Does it really matter what type of candle you burn? Well, you may find the benefits of beeswax candles rather compelling. And, you just might rethink your shopping tendencies. Beeswax candles are very special and have been valued for hundreds of years. Let’s explore what makes these natural candles so popular.
Paraffin Candles vs Beeswax Candles
To understand everything this natural wax offers, we must compare them to some of the more readily available options.
There is a reason those small tealights are so cheap at the discount stores. They are made with less expensive ingredients. There are times this may not matter.
If you are burning them at an outside even – air quality is not a big issue. However, for inside use – you should consider how clean burning (or not) the ones you are using will be.
Paraffin Candle Properties
Paraffin is probably the king of cheap candles and you will find it as a major ingredients in many different products.
- cheap and easily available
- burns well in most situations
- contain artificial dyes and other toxic substances
- use synthetic wicks
- shorter burn time
- produce soot
Paraffin is easily available and thus – cheap. It is actually an oil-based petroleum by-product. They contain artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances and other toxic chemicals known to be carcinogens.
Many of these chemicals are added to this toxic crude oil sludge to make it look and smell attractive. Who would want an ugly grey stinking candle? What happens when these products are burned? Some of the toxic chemicals are released into the air. (Now I know why that apple pie candle I used to have made my throat itch).
Also, many cheap candles may have synthetic wicks or those that are zinc-cored. Who knows what kinds of chemicals may be released when that wick burns ?
Can you save money with them? It depends on the use. They have shorter burn times so they won’t last as long.You will pay less for paraffin at first but may not experience savings in the end. Also, they are drippy and often produce a lot of soot.
BENIFITS OF BEESWAX CANDLES
- all natural
- produces light spectrum similar to natural sunlight
- no added colors or fragrances necessary
- dripless in a draft free area
- clean burning – no soot
- may clean air and/or improve mood
- made from bee wax – renewable resource
Beeswax candles produce a bright, white light (in the same spectrum as sunlight). They are also drip-less and clean burning.
A natural clean light honey fragrance will be present. They do not need added fragrance that may damage your lungs or irritate sensitive sinuses.
However, if you prefer to add scent to your beeswax candles you can do so with essential oils and other clean products.
Let’s see, paraffin candles are petroleum by-products containing possible toxins and pure beeswax candles are all natural. Hmmmm, seems to be several
Do Beeswax Candles Clean the Air?
Researchers disagree on the air cleaning ability of burning beeswax. But, some feel that they are a natural ionizer – emitting negative ions.
The stuff floating in the air that we don’t want to breath in (dust, dander etc.) – carries a positive charge. So, the negative ions produced by your beeswax candles helps to neutralize pollutants.
If using these candles does reduce indoor air pollution, perhaps that is why asthma and allergy sufferers breathe easier. At the very least, we can all agree that by not contributing to air pollution they are a good choice.
Why do Beeswax Candles Cost More?
You won’t find a lot (or any) pure beeswax candles on the shelf at the local discount store and there is a good reason for that.
They cost more and are less common than those made from other waxes. Only honey bees make this natural wax and there is a limited supply available.
Honey bees produce wax from glands on their bodies. This requires a lot of energy. As the colony works to produce more wax, they produce less honey.
For every 1-2 pounds of wax produced, the bees lose production of around 6 pounds of honey. The beekeeper makes less honey but is able to sell wax to make up for the loss.
Also, there is a great demand for and beauty industry. There just does not seem to be enough to go around and this develops a scarcity.
Why You Should Consider Using Beeswax Candles
Beeswax candles have a lot to offer to those who appreciate quality. They are good for people who suffer sensitivities to other types and are hypoallergenic.
When shopping for candles, I would suggest that you only purchase those made in the USA. This will give you the best chance of enjoying all the benefits of beeswax candles burning brightly in your home. And for elegant ambient lighting consider making some beeswax luminaires too!