First, the bad news.
Sadly, many commercial candle companies still use paraffin wax in their candles. Paraffin wax is a by-product of heating or distilling petroleum, also known as crude oil. When you burn a candle, the melted wax vaporizes through a combustion reaction, where hydrocarbons interact with oxygen to break into its two components: hydrogen and carbon. With paraffin candles, this combustion process also releases toxic chemicals such as toluene, a benzene derivative and known carcinogen for humans, making some popular store-bought candles the greatest culprit for in home air pollution. These pollutants contribute to health issues like asthma, headaches, sleeplessness, and anxiety. In addition to paraffin wax in these candles, you can often find synthetic perfumes, blends and dyes containing phthalates which are essentially synthetic chemicals used to make plastics flexible and products smell good, not to mention a major endocrine disruptor. If you're someone who already makes good decisions when it comes to sustainable, eco-friendly products for your home, then clean-burning beeswax candles are a great choice for you and your loved ones (pets included).
Now for the good news!
Beeswax has always been known for its simplicity and superiority. This natural wax produced by honeybees was first discovered by humans over 9,000 years ago and was most likely used for a variety of applications such as a waterproofing agent for pottery vessels, fuel, and religious ceremonies. Candles made with beeswax burn clean and produce negative ions that purify the air, similar to air purifiers, ridding your home of allergens, toxins and dust. While burning, the beeswax emits a calming golden glow similar to the sun creating a cozy, serene environment. Many individuals with asthma or respiratory issues are known to burn beeswax candles to help their breathing. Due to its higher melting point, beeswax burns 3 to 5 times longer than other waxes. A favorite benefit of ours is that burning a beeswax candle is known to stimulate the pituitary gland, increasing creativity, dream activity and intuition.