You may have heard that sustainable candles are better for the environment and for your health. However, a lot of people don’t realize just how much of a positive impact choosing eco-friendly beeswax candles can have.
At Weax and Wicks, we believe that the more we understand about the products we buy, the more empowered we are as individuals to change the world for the better. So, we’ve put together answers to common questions our customers have about the world of sustainable candle making.
Don’t underestimate the power of each seemingly small choice you make – we can create a positive, lasting impact, one candle at a time. Browse our selection of natural beeswax candles and let your light shine.
What’s the Difference Between a Normal Candle and a Sustainable One?
All candles are made from some type of wax. When a candle maker or home décor brand talks about sustainable candles, they are referring to candles made from a natural, sustainable wax such as soy or beeswax.
While traditionally candles were made from melting natural-based waxes such as bayberry, tallow (rendered beef fat), and beeswax, since the Industrial Era, manufacturers have been using paraffin wax, which is petroleum-based.
Today, most standard candles are made from paraffin – it’s easy to work with, inexpensive, and it has a relatively low melting point. The problem is, it’s not good for your lungs or for the environment. Using paraffin just adds to the unsustainable demand for petroleum.
Why Are Paraffin Candles Bad for the Air?
Paraffin wax also doesn’t have a clean burn – using a paraffin candle can introduce toxins into the air. You’re essentially adding the same toxins produced by burning diesel fuel into your home when you light a paraffin candle. No matter what scents are used to cover up the toxins, they’re still there.
What Happens When You Burn a Beeswax Candle?
We’ve been using beeswax for candle making for thousands of years – the Ancient Egyptians used beeswax for their candles.
Unlike paraffin, beeswax doesn’t introduce any soot or toxins into the air. Some even use beeswax candles to help purify the air – these candles release negative ions, which can bind with toxins, thus removing them from the air.
Which Wax Burns the Longest?
Sustainable candles made from soy and beeswax are also longer-lasting. Both of these natural waxes burn more slowly than paraffin. While they are generally more expensive, when you consider the longer burn time, the clean air, and the reduced eco footprint, you’re getting a greater value with sustainable candles.
At Weax and Wicks, we take sustainability and supporting the environment one step further. Not only do we produce beautifully-scented natural candles but we also give 10 percent of our profits to bee rescue and conservation efforts. We believe supporting bees is one of the best ways to support the ecosystem as they play such a vital role.
Don’t underestimate the power of each seemingly small choice you make – we can make this world a better place, one candle at a time. Browse our selection of natural beeswax candles and let your light shine.