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Sagebrush & Pinon Soy Candle

My reasons for reviewing the Sagebrush & Pinon candle from Soy Candles by Phebes were somewhat self-serving. I was intrigued by the name, and I wanted to try my hand at writing a product review. Ama encourages reviewers to do a little research before requesting items for review, but I happily assumed a candle that smelled like sage would be a welcome accoutrement to any abode. So it was to my great amusement when I discovered the candle scent described on the Soy Candles by Phebes website as “a rich and earthy scent that will fill your room with the scents of the great western desert. Woodsy with the particular evergreen scent evoked by the images of cactus and sagebrush tumbleweeds. A true one of a kind masculine scent.”

By the time my candle arrived in the mail, my curiosity was piqued. The 8.5 oz. candle arrived in a small brown cardboard box with a colorful label illustrating sagebrush and pinon. A white candle in a glass candleholder, it reflected simplicity and a lack of pretension. I’m a converted believer in aromatherapy—upon lighting the candle, the air seems to take on the scent of a natural western setting at dusk, or what I might imagine it to be. When I burn this candle, I can almost see the cowboys riding back through the sagebrush and pinon to the campfire after a hard day’s work.

For those Americans looking for a homegrown soy candle, look no further. Per the website: _Soy Candles by Phebes are made in Atlanta, Georgia. We hand pour your candle at the time of order, using only essential oils and premium plant derived fragrance oils. We blend this with 100% American grown soy beans...Soy Candles by Phebes are biodegradable, hypoallergenic, almost completely soot free, eco friendly and vegan owned and operated._I didn’t have much familiarity with soy candles before receiving this product. I discovered after a little research that soy wax is environmentally friendly because, unlike paraffin candles, which are made from petroleum, soy candles are made from a renewable source—burning of soy candles doesn’t increase CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Among other advantages, soy candles last up to fifty percent longer than paraffin candles. If you’re not entirely convinced, gift yourself with a soy candle from Phebes, or add a few to your holiday shopping list. Shipping is free, which is always a great selling point.

Written by: Gita Tewari, November 3rd 2009