We Love a Clean Burn

 If you swipe your finger on a candle that is not clean burning, chances are it will look like this.

If you swipe your finger on a candle that is not clean burning, chances are it will look like this.

You probably already know, because we’ve plastered it all over our website: but here it is again, we started WAX BBY because we wanted to light affordable, clean burning candles 24/7. (Though we’ve since learned you’re not supposed to leave a candle burning all day, more on that later.) But what is a clean burning candle?

Those very expensive, very twee $45 scented candles at Anthropologie aren’t just lilac and musk and a wax base to hold it all together. Unless you’ve purchased a candle specifically marked as a soy wax, beeswax or other naturally-occurring wax, chances are its chemical composition is just as gross as Cheese Wiz. And just as unpronounceable.

Most commercially available candles are poured with paraffin wax, a refined gasoline byproduct that is made in early stages with petroleum. More often than not, these candles are laced with phthalates and benzenes well. Those are the same gnarly chemicals that float in the weird cloud of perpetual vape smoke lingering on the Bedford L train platform. Unlike the chemicals hanging out in the hazy air in your city commute, it’s pretty easy to avoid the toxins that come from burning unclean candles in your home.

At WAX BBY, we pour all of our candles with 100% American grown soy wax. Soy doesn’t release any phthalates or CO2. As a plus, it’s a natural product that’s totally biodegradable. Because we care about our lungs, we’re also using 100% cotton wicks and the highest quality essences we can source to deliver our signature scents. And because we want to chill on Earth for as long as possible, we’re also using vessels made entirely of recycled materials (that can be recycled right back)!