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    Vegan Birthday Candles?

    Anyone know if they exist? I found one kind that you can put on a cake, but I wasn't crazy about it. Basically, you use the same candle from years 1-13. I'd rather just use some simple small candles that I can put on a cake if they exist. Maya has her first birthday coming up on April 5th.
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    Plant-Based Person Ariann's Avatar
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    What is non-vegan about birthday candles?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ariann View Post
    What is non-vegan about birthday candles?
    Candles are usually made with beeswax, and/or tallow (a slaughterhouse product)

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    wow, i had no idea most candles weren't vegan.

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    There are soy wax vegan candles available. Spidermonkey, you might check out this site... http://www.somethingforthewickend.co...Candles_4.html

    Some places I found on the web seemed to have a variety of vegan candles, but some so-called vegan candles still had beeswax.

    I went through PeTA's whole list of links to vegan candle companies and didn't find birthday candles. Spidermonkey, you might have to get a big old taper candle and cut it down a bit. Or make your own. Here is a link to instructions... http://www.soywaxcandles.org/
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    Peaceful Warrior VegeTexan's Avatar
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    Are you having a birthday party, baby shower or any other event that you would like to have custom candles made?? I can make them!
    http://www.forumcityusa.com/viewtopi...=soywaxcandles

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    Plant-Based Person Ariann's Avatar
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    I thought beeswax was primarily used in pricier candles and that petroleum products were most commonly used in other kinds of candles. Are there really companies still making tallow candles?

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    Yes, but like you say, petroleum products are very commonly used, and besides those being bad for the environment, they give off toxic fumes. 'Eco-friendly companies' use beeswax. Soy wax seems the best choice from what I have read today.

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    ^I wouldn't be all that concerned about a few seconds of birthday-candle toxicity. Maybe once my birthday cake has as many candles as yours, though, I'll start being concerned. Oh, wait, I mean: blah, blah blah.

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    Plant-Based Person Ariann's Avatar
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    Yeah, petroleum products in this context don't really bother me. This is why I was under the impression that your standard store-brand birthday candles would be vegan (maybe not non-toxic, but vegan).

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    I assumed candles were either petroleum or beeswax, that tallow was passé, but when I brought home a big box of candles from IKEA for my wedding, I was surprised, disappointed and angry that they were tallow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by La Végétalienne View Post
    ^I wouldn't be all that concerned about a few seconds of birthday-candle toxicity. Maybe once my birthday cake has as many candles as yours, though, I'll start being concerned. Oh, wait, I mean: blah, blah blah.

    LOLOLOL, damn you're good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegeTexan View Post
    Spidermonkey, you might have to get a big old taper candle and cut it down a bit. Or make your own.
    Or make a really big birthday cake!

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    Hey, thanks for the response and suggestions everyone! I guess I was ultimately hoping to find soy birthday candles, but I don't think they exist. I think I'm going to light a nice soy candle and put it next to her cake for this birthday.
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    I didn't think of this before, but etsy.com has a ton of shops that make vegan and soy candles. I bet some of those shops would make custom orders of birthday cake candles.

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