Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: The Galaxy
100% Beeswax Candles
Ninety-five percent of candles are made with the sludge left over from the fuel industry. They contain all the toxins, probably more that settled in the bottom, of the original fuel. Burning the candles made from this toxic mix releases all that poison in your home, and you are breathing it.
Using soy candles are almost as bad as the soybeans they are made of because they are usually GMO that have been sprayed with toxins that will damage your health. There are candles on the market that say they are made with beeswax, but unless they state that they are 100% beeswax, they can actually have as low as 5% beeswax.
BEESWAX Candles Versus PARAFFIN Candles
1. BEESWAX: 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.
2. BEESWAX: 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.
3. BEESWAX: 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.
4. BEESWAX: 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.
5. BEESWAX: 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.
6. BEESWAX: Burn stronger and brighter. Emit naturally bright light of the same light spectrum as the sun (Green Rhino Spectrum, Solar Spectrum). 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.
7. BEESWAX: 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.
8. BEESWAX: 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.
9. BEESWAX: Hypo-allergenic, benefit those with environmental allergies, sensitivities, and asthma.
PARAFFIN: Are to be avoided by those with allergies or asthma conditions.
10. BEESWAX: Originate from a renewable fuel - beeswax.
PARAFFIN: Originate from a non-renewable resource - petroleum.
Hang on, what about soy candles? Don't they make a healthy choice as well? Like paraffin wax, soy candles have a lower meting point and hence do not burn as strong and bright as beeswax candles. But the biggest drawback of soy candles is that they will spoil without preservatives. Additives, bleach and hardeners are common ingredients of soy candles. Also, soy candles are mostly made from genetically modified soy crops that are heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides.
From the SAVANNAH BEE COMPANY website:
So many occasions call for the warm glow of candlelight. Next time you need to create a warm or romantic mood make sure to select an assortment of 100% pure beeswax candles from Savannah Bee. Beeswax candles are 100% natural, nontoxic, and hypoallergenic. Beeswax candles are very clean burning and they last nearly twice as long as paraffin-based candles. Beeswax burns bright and smoke-free. As your beeswax candle burns and the wax begins to melt, the delicate scent of honey will fill your room naturally. Our beeswax candles are completely paraffin free, free of artificial colors, and use no artificial fragrance. Next time you need the relaxing, romantic glow of candlelight make sure you have 100% beeswax candles on hand from Savannah Bee. Our candles are made by hand in the USA! The Gold Beeswax Beehive Candle has been molded from a 3X6 pillar candle so the 3X6 dimensions hold for this product with a little bit of taper toward the top of the beehive. The Gold Beeswax Tea Light Candles are housed in recyclable clear plastic containers.
For bees to make wax, the temperature must be between 91 and 97 degrees F. Worker bees have four pairs of wax-producing glands on the underside of the abdomen that secrete the wax that is used to build honeycomb.
Wind down, light some therapeutic beeswax candles, curl up in the sofa with a cup of hot tea and let the stress of the day melt away.
"I DIDN'T COME THIS FAR JUST TO COME THIS FAR."