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Four of the Best Soy Candles

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Today let’s talk soy candles.  And not just any old soy candles.  The best soy candles.

I love candles.  On a dark night there’s nothing better than closing the curtains, dimming the lights and lighting some soy or beeswax candles to create a lovely relaxing atmosphere.

Standard candles I don’t love so much.  Standard candles are made from paraffin wax – a petroleum by-product that is made when crude oil is refined into petrol, which affects your indoor air quality when you burn them.  And that’s before we’ve even covered the artificial fragrances contained in candles, which can hide a cocktail of particularly undesirable chemicals.

Soy candles are made from soy wax – a vegetable wax made from the oil of soy beans, so are petroleum free, and the very best soy candles are also fragranced with pure essential oils rather than artificial fragrance.

I’ve tried a lot of candles in my time – here are four of the best soy candles in case you’re in the market for some candles.  Or maybe you’re like me and candles are your fail safe thing to buy for people who are really hard to buy for!

Four of the Best Soy Candles

Paddy Wax

best soy candles

Paddy Wax soy candles, available online from Rooi, are one of my long standing favourites.  I’m currently burning the redwood amber candle, which has a lovely sweet yet earthy scent (derived from essential oils) that  I find hard pushed to describe.

Paddy Wax candles are a little more strongly scented than other scented soy candles I have tried.  I find that a good thing when you are trying to fragrance a larger area, such as a living room, however they may be a bit overpowering in a small bathroom, for example.  Save your Paddy Wax candle for fragrance purposes, rather than mood lighting when you’re in the bath!

What I love most about Paddy Wax are that the candles come in a wide variety of holders.   I have had a few of the recycled bottle and apothecary jar candles in the past, and have saved the empty jars for candle making.  Whilst in this instance I have a wooden octagon candle pot that will make a lovely plant pot when the candle is spent.  I’m looking forward to planting a little succulent in this beauty.

The Melt Pool

melt pool soy candles

The Melt Pool soy candles are handmade using soy wax and essential oils, and come in a range of containers – from tins to glass votives and jars, and use recycled packaging where they can

I’ve got the cedarwood candle, with cinnamon cloves and orange which is lovely to light on cold dark nights.  I find the aroma is a bit more delicate than from Paddy Wax candles  but it still gives off a lovely fragrance.  The candles start from £4.95 so make for a good budget friendly option.

Isle of Skye Candle Co

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Isle of Skye Candle Co soy candles are handmade on, as the name suggests, the Isle of Skye, and come in beautiful glass votive jars.   I’ve opted for a three wick candle, but they do have single wick candles.

I have the Wooden Heart candle, which is a blend of tea tree, cedar wood and orange essential oils.  The scent on this one is very delicate and I think this particular one is best suited for lighting purposes, rather than being one that you’d light to help mask cooking smells, for example.  The three wick candle provides a cosy bright light, and would be perfect adorning the table during a romantic candle lit meal.

Tiny Candle Co

tiny candle co soy candles

Tiny Candle Co soy candles are hand poured, and made from soy wax and pure essential oils.  I have the pomegranate and fig soy candle, and again find the aroma to be quite a delicate one, so this is my candle of choice when having a long soak in the bath of an evening.

Tiny Candle Co candles make for lovely gifts, as they come packaged in a pretty box tied in ribbon.  No wrapping paper required (aka, my favourite kind of gift!).

Do you have a particular favourite soy candle brand?

PS: you can also make your own beeswax candles.  It’s really easy.  If you’d rather use soy (perhaps you’re vegan?) then simply replace the beeswax with soy flakes to make soy candles.

I received samples of some of these candles for review purposes, but all words and opinions are my own.

Energy Saving, Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

How Often Should I Wash My Clothes?

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As a young adult I often found myself wondering “how often should I wash my clothes?”.  I didn’t really know the answer, so erred on the side of caution a bit too much and washed my clothes pretty much after every wear.  With the exception of trousers, that maybe got two or three wears before being chucked in the laundry pile, I operated a one wear only policy.

It wasn’t until after I became a mum, and my laundry pile was less of a pile and more of a mountain, that I realised that maybe it was ok to not wash every single item of clothing after every wear.  The wake up call for me was when I was washing my daughter’s sleep suits after every wear, even if she’d needed changing in the night, so had only worn the suit for a few hours.  I soon realised that as long as the sleepsuits looked and smelled clean then my daughter could wear the same sleepsuit several nights in a row and nothing terrible was going to happen.

Since then I have relaxed my one wear laundry policy, relying on looks, smell and feel before assessing if something needs to go in the washing machine after just one or two wears.   Not washing your clothes quite so frequently helps prolong their life, saves you a bit of money, and helps the environment, as well as saving you time and energy so it’s something I’m completely on board with!

how often should I wash my laundry

If you want a bit more reassurance then going by nose alone, then I found this handy guide on how often should I wash my clothes from the people at Real Simple that I’ve reproduced here, and you can read the full article here.

How often should I wash my clothes?

how often should I wash my clothes

image courtesy of Real Simple

What do you think?  Are you onboard with washing your jeans after every four to five wears, or leggings after up to three wears?  I have a toddler in the house – think sticky hands, snotty noses, and so forth, so I would be very lucky if I could get my jeans lasting up to needing a wash after five wears!

And how often do you wash your clothes?  I’m curious!

ps: see my guide on how to wash wool for tips on advice on how to keep your woolens looking better for longer, my guide on how to wash white striped clothing, my guide on how to make your own fabric conditioner and my natural stain remover tips for all your laundry woes!