Why Beeswax? The Benefits of Beeswax Candles?
Beeswax candles are very special and have been valued for hundreds of years. Let’s dig into the benefits of beeswax candles. I think you will find them compelling. And, you just might rethink your candle shopping tendencies.
Candles were once a necessary part of every homestead. Giving light inside the home after the sun had set, evening chores were possible. Today, people still love candles. If you have a love affair with the candle flame, beeswax has a lot to offer.
Beeswax Candles are Less Common
You won’t find a lot (or any) pure beeswax candles on the shelf at the local discount store and there is a good reason for that. Beeswax candles are much less common than candles made from other waxes.
And yes, they are more expensive. The cost of producing beeswax candles plays a large role in them being a bit harder to find.
But they have to consume a lot of food (nectar/honey) to make wax. For every 1-2 pounds of wax produced, the bees lose production of around 6 pounds of honey.
The main reason for the increased cost of beeswax candles is the energy required by bees to produce wax. Honey bees produce wax from glands on their bodies.
Candles are only one project where beeswax is useful. Beeswax has many uses around the home – not just inside a beehive!
Candles made from pure beeswax are a renewable resource. And they produce a bright, white light (in the same spectrum as sunlight). They are also drip less and clean burning.
Using beeswax candles may even clean the air and make you feel better! More on that topic to come.
Difference Between Using Beeswax and Paraffin for a Candle?
Yes, there are several major differences between candles made from beeswax vs paraffin. There is a reason those paraffin tealight candles are so cheap at the discount stores.
Paraffin is easily available and thus – cheap. It is actually an oil-based petroleum by-product. Paraffin candles contain artificial dyes, synthetic fragrances and other toxic chemicals.
Many of these chemicals are added to this toxic crude oil sludge to make it look and smell attractive.
You will pay less for paraffin candles but may not experience savings in the end. They are drippy and often produce a lot of soot.
Paraffin candles have shorter burn times than those made of beeswax. They won’t last as long.
Let’s see, paraffin candles are petroleum by-products and pure beeswax candles are all natural. Paraffin candles are less expensive but do not give as long a burn time as beeswax.
Instead of being clean-burning and drip-less like beeswax candles, paraffin candles are messy and sooty.
Hmmmm, seems to be a big reason for choosing the benefits of beeswax candles over paraffin.
What are the Health Benefits of Beeswax Candles?
We can easily see that one of the major health benefits of beeswax candles is cleaner burning. By not producing toxic smoke or soot, you should be breathing cleaner air.
Beeswax candles are known for being hypo-allergenic. People with asthma or allergies report fewer problems with beeswax candles.
Benefits of Beeswax Candles to Create Negative Ions?
A burning beeswax candle is a natural ionizer – it emits negative ions. The stuff floating in the air that we don’t want to breath in (dust, dander etc.) – carries a positive charge.
So, the negative ions produced by your beeswax candles helps to neutralize pollutants.
Reducing indoor pollution is a major benefit of using beeswax candles. Perhaps the cleaner air does help asthma and allergies sufferers breathe easier.
And, we can all agree that by not contributing to air pollution beeswax is a good candle choice.
No scientific studies have proven without a doubt that beeswax candles improve your mood. But, many people swear that they do!
Some people choose to burn a beeswax candle in the bedroom a couple of hours before going to bed. (Never leave a candle burning unattended!!) They report better sleep after cleaning the air with the beeswax!
If better sleep is a benefit of beeswax candles, I need to have even more in my home. Maybe the negative ions emitted by the beeswax candle is the secret.
Or perhaps the heavenly, bright light and honey scent is soothing? Either way, there is something extra special about beeswax candles.
Choosing Your Beeswax Candles
If they are less common, how do you shop for beeswax candles? You can find these candles you just may have to do a little research before you purchase.
If you find very inexpensive beeswax candles, I would be extra cautious. Chances are that this candle will not be pure beeswax or it will be imported from China.
Here are some tips you help you in your search for the best candles. You want to make sure you are getting what you want. Know what you are buying.
When you are shopping for beeswax candles, be vigilant. In the United States, current labeling laws only require a candle to be 51% beeswax to carry the beeswax label.
Seriously? That’s nuts. Read labels carefully if you are shopping for pure beeswax candles.
You may also find beeswax candles at local craft fairs. Ask if the seller makes them him/herself. The candle should have a light honey fragrance.
If you enjoy votive candles, I prefer to use a metal holder due to the heat produced by burning beeswax candles. If using glass, be sure it is thick and approved for use with the heat produced by beeswax.
The light-weight inexpensive glass holders may break when exposed to burning beeswax. This causes a fire hazard and danger of cuts or burns. Choose a heavy duty holder if you prefer glass.
Mixing Beeswax with Other Oils
Some folks want a “designer candle” that still allows them to enjoy some of the quality of beeswax candles.
That’s okay. Just be sure that you know what you are buying. And , remember my comment about the beeswax candle label.
Some types of candles are very popular but they are not 100% pure beeswax. I wish the advertisers would make that information clearer. But I will admit that the candles are very pretty.
If you prefer to mix beeswax with another oil, such as, coconut or soy, you can. While these mixtures do not qualify as pure beeswax, there may be situations where the blend would be a good choice.
Some candle makers like the blend when making candles in glass jars – it provides a cooler burning candle.
When you buy beeswax candles you are supporting beekeepers and the beekeeping industry. Search around your neighborhood, perhaps you have a local beekeeper. I know he/she would greatly appreciate your business.
Make Your Own Beeswax Candles
Purchasing beeswax to make your own candles, can be a lot of fun and a great Winter family project.
Candle making materials are fairly easy to find. With a little preparation and knowledge, you can create some great candles for your home or gift giving.
Benefits of Beeswax Candles
- all natural
- no added colors or fragrances necessary
- dripless in a draft free area
- clean burning – no soot
- may clean air and/or improve mood
- made from beeswax – renewable resource
Pure beeswax candles are available online (and sometimes I have a few in my Etsy store during the off season).
I would suggest that you only purchase beeswax candles (or raw wax) made in the USA.
This will give you the best chance of enjoying all the benefits of beeswax candles burning brightly in your home.