Thursday, May 22, 2008

#227 - Light A Candle, Curse The Glare

Using Only Beeswax or Soy Candles

Frickin' Blogger just ate my whole damn post and now I have to start all over again. It was good too. Really funny. But now it's late and I'm tired and tipsy so don't blame me if this sucks. Blame Blogger.

OK, rant over. Modified, shortened and unfunny version of post commencing here.


I like scented candles. Most are made from paraffin wax, which is derived from petroleum. Petroleum sucks. So I'm buying soy and/or beeswax candles instead.


Bonus points from buying from a local vendor that I found at the farmer's market.



There.



Bastards.

10 comments:

organicneedle said...

Blogger does seem to like the taste of a good post. Since I switched to WordPress I have had a lot fewer problems. Not perfect- but it usually only eats titles.

Heather said...

Bitter much? Ouch.

Green Bean said...

I love our beeswax candles - they have such a sweet, gentle smell and remind me of a trip we took to Williamsburg when I was a kid. Also, buying beeswax, along with any other bee-product like honey or pollen, helps keep beekeepers in business and the more we have of those, maybe we'll have a chance to keep the bees around.

heather t said...

Light a Candle, Curse Bloglines?

This is a good one. I am using up all my black smoke-spewing petroleum candles (why?) then switching to soy based.

Another thing you have to watch is the wicks - especially on the cheaper candles they sometimes have lead inside them. If they have that little "wire" inside the wick, it's probably lead.

I'm guessing your local chandler does not use leaded wicks.

How cool is it that you have your own chandler?

arduous said...

Sorry about your post but I'm lauging so hard right now. This is why I love you, Burbs.

Petroleum sucks indeed.

Anonymous said...

just a little warning: no matter how much scent they put into soy candles, when burned soy candles tend to have this chemicalish under tone scent. almost like a bad after taste...

badhuman said...

We only use beeswax now but just make sure if you try to make your own that you use a wick designed for beeswax candles. We did not (even though we had read we should) and our candle continues to gutter out because it burns to quickly... Eventually we will remelt it and use a couple of the regular wicks and it will hopefully burn evenly.

Verde said...

Oh, the soy candles can have really good smells too. I've found that for the roots one in a glass I have to pour off the excess wax to continue using it however.

I feel your pain with blogger.

JABster said...

You are so damn funny. I agree on your eco candle choices, and they are often available at farmer's markets. Also beeswax candles are yet another way to help support American beekeepers and the vanishing honeybee.

Lynne Marie said...

i've been using the candles from the 17th Street Farmer's Market for a year now. along with plants and produce, they are my favorite gifts to give, and they last an age. plus, he'll take back the containers and give you a discount on your next purchase!