Today there are a huge variety of candles available on the market, made from different types of wax, including paraffin, soy, beeswax and many others. The Natural Light Candle Company produces candles using a unique beeswax blend and believe that beeswax candles are a better alternative to other candles. Here’s why;
BEESWAX: A Love Story
For centuries, candle makers have prized beeswax as the highest quality wax available. During the Middle Ages, when beeswax candles were introduced in Europe they were found to burn more purely and cleaner than their animal fat counterparts, without producing a smoky flame. Beeswax candles were widely used for church ceremonies, but because they were expensive, few individuals other than the wealthy could afford to burn them in the home.
Nowadays, Beeswax – produced by the incredibly industrious honey bee, (didn’t we say that we believe in the awesome power of the little honey bee!) – has proved to be a sustainable, eco-friendly product and is harvested alongside the honey extraction process. Beeswax burns longer (up to 2.5 times than other waxes) and is cleaner in use than paraffin-wax candles as it does not release toxins but in fact releases negative ions which help to cleanse the air.
Bees not only produce honey and wax, but out of 100 crop species which provide 90% of food worldwide, 71 of these are bee-pollinated, thus reducing the need for chemical fertilizers and increasing organic crop yields up to 33%.
Sadly, however, there has been an alarming decline in the global bee population, primarily due to the use of agricultural pesticides used to protect agricultural crops, and which unfortunately have the consequence of being toxic to bees and thereby contributing to the decline of the global bee population. In reaction to this potential pollination problem, the USA has already placed 7 bee species on the endangered list.
In appreciation of the source of the beeswax from which its lovely candles are made, and in awareness of this declining bee population, the Natural Light Candle Company in Bali, Indonesia has launched its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project which has as its goal the establishment by individuals, hotels and villages of over 2,000 bee hives on Bali by 2017.
This goal is also focussed on helping farmers in Indonesia, so that they can continue and grow their beekeeping activities in a sustainable and economical way that directly benefits their families, the farming community, and the honey and wax industry, as well as having an overall positive impact on Indonesia’s natural environment and food resources.
See also here: Queen Bees of Bali and Save the Bees Bali are Heading in the Right Direction
Beeswax & Paraffin Wax Comparison
|Traditional||Beeswax is an all-natural fuel created by bees and is a renewable resource. The wax is collected from honeycombs and transformed into candles. This method of making candles has been used by many cultures for centuries.||Paraffin, on the other hand, is a non-renewable resource as it is a byproduct of the petroleum refining process. Additional chemicals are then used to treat, colour and scent paraffin candles.|
|Hypoallergenic||Beeswax candles can be burned around those with environmental allergies, sensitivities, asthma, or those who are sensitive to chemicals.||Paraffin candles are not hypo-allergenic and their artificial scents can cause reactions in some people too.|
|Clean Burning||When burning, beeswax candles emit negative ions, believed by many sources to clean the air.||Paraffin candles exudes much of the same toxic fumes and soot found in diesel engine exhaust.|
|Longer Burn Time||Beeswax candles have a high melting point (in fact the highest among all known waxes) which results in a significantly longer (2-5 times) burn time and drip very little, if any at all. This offsets their higher cost.||Paraffin candles may initially seem cheaper, but not as efficient. Quick burning and drip excessively, which means that they may not be that economical after all. Additional chemicals can be added to reduce dripping.|
|Brighter Flame||Beeswax candles burn stronger and brighter. Emit naturally bright light of the same light spectrum as the sun. They are a gift from nature!||Paraffin candles produce a flame that is not as strong and brilliant. Cannot evoke the same natural ambience of warmth and style as beeswax.|
|Beeswax is not oil based||Clean-up is easier for accidental spills of beeswax.||Paraffin is oil based and can be difficult or impossible to remove for accidental spills.|