Beyond Earth Day: New Powder Cooks Up Wax Candles in Minutes From Used Vegetable Oil

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A typical kit to make candles from used cooking oil includes a bag of candle powder, cotton wicks and wick stabilizers.

A typical kit to make candles from used cooking oil includes a bag of candle powder, cotton wicks and wick stabilizers., curator of eco-friendly artware, housewares, and gifts has discovered the ultimate ecologically sound answer to the vexing question, “How do I properly dispose of my used cooking oil?” The answer is: “Don’t dispose of it. Make a candle from it instead.”

A typical kit to make candles from used cooking oil includes, a bag of candle powder, cotton wicks and wick stabilizers.

The innovative, patented powder, produced by a company called The Greatest Candle Company in the World. transforms used oil irreversibly into candle wax while it also neutralizes food odors at the same time. All that’s needed is a microwave to make it happen. One 4-ounce can of the powder creates six, 4-ounce candles which take an hour to solidify after they are poured. Each will burn for 30 hours. has added The Greatest Candle kits to its collection under both the Tabletop Gifts and DIY Crafts categories. “We are very excited about this product not only as a gift but because it is an economical and creative way to recycle used cooking oil," said Reena Kazmann, CEO of

Candles made from the kits are perfect for economical and eco-conscious home décor and dinners, thank-you and housewarming gifts, wedding favors, corporate gifts, fundraisers for churches and schools, and emergency lighting in power outages. The kits themselves make an especially good activity for nature-conscious organizations such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and nature centers.

How it works
To make a recycled-oil candle, just add 1 heaping tablespoon of candle powder to 4 ounces of strained vegetable oil, mix, and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Add 2 more tablespoons of powder, mix again. Next pour the mixture into heat-proof containers. Use the kit’s candle wick holders to place and hold the wicks while the wax cools and becomes solid.

The Neutral mixture may be scented with any essential oil you choose. Add a few drops of your scent while the wax is still liquid. also offers a Kaffir Lime scented version of the powder that creates candles with a light citrus scent with a hint of spice.

Kits include powder, wicks, and full instructions, and are packaged in 100% recycled tin cans and cardboard boxes. The 4-ounce kit sells for $30, and the larger kit with 100 ounces of powder that will create 150, 4-ounce candles, $76.

To view a video of the candle-making process, visit
[Recipe Update: Add 1 Tablespoon of powder to oil before heating in the microwave, then mix 2 tablespoons of powder to the oil after cooking it.]

For additional information about or The Greatest Candle kits, or to request a 3-tablespoon sample of powder – enough to make one 4-ounce candle — contact Reena Kazmann at reena(at)eco-artware(dot)com

About The Greatest Candle Company in the World
Now available in the U.S. for the first time, The Greatest Candle powder was originally introduced in Europe, and brought to North America by business partners and green entrepreneurs Sean Reavis, from the U.S., and Gustavo Geraldes, from Portugal. No animal products were used in developing their products.

About is a web-based gallery of stylish, well-made, eco-friendly products created by independent artists. All products in the collection are designed to enable us to live well while living lightly on the earth. Reena Kazmann founded the company in 1999. "I recycled and reused before and after it became chic," she said. The complete product catalog can be seen at

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