Why we love beeswax 

Beeswax candles are some of the oldest candles in history. Besides being 100% bee-made and therefore 100% natural, they possess several health benefits. According to Air Pollution Expert, Philip Owens, EH, PhD, candles containing beeswax are reported to improve allergy and asthma symptoms. Like air purifiers, these candles release negative ions that neutralize the particles from air pollutants. Negative ions actually clear air of mold spores, pollen, dander, odors, germs, dust and other nasty particles. Most of these are high in positively charged particles, and in the atomic world, opposites attract.

Since beeswax candles are 100% bee-made, they're a renewable resource too, unlike the petroleum products used to make paraffin candles. Beeswax also burns much much longer and cleaner than paraffin candles. While burning, beeswax candles emit the same light spectrum as the sun, providing a relaxing, comforting ambiance.

Why we are paraffin free 

Most candles, including many marketed as "all-natural" or "toxin-free," are still made from all or part paraffin wax, a petroleum waste product and byproduct of gasoline production. Paraffin itself is generally regarded as non-toxic; it's actually used in a number of facial products and some is even present in very small amounts in some food. 

However, when paraffin is burned (e.g. in candles), it emits a storm of toxic chemicals, including toluene and benzene, according to a study presented to the American Chemical Society. The researchers say that "frequent candle burning in tight unventilated areas has been implicated in lung cancer, asthma and skin rash."  Toluene and benzene are known to be carcinogens (cancer causing agents). Toluene specifically induces DNA strand break downs which affect the central nervous system.

 

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