About five years ago I stopped buying paraffin candles after I discovered that the petroleum-derived wax emits known carcinogens such as formaldehyde, benzene and toluene. Not only that, but each time I placed the candles against bathroom and livingroom walls, they were stained by paraffin soot!
I opted out of spending money on toxic pillars and instead, lit up my apartment with sweet-smelling organic candles. I heard a lot about the benefits of beeswax candles, said to provide allergy and asthma relief and emit negative ions, which help purify the air, but scientific proof has yet to come. A friend introduced me to TruMelange beeswax candles and I have been a devoted patron ever since. Their hand-poured candles come in delectable scents like Pomello, Mandarine Épice and Lavande, and I find them extremely therapeutic.
There is a caveat: although they burn longer than petroleum-based candles, beeswax candles are more expensive, and TruMelange pillars range from $9.50 to $24.50 a pop. After speaking with the nice folks at the company, however, TruMelange agreed to offer RentedSpaces readers an exclusive 20% discount until September 30, 2009 on all candles! Just use code RS09 when purchasing online or over the phone.
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