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10 Reasons You Should Switch to Beeswax Candles (#8 is Wow!)

If you are currently burning candles at home and price is not always the the number one reason for these, there are many good reasons for you why candles made of beeswax are so much more healthy and why you should switch to these candles.

BEESWAX CANDLES VERSUS PARAFFIN CANDLES

Beeswax

1. Rare and expensive. Beeswax costs about 10 times more than paraffin. It is estimated that the bees must fly 150,000 miles to collect enough nectar to produce six pounds of honey just to secrete one pound of wax. And for every 100 pounds of honey harvested, the beekeeper can only obtain about 1-2 pounds of the beeswax.

Paraffin

Easily available and cheap. Paraffin candles make up 95% of the world’s candle production. A pack of 100 paraffin tealight candles from Ikea costs less than ten bucks.

Beeswax

2. Created by the bees, 100% natural, all chemical-free. Oldest candle known to man and prized since ancient times. (Note: There are no regulations on disclosing candle ingredients. Candles labelled as “beeswax” may be predominantly made of paraffin and contain as little as 5% beeswax. Look for “100% pure beeswax candles”.

Paraffin

An oil-based, highly refined petroleum by-product that contains up to 11 toxic compounds and chemicals such as benzene and toluene. Emit toxic diesel exhaust-like fumes.

Beeswax 

3. Environmentally friendly and safe, non-toxic. Burn very clean with little smoke when trimmed properly as they are not oil-based. 100% beeswax candles are natural, undergoes no chemical processing and biodegradable.

Paraffin

A black sludge that is treated with 100% industrial strength bleach to change its colour to white, creating toxic dioxins. Acrolyn, a carcinogenic chemical is then added to solidify the white sludge. The end result is an extremely toxic product. By burning these candles, you produce the same toxins. If you really know how poisonous paraffin candles are, you would dump them and stop polluting the air in your home.

Beeswax 

4. Smell great as they are naturally scented by the honey and floral nectar in the honeycomb; carbon-neutral.

Paraffin

Contain artificial dyes and synthetic fragrances which also produce toxins and stains when burned, adding to the environmental damage. Some paraffin candles contain lead wicks.

Beeswax 

5. Have a high melting point (in fact the highest among all known waxes) which results in a significantly longer (2-5 times) burn time and drip very little, if any at all. This offsets their higher cost.

Paraffin

Not as efficient. Short burning and drip excessively, which means that they may not be that economical after all. Additional chemicals can be added to reduce dripping.

Beeswax 

6. Burn stronger and brighter. Emit naturally bright light of the same light spectrum as the sun. They are a gift from nature!

Paraffin

Produce a flame that is not as strong and brilliant. Cannot evoke the same natural ambience of warmth and style as beeswax.

Beeswax 

7. Burn with even more beauty with age. Over time, beeswax develops a white film (especially in cooler climate), which is deemed as a very desirable feature.

Paraffin

Synthetic waxes do not bloom as time passes.

Beeswax 

8. The only candle that emits negative ions to purify, cleanse, improve air quality, and invigorate the body. A natural ionizer!

Paraffin

Produce harmful black soot that leaves streaks of black residue and stains home interior surfaces

.Beeswax 

9. Hypo-allergenic, benefit those with environmental allergies, sensitivities, and asthma.

Paraffin

Are to be avoided by those with allergies or asthma conditions.

Beeswax

10. Originates from a renewable fuel – beeswax.

Paraffin

Originates from a non-renewable resource – petroleum.