I found this wonderful beeswax candle shop in Santa Fe and brought some candles back to California. I really liked this family owned and run business and learned a lot about the benefits of beeswax. I share some info from their website http://www.santafecandle.com/ below:
Most candles: toxic leftovers.
Most commercial candles are made of poisonous chemicals. Paraffin is petroleum industry waste that is bleached (adding dioxin and other poisonous chemicals) and texturized with acrolyn. Stearic acid, a byproduct of the meatpacking slaughterhouses, is added as a hardener. Often candles are highly scented with artificial, synthetic oils and marketed to “freshen” our precious air. Of course they don’t actually freshen or deodorize anything, they just mask smells with chemicals stronger and dangerous to our health.
“Aromatherapy” candles may be some of the worst, and marketing takes advantage us using nice names like “harmony”, “rejuvenation” and “bliss”. Some companies use good quality essential oils and the focus our attention on that fact, but they are in a paraffin candle. This makes no sense to us, and we trust that intelligent people will see through all the nonsense, however poetic and “spiritual”.
According to the American EPA, paraffin candles are known to release carcinogens like benzene and toluene. When burned, they spew choking toxins and black soot as harmful to our health as second-hand tobacco smoke that coats our walls, our art and our lungs. Just try breathing directly over a lit paraffin candle and you’ll know immediately how poisonous it is.
The American Lung Association says “Refrain from burning scented or slow-burning candles that have additives. This is such a serious issue that the insurance industry is issuing stern warnings – and policies.
More and more candles are being made with vegetable waxes such as soy and palm.
This is a great improvement over chemical candles in all terms, but as an aesthetic matter, they burn at a very low temperature and give off a cold, eerie light. Also, though quite clean-burning, they do not possess the same magical qualities as beeswax.
Beeswax: made from flowers by honeybees. Solid sunlight™.
Beeswax is different: all natural, non-toxic, non-polluting, non-allergenic, and with a delicious honey-sweet aroma. A perfect, renewable resource, beeswax is made by the female worker bee for honeycomb, which safely contains their honey and the Queen’s baby bees.
To produce one pound of beeswax, the worker bees eat about ten pounds of honey (yum), fly 150,000 miles, and visit 33 million flower blossoms! Beeswax is precious stuff.
Pure beeswax is healthy
Beeswax produces negative ions that actually clean your air of odors, pollens, smoke, dust, dust mites, viruses and other allergens and hazards – the only known fuel to do so. As does a rainstorm, beeswax candles leave your air fresher and cleaner – they are a true air purifier. They are the only candle for anyone with chemical sensitivities or allergies.
Increasing negative ions in the air and on the body, such as when one bathes in water, improves mood and sense of wellbeing.
With increased negative ions, studies show:
- Improved air quality
- Improved sleep
- Enhanced immune system
- Relief from hay fever & allergies
- Less severe asthma attacks
- Improved concentration
- Balancing of hormones
- Natural detoxification
- Sense of wellbeing
It achieves a very efficient and complete burn (mostly to carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor) and thus burns brighter, hotter, cleaner, and longer than any other wax. When properly made and burned, beeswax candles are smokeless and dripless. Measured by burn time, beeswax candles are usually a better value than boutique paraffin – even when they appear to cost more.
But beware: because of lax labeling laws and consistent lobbying by chemical candle makers, a candle may be labeled “beeswax” if it contains as little as 10% beeswax – the balance is probably paraffin. Also be suspicious of labels simply stating “natural”. If the label doesn’t say “100% beeswax” or “pure beeswax”, it almost certainly is not. Buy 100% Beeswax!