Nothing can beat the beauty and romance of a candlelit dinner, or replace the fun of making a wish before blowing out birthday candles.
Unfortunately, most candles today are made from paraffin wax, a petroleum product. In addition to being a non-renewable resource, paraffin candles also release petro-carbon soot when they burn, which contains a number of known or suspected carcinogens and is also known to blacken walls and ceilings over time.
There are several alternatives to paraffin candles on the market, including palm and soy candles. Though both are cleaner burning than paraffin, they also have harmful ecological consequences. Both soy and palm products are responsible for massive tropical deforestation in Southeast Asia and the Amazon. The palm oil plantations of Indonesia and Malaysia are especially notorious for their abuse of both the environment and the rights of indigenous peoples native to the area. They are also contributing to habitat loss for several of the most endangered animals in the world, including the orangutan, the Sumatran rhino, and the Sumatran tiger.
The most eco-friendly alternative to paraffin candles is natural beeswax candles.
Why Choose Beeswax Candles?
Beeswax has been used to make candles for thousands of years and it is a completely renewable resource. Purchasing beeswax supports beekeepers, who in turn care for one of the most important animals to live on the earth. Up to 1/3 of the human food supply is partially or completely dependent on honeybees for pollination, but honeybees have been struggling in recent years due to a combination of factors including parasites, diseases, pesticide use, and other natural and man-made stressors. A mysterious malady called Colony Collapse Disorder has devastated hives, killing up to 1/3 of all bees in some areas. By supporting the work of beekeepers, you are helping to save these irreplaceable yet increasingly endangered insects.
The environmental benefits aren’t the only reason to choose beeswax candles. Beeswax candles are naturally soot-free and non-toxic. They do not drip or smoke and typically last about four times longer than paraffin candles. Not only that, they contain a pleasant natural fragrance that smells of honey.
Protect Bees and Your Health With These Beautiful Beeswax Candles
Snowflake Double Spiral Candles from the Beeswax Candle Company add an elegant touch to any holiday dinner. The beautiful blue candles feature embossed silver snowflakes and natural fiber wicks, and burn 40 minutes per inch.
The handsome 3×3 Inch Bee Swirl Pillar Candle from Soulshine Beeswax Candles burns 50-60 hours and is decorated with molded bees. Soulshine Beeswax Candles are 100% beeswax with cotton wicks. (Metal cored wicks, common in paraffin candles, may contain lead, which is dangerous to burn.)
Bright, beautiful B-Day Beeswax Candles from Santa Fee Pure Beeswax Candles are perfect for a child’s birthday party! The candles are made from 100% pure beeswax, with cotton wicks and natural dyes. Santa Fe Pure Beeswax Candles donates 5% of profits to environmental and social justice charities.
The One of Each Scent Aromatherapy Collection from Bee Hive Candles combines the beauty of 100% pure beeswax candles with the pleasure of aromatherapy. Using only pure essential oils such as lavender, bergamot, lemon, rosemary, and eucalyptus, Bee Hive Candles has created a perfect collection of aromatherapy candles to relax, invigorate, or inspire.
Beeswax Heart Floating Candles from The Beeswax Co. are made from specially purified beeswax and cotton wicks, and make a perfect touch for romantic dinners, weddings, and other special occasions.