with an Indian almond leaf, which leaves its natural
dyes and imprints behind on the pillars. The company
also wholesales soy wax candles.
River Bend Candle Company in Elkhorn, WI
also manufacturers candles made out of 100% palm
wax. Owner and President Barbara Hall says that her
suppliers are associated with the Roundtable on
Sustainable Palm Oil, an international organization
dedicated to the growth and use of sustainable palm oil.
The biodegradable, environmentally friendly wax is
virtually black smoke and soot-free. “Palm wax naturally
produces candles in a unique crystallized pattern. They
glow from the inside out, so you can see part of the
crystallized pattern glowing from underneath the melt
pool,” says Hall. “The wax is water soluble and spills
can be cleaned up easily with soap and water,” she adds.
HOLLY BETH’S NATURAL LUXURY
WHITE BRANCH CANDLES
Hall says that white tea, lavender, and Summertime
Rain scents are the company’s
prefer a contemporary feel, according
three best sellers. Most of the
to Brenda Salmon, co-owner of the
fragrances contain essential oils,
Brownsburg, IN wholesaler. Salmon
and the few that do not are because
reports that their “clean” fragrances
the oils are not available in that
that are delicate to the senses are
particular scent or blend.
the best sellers, with White Tea &
In addition to soy wax and
Ginger topping the list. Eucalyptus
palm wax, Way Out Wax in
Spearmint and Himalayan Retreat, a
Morrisville, VT uses hemp seed
combination of jasmine, florals, and
oil in some of their candles.
patchouli, are also top sellers. Salmon
Anna Barrett, marketing and
says that all candles are made from
media relations representative
100% soy wax with both essential and
says that hemp seed oil is a good
fragrance oils that are blended inhouse.
choice for candle making because
Wicks are 100% cotton.
Soy candles made by BsaB are
it not only increases the burn time
RIVER BEND CANDLE CO.
(like soy wax) but also provides a lustrous finish to
handmade with 100% soy wax, using
pillar candles. The oil is made from pressed seeds of
Multiple choice started out as a greenhouse—once essential oils. Wicks are 100% organic
hemp (cannabis) plants that are low in THC, the
Tracy Sullivan, vice-president of they branched into candles and other cotton and only natural dyes, like
psychoactive molecules known to be found in the
Hillhouse Naturals in Wickliffe, KY, scented items, they stayed with plant- algae-based ones, are used. Kasteler
plants. THC can produce a “high” that affects brain
is proud that the company supports based scents. Company spokesperson, says the company’s glass container
functions such as concentration, memory, and sensory
the U.S. economy by using wax made Rachel Sutherland, says that the candles and the natural bamboo
perception. The manufacturing process of the oil results
from American-grown soybeans in green concept was a part of their aromatherapy ones sell well. The bamboo
in an extremely low or an untraceable amount of THC.
their soy wax candles. Their glass scents from the beginning. Ginger Tea, candles are refillable, decorative pillars
“All of our pillars are made with hemp seed oil and
jar candles and concrete container Eucalyptus Mint and Bamboo & made entirely with plantmaterials.
palm wax,” says Barrett. She adds that container candles
selections are made out of 100% soy Blossoms are their three best sellers.
such as glass tumblers and travel tins are made with
VANCE KITIRA INTERNATIONAL
wax. Votives and pillars contain a little Sutherland says that Greenleaf also Plant materials part deux
100% soy wax and their best-selling candles are the
bit of paraffin so that the candles hold pays close attention to the candles’ Candles made from other natural
Sweet Dreams, Escentual Love, Lavender, Sage,
their shape. Sullivan adds that soy packaging and looks. “You don’t have materials are also popular. There is
and Patchouli aromatherapy candles.
wax cleans up easily with soap and to sacrifice beauty to be eco-friendly. the traditional favorite—beeswax—of
water. Hillhouse Natural’s Living Our candles can go in any room in course. Vance Kitira International in
Green collection is the company’s your home, or your grandmother’s Little Falls, NJ, wholesales a series of
Tracy Sullivan from Hillhouse Naturals says that
best seller. New for 2009 is the home, without sacrificing elegance,” candles made from palm wax, anoth-
retailers have increased their candle sales by
Natural Living collection with key Sutherland says. er renewable plant-based resource.
offering two or three different soy wax candles, or
fragrances of patchouli and ylang Customers drawn to the hand- The oil in the fruits of palm plants is
another item such as a diffuser or linen spray, from
ylang. made soybean candles made by pressed and distilled to make the wax.
the same collection. “Our collections make a statement
Greenleaf, Inc. in Spartanburg, SC White Branch Candles are those who Each of these candles is imprinted
on a retailer’s shelf,” says Sullivan.
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