World AIDS Day: Candles That Donate

Since it’s World AIDS Day, I thought I would feature a couple candles that contribute to treating and/or eliminating the disease.

First up is (diptyque) RED, which is a special edition candle that donates 10% of the proceeds to the Global Fund, helping to eliminate AIDS in Africa. It contains “sweet notes of Madagascar vanilla, tobacco, fresh Rooïbos and undertones of wood and balsam.”

Then there’s Elton John, who is famous for raising funds and bringing attention to AIDS.

His latest candle is Sir Elton John’s Holiday Candle, sold through NEST fragrances.

It’s a blend of evergreen needles, balsam and citrus. Find it in specialty stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. It’s also online at

Besides contributing financially (or instead of), we can all help fight prejudice against AIDS, raise awareness and help others. Join a candle light vigil, wear a red ribbon and learn more from others. World AIDS Day helps highlight these things, but ideally we’ll do something all year long.


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