The Best Type of Candle?

Does it matter what kind of candle you burn? Only if you care about the air you breathe and this lovely planet of ours. Most conventional candles are made from paraffin, though increasingly you’ll find soy-based candles, too. Here’s why beeswax is better than them both.

They’re Healthier. Paraffin candles, especially ones scented with synthetic fragrance oils, can increase indoor air pollution. Synthetic fragrances are commonly used to scent most candles and contain phthalates to stabilize and enhance the scent. Phthalates are a common hazardous chemical known to cause harmful abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. Candles made from beeswax emit a sweet, subtle honey-like fragrance and burn soot-free.

They Help Protect Bees. Bees are threatened from development, pollution, climate change, and pesticides. When we lose bees, we also risk losing all the crops they pollinate. Buying candles made from pure beeswax helps keep bees alive by protecting beehives and the fields bees visit to gather pollen.

They’re Better for the Environment. Unlike paraffin candles, beeswax candles do not rely on any petroleum products. Unlike soy, beeswax production does not require the sole use of large areas of agricultural land. Instead, it supports crop pollination for a healthy food supply around the world.

They Make a Better Candle. Unlike soy, palm and paraffin wax, natural beeswax is used essentially in its native state. There is no bleaching or hydrogenating. Beeswax does not go rancid, has a very long shelf life, and won’t melt or distort.

They Don’t Drip. Beeswax candles are mostly dripless, so you won’t be cleaning wax off a table or tablecloth.

They Burn For a Long Time. 100% pure beeswax naturally burns up to three times longer than paraffin. Many other candle waxes have different degrees of toxic additives to produce longer burn times. Soy wax candles can be long burning by using additives or by providing only a small white flame.

They’re Pretty. Candles come in a natural golden honey color, but they may also be naturally colored in green, red, and other colors. Plus, they come in lots of shapes and sizes. Those include tall tapers for candlesticks, short and tall pillars for centerpieces and dramatic groupings, cute animals like bears and angels, spirals, pinecones, trees, beehives, balls, cubes, votives, and tea lights.

What Else About Soy? Soy comes from soybeans, a crop that is most often grown using GMOs (genetically-modified organisms), which may be heavily sprayed with pesticides and can contaminate other plants. Soy candles also often contain some petroleum-based paraffin. And even though they’re soy, they could be scented with synthetic, phthalate-based fragrances. Though soy candles are better than conventional paraffin, they’re still not as good as beeswax candles.

Where Can You Get Beeswax Candles? Beeswax candles are easily available online, at farmers markets, from local bee keepers, and in food co-ops and natural foods stores. Buy them on sale after major holiday seasons and use them all year round. By the way, beeswax candles make great gifts. They’re a little pricier than conventional candles, so most people don’t buy them for themselves. Give them for the holidays, birthdays, housewarmings, and other special occasions. They’ll be much appreciated.

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195 comments

Sarah A
Past Member 3 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Richard B
Richard B3 months ago

thanks for posting

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Richard B
Richard B3 months ago

thanks for posting

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natasha p
Past Member about a year ago

cool

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara2 years ago

Thanks - rather depends on having bees.

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Clare O
Clare O'Beara2 years ago

We only tend to light candles during a power cut.

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jess b
fly bird2 years ago

thank you for posting.. I think beeswax are the best candles. but they are costly. I wonder, how it effects the bee colonies, removing the wax??
Please share any updated info on palm wax candles, if available. I do not believe they are 'sustainable', on the contrary.

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Amy C.
Amy C3 years ago

good info

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golden s.
star peace3 years ago

nice article

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