Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Basil Soy Candle

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Marty Salamone
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Recently I have been going through a bit of a candle shopping spree. I don’t know why it took me over two decades to figure out how nice it is for the ambiance inside my house, but I am happy I eventually figured it out. Through my candle journey, I have learned that many are not sustainably produced. Unfortunately, this candle may be one of them. I was initially drawn to this product because of it’s plant based wax. However, it uses palm oil wax in its formula which is a red flag. Upon further research, it appears that Mrs. Meyers is guilty of greenwashing itself and being opaque to prevent consumers from looking behind the sustainable façade they put up, publishing surprisingly little information on their website on practically everything. There is little to find on where they source their ingredients to where their candles are even manufactured.

what it's made of:


This candle is made from both soy wax and palm oil wax. Palm oil is an extremely controversial ingredient. All suppliers of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day ingredients derived from palm oil are members of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO has been criticized by various sectors.. Issues include the impact of palm oil plantations on the orangutan population; clear cutting tropical rainforest for the new oil palm plantations. The Rainforest Action Network goes as far as to call RSPO a greenwashing tool. Yikes. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day supports sustainable practices in eco-sensitive areas throughout Asia, Africa and South America, like the Brazilian rain forests. Compared to conventional candles (such as the large brand yankee candles) these are improved, sustainable choices for materials. Most candle companies use paraffin wax, which is a byproduct of petroleum made from refined crude oil. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, paraffin wax candles can be a source of indoor air pollution, far exceeding recommended limits. The EPA also states that soot leftover from burning candles may contain carcinogenic toxins like benzene and toluene. The paraffin wax is used because it has a stronger scent when burned, but the soy wax and palm oil wax that Mrs. Meyers uses is sourced from a renewable resource and also does not support the oil industry. The other ingredients used in this candle are fragrances. The candle is packaged in a glass container that is designed for reuse and is the perfect size for a regular drinking glass. 

how it's made:


All Mrs. Meyers candles are manufactured in the United States. However, I unfortunately could not find any information on where in the United States the candles were made. The only concrete location I could find for anything from this company was their lab and headquarters in Minneapolis. It should not be this hard to find simple information about where a product a consumer is purchasing is produced and it is a little shady that it’s not clear. Soy wax is made from soybean plants. The plants are harvested, the beans are cleaned, cracked, de-hulled, and rolled into flakes. The oil is then extracted from the flakes and hydrogenated, then they are mixed and poured into the glass vessels. The majority of soybeans are grown in the United States in the great plains region. Despite being made intentionally to minimize waste, there is a dearth of information regarding what specific farms they source materials from and how they are to work for. Palm wax is an all-natural, renewable resource that is obtained from the oil palm in Southeast Asia. The oil palm produces fruit in bunches which are harvested, and sent to palm oil mills where the oils are extracted, sterilized, clarified and purified into crude palm oil. The crude oil is then sent to palm oil refineries where it is processed further into products such as palm wax. Though advertised as a sustainable alternative, oftentimes the child labor is used to harvest palm oil and tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia are cleared for it’s production, making its use quite questionable when soy wax does the same thing just as well and is not problematic.

who makes it:


Mrs. Meyers makes a collection of household products that smell like herbs and nature. All of their products are made with natural and “thoughtfully chosen ingredients” and all packaging is recyclable. Upon first glance, it seems that they are a sustainable, earth friendly company but upon further inspection they make some questionable choices and are guilty of greenwashing. Their biggest mistake is the use of palm oil wax in this candle. As it currently stands, there is no transparency from where this palm oil is sourced and the certification they rely on cannot guarantee that they receive palm oil that is not from a clear cut rainforest farmed with child labor. This is a huge red flag. Mrs. Meyers should do better in terms of transparency. I have absolutely no idea whether or not their candles are made with child labor. I would hope that they would take further steps in the future to guarantee that their ingredients are produced ethically and responsibly. It is clear that they think sustainably at least in terms of their packaging and using plant based wax instead of oil based paraffin wax. However, it is damning to not know for sure that child labor was not used at all in their supply chain.