Not All Candles Are Equal - Why Beeswax Candles Are Better
Why Burning Beeswax Candles Is Better Than Artificial Waxes
Beeswax is a completely natural product that can be used to make all sorts of handmade creations, with candle making being one of its more common uses.
What you may not know is why it’s a good thing to burn pure beeswax candles rather than manufactured wax candles.
One thing is for sure, not all candle wax is created equal!
Beeswax Is A Natural Product
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Unlike soy, palm and paraffin wax, natural beeswax is used essentially in its pure, unadulterated state. Produced entirely by hard-working bees, it is a completely natural and sustainable product, that is as long as we look after the bees!
Banning the use of neonicotinoids, (a poison regularly sprayed all over our food!) would be a great start.
However, I digress…that’s a whole other blog post!
Beeswax Candles Don't Drip Or Create Black Smoke
Beeswax candles are almost drip-less and smokeless, unlike paraffin candles that burn away very quickly and drip excessively. Burning a paraffin candle also gives off a petrol-like odour and produces a black sooty smoke that not only pollutes the air but will also eventually stain the surrounding area.
Soy candles often contain chemical additives that stop them from dripping, but the negative side effect is, of course, that you're breathing in the toxic fumes as they burn.
Beeswax Candles Burn For A Long Time
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100% pure beeswax candles can burn up to three times longer than paraffin wax. Artificial wax candles, especially soy, are likely to contain a cocktail of chemicals to increase burn time and to help produce a small white flame.
Beeswax Candles Are Said To Purify The Air As They Burn
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Studies show that beeswax contains negative ions that can bind with toxins and pollutants, removing them from the air.
Burning beeswax is also helpful in eliminating any odours, mould and dust particles in the air which is great news for allergy sufferers as it can help relieve symptoms.
Like Your Candles Scented?
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Candles made from pure beeswax emit a deliciously subtle, honey-like fragrance that doesn’t require any additional fragrance.
However, if you do prefer scented beeswax candles, make sure to always use pure essential oils when making your own or when purchasing ready-made candles.
Manufactured Candles Can Be A Health Hazard
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Paraffin and soy are both manufactured waxes that contain added chemicals that help stabilise the burn time and to enhance any added scent. These types of candles, especially those scented with synthetic fragrances, can essentially increase indoor air pollution while they burn.
The synthetic fragrances that are commonly used to scent these candles often contain phthalates which is a hazardous chemical that has been linked with abnormalities such as congenital disabilities and reproductive problems.
About Soy Wax Candles
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Soybeans are a crop that’s frequently grown from genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and routinely sprayed with insecticides and pesticides.
Soy wax, a derivative of the soybean, is often mixed with petroleum-based paraffin and scented with a synthetic, phthalate-based fragrance.
Although soy candles are slightly better than conventional paraffin, they are still nowhere near as beneficial as beeswax candles.
Why You Should Avoid Paraffin Wax Candles
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Paraffin wax is an unsustainable, cheap by-product derived mainly from the petroleum industry. The manufacturing process of petroleum products is one of the biggest environmental contributors to carbon dioxide.
Paraffin contains several known carcinogen compounds that when burned emits fumes similar to those produced by a car’s exhaust system. This is not something you’d want inside your home!
In a nutshell, burning paraffin wax decreases air quality, especially when used indoors.
Want To Make Your Own Beeswax Candles?
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When buying beeswax to make your own candles, always look for minimally processed, unbleached beeswax with no additives.
Beeswax should not be overheated at any stage. If this happens, it can leave the wax with a burnt smell and can turn it a dark brown colour. Overheating will also alter the physical and chemical structure of the wax.
Beware of buying cheap beeswax from overseas
Research by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council has discovered products from China can be fake and pose a biosecurity risk. They found some so-called beeswax to be up to 80% paraffin, and secondly, it contains chemical residue from treatments used for the varroa mite.
Pay a little more and buy quality, locally produced wax!
Collombatti Naturals premium beeswax is 100% produced in Australia and is free from impurities making it perfect for all applications.
Available in small 100g packs and also in larger amounts for creative enthusiast.