One of life's simple pleasures is lighting a candle at the end of a stressful day, and enjoying the peace and relaxation it brings. Sadly, the seemingly harmless act of lighting a candle, may also be filling the air around you with lead emissions and carcinogenic soot.
Drishti Candles was born out of a desire for an alternative to toxic, chemical-infused candles. We use only natural ingredients in our candles - sustainable palm wax, essential oil and pure cotton wicks (free from lead and zinc). We recycle packaging where ever possible, and choose courier satchels made from 80% recycled material.
OUR CHOICE OF WAX . . .
Environmental responsibility is a critical component of who we are. We are very aware of the controversy surrounding palm wax. Our candles are made from sustainably-source palm wax. We work with a small, family-owned company, who is a member of RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil), and produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO). They are also involved with Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
Palm oil is an amazing crop and yields more oil per square meter than any other plant-based crop. It is natural, non-toxic and uses no pesticides. It has a longer shelf life, so less chance of rancidity.
We choose to stay away from petroleum-based products, such as paraffin wax, as there are a great deal of studies that confirm that they give off toxic fumes when burnt.
We do not use soy waxes, which come from America, which is typically genetically modified and uses large amounts of pesticides, as it is a mono crop. Soy is also strongly linked to huge deforestation, albeit less widely known.
Beeswax is amazing, however, there are very limited supplies that come at a premium, due to the terrible colony-collapsing issues that bees face.
Unfortunately, within the candle industry, there is no ideal wax, no "silver bullet". We fully acknowledge the environmental considerations around waxes, and that there are conflicting opinions out there. We respect yours may be different from ours, and welcome helpful suggestions for ongoing improvements.