Remodeling and Home Design

Monday, June 23, 2008

beeswax buzz

after my posting about queen b beeswax candles, i received a note from the owner of that company, cate burton, explaining why beeswax makes the healthiest candle. so, i did a little research and here are a few fascinating tidbits i discovered about candles.

  • aromatherapy candles actually create poisonous byproducts when the oil is burned.
  • paraffin candles are made of petroleum industry waste, then bleached and other chemicals added.
  • according to the epa, paraffin candles are known to release carcinogens.
  • the american lung association warns against burning scented or slow-burning candles with additives.
  • vegetable and soy candles are a good alternative to paraffin or aromatherapy candles, but toxins are created when oils are converted into wax to make the candle.
  • another surprising issue with vegetable and soy candles, is that in order to create supply for them, large areas of virgin rainforests are being illegally cleared.
  • beeswax looks like the best choice for its non-toxic, non-polluting, non-allergenic, and all natural properties.
  • beeswax is also made from a renewable source and gives off a sweet honey aroma.
  • beeswax produces negative ions which purifies the air.
  • beeswax candles burn efficiently, about 10 times longer than paraffin.
  • beware though when a candle is labeled beeswax since by law it only needs to have at least 10% beeswax in order to be labeled as beeswax.
  • finally, be sure the wick is cotton since many candle wicks contain lead.
thanks cate for helping us improve the indoor air quality and the natural world!

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