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Nat­u­ral and ecofriendly ideas

The flick­er­ing and en­velop­ing scent of a lux­u­ri­ous can­dle is so en­tic­ing, but not all its in­gre­di­ents are good for you or the en­vi­ron­ment. Those made from paraf­fin wax with a syn­thetic fra­grance may con­tain harm­ful car­cino­gens that can be as bad for your health as sec­ond­hand smoke. De­spite be­ing non-toxic when burn­ing, can­dles made with palm oil are worth avoid­ing as grow­ing the plants for this causes se­ri­ous de­for­esta­tion. Safer op­tions in­clude Beeswax

(Try Matilda Goad, £35 for six).

It’s non-toxic when burned and re­leases neg­a­tive ions that bind with tox­ins al­ready in the air to clean it. Soy-based can­dles of­fer the green­est al­ter­na­tive.

(Try Pure Thoughts, £16).

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