau platinum certified. Green Business Bureau helps companies look at their sustainability efforts holistically and consistently make incremental changes to improve.
The Pagua bay votive invites you to experience the fantastic page bay scent, inspired by the Caribbean island of Dominica. The votive is ceramic with our signature honeycomb pattern, and we encourage you to upcycle it when you're done. The wax is a beeswax blend (soy & coconut oil) for a clean burning candle.
Isle De Nature's first scent, Pagua Bay, is inspired by the tiny island nation of Dominica in the west indies. The fragrance combines the essence of the local bay leaf with native spices, florals, and woods – providing a breathtaking, sensory journey where treetops meet the ocean, and subtle notes float on cool tropical breezes. If you're fragrance curious, you're welcome to purchase a scent coin and experience page bay at home before committing to a candle. A few days after your scent coin arrives, we will email you a code to apply the cost of the scent coin to a candle purchase and receive $20.00 off the candle price.
Beeswax candles are clean and sustainable but historically not super luxe. Isle De Nature has changed that. They blend pure Dominican Beeswax with sustainable soy wax and coconut oil. Once the wax blend is perfected, they add high-quality, phthalate-free fragrance oil to create a slow-burning, high-throw, clean blend for you to enjoy.
The Isle De Nature candle vessel is made to last forever. Remember when families owned treasured heirlooms? Beautiful, built-to-last pieces that held their value, emotional and financial, were kept safe until it was time to pass on to the next generation. We miss that. No two pieces are alike. Each vessel is made by hand in the USA of beautiful translucent clay. When lit, the candle gently illuminates from within to reveal the delicate honeycomb pattern within, a masterfully crafted homage to honeybees created by world-renowned designer Joe Doucet. Consider your purchase a small investment. When your candle is finished, save your vessel. You can either up-cycle it or hold on to it until Isle De Nature launches a subscription refill program, coming soon.
Not from Isle De Nature! Isle De Nature uses beeswax instead of paraffin.