Beeswax candles are the bee's knees of cozy home lighting & ambiance! Not only are they made from a renewable and natural resource, but they also offer a host of benefits that make them a buzz-worthy alternative to traditional paraffin and even modern soy & coconut candles.
When it comes to eco-friendliness, beeswax candles are the Greta Thunberg of the waxy world. It’s the hardest natural wax, requires minimal processing, and is produced to the point of waste by the same bees that pollinate crops and make honey. While soy and coconut plants are self-pollinating, bee’s do help increase pollination and fruit output.
On the other hand, paraffin candles, are derived from petroleum aka the same stuff that makes gasoline, jet fuel, and other infrastructure crucial chemicals. Coconut & soy wax are just hydrogenated coconut & soy oils, which are clean burning and ecofriendly, making then great options but they’re also heavily processed from their natural state creating pollution and waste. Plus, the production of these two materials are rife with exploitation. So, diversifying and limiting your use can be a beneficial choice.
But the benefits of beeswax candles don't stop at their sustainable origins. They're also a healthier option for your home. Beeswax is less allergenic than soy or coconut options. While not allergenic, paraffin candles can cause irritation when burned. They release volatile organic compounds (VOCs), carbon monoxide, benzene, and toluene – the latter are known carcinogens.
When beeswax candles are burned, there’s no soot but they release water vapor, carbon dioxide, and small amounts of organic compounds, such as esters and alcohols. These substances are generally considered to be non-toxic and do not pose a significant health risk. But they are negatively charged ions which attach to and neutralize positively charged pollutants and allergens in the air. This weighs them down to the ground for easy clean up. This makes them the perfect choice for homes with allergies or respiratory issues.
Them esters and alcohols also smell pretty dang good all on their own. Beeswax candles have a natural but subtle honey and nectar scent that's divine. It's like walking through a field of wildflowers. So you can buy pure beeswax candle without any added fragrance for the cleanest candle experience possible!
Beeswax candles are also a better bang for your buck. The burn time for a pound of beeswax, paraffin wax, and coconut wax can vary depending on several factors, including the size and type of candle, the wick size, and the conditions under which the candle is burned. However, as a general rule, the following can be used as a rough estimate:
A pound of beeswax will burn for approximately 65-75 hours.
A pound of paraffin wax will burn for approximately 50-60 hours.
A pound of coconut wax will burn for approximately 50-60 hours.
It's important to note that these are rough estimates, and that actual burn time can vary depending on the conditions under which the candles are burned, as well as the type of wax used. For example, paraffin candles with a larger wick size or those burned in a drafty area may burn more quickly, while candles made from coconut wax or beeswax may burn more slowly due to their slower burn rate.