Why beeswax candles?
Beeswax Candles—the light in Eskom’s darkness
I love my quiet weekends melting, pouring and rolling beeswax candles for you. I deeply inhaled the thick, honey-fragranced air in my kitchen, as I meditatively poured the golden, molten beeswax. Besides mastering the rare art of beeswax candle making, I also learned along the way some important chemistry and health lessons from my craft. Namely, the toxic effects of paraffin candles and the unique air -purifying properties of 100% beeswax candles. Hundreds of years ago, most candles were made of beeswax. But over the centuries, beeswax candles were gradually replaced by animal fat candles, and then in the last century by paraffin candles.
Paraffin candles are probably the kind you have in your home right now. It sounds innocent enough, but paraffin is made from the sludge at the bottom of barrels of crude oil, which is then treated and bleached with benzene and other chemical solvents to “clean it up” for use in candles. Since burning petrochemical paraffin smells bad, synthetic fragrance oils are added, many of which are irritating and even toxic themselves when they’re burned. Breathing what paraffin candles give off has been compared to breathing diesel fumes.
Did you know that beeswax candles clean the air when they burn?
Beeswax releases negative ions when it burns. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants, and any other junk in the air all carry a positive charge and that is how they can be suspended in the air. The negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, and the neutralized ions are sucked back into the burning candle or fall to the ground. Many air purifiers and water filters harness this effective negative ion technology. Because beeswax candles clean the air and reduce indoor pollutants, they can effectively reduce asthma, allergies, and hay fever. Plus, beeswax candles actually burn slower, so you’ll get more for your money than if you opted for the cheaper versions. There’s not much hard evidence on beeswax’s health benefits, but if it’s possible that something as simple as burning a candle might be able to help your respiratory problems, it’s at least worth a try. During loadshedding, you can makes sure you and your loved ones are getting healthier AND saving money.
Comparison between Beeswax and Paraffin Candles
- Beeswax costs about 10 times more than paraffin.
- It is rare as 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.
- . Environmentally friendly, safe and non-toxic.
- Beeswax candles burn very clean and emit very little smoke. This is because it is not oil based and is 100% beeswax and undergoes no chemical processing. Even better, they are biodegradable!
- Beeswax candles smell great as they are naturally scented by the honey and floral nectar in the honeycomb, furthermore they are carbon-neutral.
- They 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.
- They burn stronger and brighter and emit naturally bright light of the same light spectrum as the sun. They are a gift from nature!
- The only candle that emits negative ions to purify, cleanse, improve air quality, and invigorate the body. A natural ionizer!
- Hypo-allergenic, benefit those with environmental allergies, sensitivities, and asthma. Paraffin: Are to be avoided by those with allergies or asthma conditions
- Easily available and cheap, paraffin candles make up 95% of the world’s candle production.
- 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.
- A black sludge that is treated with 100% industrial strength bleach to change its colour to white, creating toxic dioxins.
- 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.
- Short burning and drip excessively, which means that they may not be that economical after all. Additional chemicals can be added to reduce dripping.
- The flame that paraffin candles produce a flame pales in comparison to the beeswax candle.
- They produce harmful black soot that leaves streaks of black residue and stains home interior surfaces
Be careful, 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. At least you know with your Wynnya Beeswax candle that it is created by the bees. Wynnya candles are 100% natural and completely chemical-free. It is the oldest candle known to man and prized since ancient times.
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