Vermont Soy Wax is a new company, and it makes its products from soy wax. Vermont Wax has made environmental issues a chief component of its business plan. According to the company, soy wax is a cleaner substance than paraffin, which is derived from crude oil, and cheaper to manufacture than beeswax.
What does that mean for the aficionado? According to a company spokesman, an 8 oz. soy wax candle will burn longer, about 50 hours, than a paraffin candle, and will burn clean -- not producing any black smoke or soot. An infusion of essential botanical oils are intended to remove odors rather than masking them with a strong perfume.
We tested them in our smoky offices. The candle definitely helps to neutralize the smell of smoke, but it also leaves a citronella-like smell in the room, which some may find unpleasant. The Clean Air spray is applied to your clothing with the same effects. The citronella-like smell does dissipate quickly after use, but is potent initially.
The Odor Neutralizing soy candle retails for $11.99 and the Clean Air spray for $8.99 per 4 oz. container. Available at fine tobacconists and natural food stores.
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