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You may be careful about what goes into and onto your body – from food to lotions to mascara – but did you get the memo about candles? Soy wax is the way forward, Green Monday peeps. Oh yes, because, unlike ordinary paraffin wax (from which candles are traditionally made), it doesn’t produce soot or increase carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere when it burns. Oh, and soy candles burn longer, too. (Beeswax has similar properties but is more expensive than soy wax, so ‘natural’ candles tend to be made from the latter).
Winter is the perfect time of year to cozy up to a candle (don’t get too close, mind!), so we were delighted when we received a package of green goodies from Dani Natural Products, the Oregon-based eco-friendly bath and body company, that included soy wax candles!
The simple labeling across the range could use an update, but, as I’ve said before, at least this means the emphasis is placed on the products themselves. That said, a candle, ideally, is designed to be on display even when it’s not in use – and this is where imo, Dani falters slightly, with its stark black lettering. But if we’re talking about functionality, I was definitely impressed with the items I tested from Dani Natural Products. Our review team had the chance to check out three items from this earth friendly bath and body specialist:
First up, the Dani Soy Wax Candles created with 100% soy wax rich with proprietary essential oils for pure scents. All Dani candles are made with non-toxic, pure food-grade ingredients, containing no genetically modified materials. They are also free of paraffin, petroleum, pesticides and herbicides.
I received the candle in linen, which I burned over the course of several long evenings (the total burn time is a generous 60 hours). It actually smelled as it was supposed to – according to the blurb, it’s ‘clean, crisp and fresh. This classic scent is like a basket of clean laundry.’ It was gentle rather than overpowering, but discernible.
Next up, Dani’s Organic Lotion, which like all of Dani items, is made from 100% vegetable oil bases; as well as certified organic ingredients and botanicals. Available in five yummy scents (including grapefruit ginger, mmm -wht), I tested the lotion in plum flower (a native plant of the Northwest) and felt it had a strong, long-lasting fragrance. It was quite sweet yet fruity, and reminiscent of The Body Shop’s Dewberry range (I was a fan in the 1980s – yes, I’m that old!).
Again, all the ingredients are natural, with not a hint of anything synthetic. The lotion absorbed quickly and easily into the skin, and moisturized it well. I got into the habit of rubbing it into my parched soles every night as I lay in bed, and within a few days I noticed a difference.
Members of the wht team also checked out the Organic Bath Bars made from Certified Organic Ingredients. These little pieces of joy are an everyday luxury (share it with others at the guest bathroom sink or keep it all for yourself and use during your morning shower) and are available in 5 pure scents, like lemongrass lavender. They’re also a complete steal at only $4 a pop!
As for the candle and lotion? At $16 for the candle and $14 for the full-size (8oz) body lotion, they’re a pretty good value for money. I believe Dani Natural Products rate four stars. If it weren’t for the rather simple packaging, I’d give them five.
Lesley’s clever words can also be seen on LA Weekly’s food blog Squid Ink.
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