The Twelve Days of A Green Christmas – Eleventh Day


…on the eleventh day of Christmas my green friend gave to me…eleven soy candles…ten traded shares…nine native plants…eight motion sensor lights…seven chakra gems…six solar panels…five milkweed plants…four pints of milk…three wax wraps…two re-purposed pallets…and a smart ther-mo-stat!

This eleventh day verse is an updated of last year’s eleventh day gift for two reasons. One reason is my wish to possibly make one more person aware of the toxins from the majority of candles available and the other reason is my green friend knew I had used all of last year’s candles 🙂

According to a study by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), before 2003, 40 percent of candles on the market contained lead wires inside their wicks. In 2003 the CPSC banned the manufacturing and/or sale of candles with lead wicks.

Most candles available today are made from paraffin which is a petroleum by-product that releases carcinogenic soot when burned. The soot can also cause respiratory problems and will aggravate those who have asthma, lung or heart problems.  In 2003 when the CPSC banned lead wicks in candles they did not address the use of paraffin or synthetic oils.

Photo:  soy candles from

I have always enjoyed burning candles yet the thought of inhaling toxins bothered me, so candles just about disappeared from my house. Fortunately beeswax, soy and vegetable-oil candles made with cotton wicks became more readily available. Beeswax candles, once a favorite of mine,  have become increasingly more expensive with the collapse of the honeybee colonies. Also the question of whether the pesticides affecting the honeybees are somehow integrated into their wax keeps me from adding more beeswax candles to my decor.  With my opposition to genetically-modified (GM) crops, of which soybeans are the most widely grown, I feel it is important to buy non-GMO soy candles, vegetable or hemp-oil based candles to lower the possibility of adding harmful particles into my home.  I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that soy candles are biodegradable and last longer than other wax candles.

So I will enjoy the non-GMO soy candles my green friend gave me on this eleventh day of a green Christmas. According to the National Candle Association, candles are used in 7 out of 10 households and about 67% of candle buyers purchase candles as gifts so the type of candle given as a gift is as important as the type of candles you use personally. If you enjoy making candles click here for easy instructions.

Which type of candles do you enjoy most?  Do you make your own and have a link to the instructions you follow?  Share your experiences or thoughts in the comments below.

Tomorrow is the Twelfth Day of Christmas and the last rendition of my Twelve Days of A Green Christmas.  I hope you will join me tomorrow for the final verse.




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