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The Advantages of Beeswax Candles

Updated on January 23, 2020

Beeswax candles are a wonderful alternative to candles made with paraffin oil or synthetic wax, which release chemicals that can have adverse effects on our health. Beeswax candles have been around for a long time, and despite the fact that there are several newer materials and methods available for candlemaking, many people still prefer beeswax candles over any other type.

The overriding popularity of beeswax stems from the fact that it is a completely natural product. Beeswax is a by-product of the honey-making process. When bees collect nectar from plants, they turn it into honey and other products, two of which are royal jelly and beeswax. When lit, beeswax candles emit a distinctive honey-like scent, which is at once sensual and relaxing. This natural aroma is often used to induce a calming ambiance which is ideal for spiritual and healing sessions. It is naturally therapeutic and does not require the addition of synthetic oils or fragrances.

Why Choose Beeswax Candles

Switching to beeswax candles can really help if you suffer from allergies. Paraffin candles have been demonstrated to emit toxic chemicals such as benzene and toluene into the air. If you are sensitive to chemicals and pollutants and have had problems with burning candles in the past, it's possible that burning beeswax candles instead of paraffin may resolve the issue.

Beeswax candles are more expensive than other candles. However, they have a longer burn time since they burn more slowly than other types of wax. Beeswax also burns completely, resulting in a minimum of waste.

Types of Beeswax Candles

You can find candles made of beeswax in just about every style. There are tapers, pillars, votives, tea lights, birthday candles, galas, and other shapes and sizes. You can find a beeswax candle to fit any candle holder you own.

These candles are typically light brown or honey colored. However, dyed beeswax candles are available in many colors. Bleach is sometimes used to lighten the natural color. The bleach may dilute the aroma to a small degree, but it does not negatively impact the beneficial qualities of the candle.


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