Why My Candles Are Special

WHY BEESWAX?

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!

Why Candles Made With Beeswax Are So Healthy

Bougee Girl Candles Are 50% Pure Beeswax and 50% Pure Coconut wax! Beeswax candles are some of the oldest candles in history. Besides being all-natural, they possess several health benefits. They are reported to improve allergy and asthma symptoms. Like air purifiers, beeswax candles release negative ions that neutralize the particles from air pollutants, rendering them harmless.

They’re far superior in terms of health compared to paraffin candles. People who are sensitive to fragrances often prefer light-scented beeswax to overly perfumed paraffin candles. The problem with paraffin wax lies in its origin. It’s a by-product of petroleum refining and is actually made from the sludge at the bottom of crude oil barrels.

Beeswax emits negative ions much like some electric air purifiers do. Negative ions actually clear air of mold spores, pollen, dander, odors, germs, dust and other nasty particles. Most of these are high in positively charged particles, and in the atomic world, opposites attract.

When the negative ions grab hold of the nasty particles, they become too heavy to remain airborne. So they drop to the floor other other surfaces where, you guessed it, we can clean them right up with a good vacuum or dust cloth.

Several other benefits of negative ions have been noted over the years from various studies. Here are a few:

Increases sense of well-being and mental clarity. Often called a natural anti-depressant, especially for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Improves breathing rate, decreases blood pressure and relieves tension. There’s some evidence that they may combat free radicals in your body too.
Helps you sleep better by normalizing serotonin in the brain.
Reduces headaches and other sickness. One study found that installing negative ion air cleaners in a high-tech work environment reduced employee reports of headaches and illness by 78%.!!

ARE YOUR CANDLES BAD FOR YOU?

Sadly, because of the paraffin wax, harmful fragrance ingredients, and lack of transparency, Yankee Candles cannot be considered safe or non-toxic.

If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to paraffin wax candles, opt for candles made out of natural ingredients. Great examples include 100% beeswax, coconut waxsoy wax, palm wax, or other vegetable wax candles. Beeswax candles produce the least soot, and are considered the most environmentally-friendly and safe overall.

A study conducted at South Carolina State University found that with paraffin candles, this combustion process also releases toxic chemicals such as toluene, which is a benzene derivative, a known carcinogen for humans. Since paraffin wax is derived from petroleum oil, the researchers suggest that using these candles frequently will cause “dangerous pollutants drifting in the air,” which can be harmful when inhaled. They advised consumers to use soy or vegetable-based candles instead, including stearin candles which are made of the oils and fats derived from animals and/or plants.

Bougee Girl Candles are 100% Natural Wax. No chemicals or additives! We use 50% Bees wax & 50% Coconut wax!

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