Candles have a way of just kind of appearing in your home. Whether it be through decorative pieces, or spa packages or even through the thought of a power outage, they just seem to show up. I bet you have a candle collection that you didn’t even realize you’ve started.
Or maybe you’re a total candle fanatic. After all, some of the candles that come out of places like Bath and Body Works are pretty irresistible. On the flip side, once you educate yourself on what these candles are made of, they become very resistible.
I recently educated myself, and shortly after purged my entire candle collection. Just like that. Gone.
So what made me do it? Let me fill you in.
The Problem with Scented Candles
Ever wonder what goes into scents like Island Margarita? Or how about Endless Weekend? Have you ever smelled anything in nature that smells like Endless Weekend? Didn’t think so. And that certainly isn’t where the scent comes from either.
There are nearly 3,000 natural and synthetic materials that are used in scented candles and all they have to put on their label is fragrance. That’s a little concerning, right?
The EGG database labels fragrance as a high hazard level, with concerns of allergies and immunotoxicity.
That’s not all, the most common type of candle wax on the market is paraffin wax. Basically, this is an oil-based, highly refined petroleum by-product that is beached with commercial grade bleach before it is used in candles.
If that’s not enough, there was a study conducted on paraffin wax candles that found they emit toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene when burned!
This should be enough to have you toss your candle collection immediately, but if it isn’t, here’s another tid-bit: you could be polluting your home with high levels of lead.
That’s right, the candle wicks you burn may be made with lead. The US, Canada and other countries have banned the production of lead candle wicks, but that’s not to say that all countries have. China has yet to ban lead in candle wicks and guess where North America gets a large quantity of candles from?
This really puts a damper on your candle collections, doesn’t it?
If you want candles around in case of a power outage, or if you just have a burning desire to watch that flickering flame, there are alternatives that won’t pollute your home.
Alternatives to Paraffin Wax
Nature saves the day again, with ecofriendly, nontoxic wax made from renewable sources! Soy candles are a much better option than paraffin, and will last about twice as long. Soy wax is made from the oil of soy beans, which is completely natural. The only thing to look out for is genetically modified soy which is quite common.
An even better alternative is beeswax. Beeswax is 100% natural and biodegradable. It burns very clean when the wick is trimmed properly because it isn’t made of oil at all. And better yet, beeswax undergoes no chemical processing from the hive to the candle.
Beeswax takes Gold
Beeswax really takes the gold in candle wax for several reasons:
100% Natural Fragrance
Beeswax candles have a faint scent of honey while burning. It’s definitely no Island Margarita, but it’s 100% natural and chemical free! Just look for “100% Pure” Beeswax candles.
No oils involved make this the cleanest burning wax out there.
Longest Lasting Candles
Beeswax candles are a bit more expensive than soy or paraffin, but they last about 2-5 times longer! And while burning little drips, so none goes to waste and there’s no mess.
Possible Air Purification
All over the internet there are claims of beeswax emitting negative ions and purifying the air. I would love to believe this, but have found zero evidence that this is actually true. However many, many people seem to think so, so I guess that’s your call.
Either way, burning a beeswax candle will keep the air in your home more clean than burning toxic paraffin candles!
Missing The Aroma?
There is one thing that you may miss when you purge your paraffin candles. Beeswax candles give off the faintest smell of honey, but nothing like a few hundred chemicals could do. This is when I like to bust out the essential oils.
Essential oils are 100% natural and are derived right from nature. There are over 100 different oils to choose from and if you diffuse your oils, you’ll have your whole home smelling amazing in just a few minutes!
Essential oils are extremely concentrated and can have a positive effect on the body. For example, diffusing lemon or peppermint can energize, or tea tree can help you fight off colds.
There are so many uses, I couldn’t possibly list them all here, instead I’ve put together an ebook of the top ten essential oils and their uses to get you started if you’re new to it.
Or you could just pick a few of your favorite scents wing it. I think you’ll love how many different blends you can create, the sky is the limit.
Clear the Air
If you’re a bit panicked at the fact that your home could be filled with toxic fumes and cancer causing chemicals, there is something you can do.
A super easy way to eliminate toxins with the least amount of work and absolutely no scrubbing is to fill your home with hard working house plants!
Yes you read that right, certain house plants can actually remove toxins from your air. There was a study conducted by Nasa and the results were pretty amazing. If reading scientific documents isn’t really your thing, I’ve compiled 13 of these hard working plants in one colorful post, so you can make your green shopping list.
I know it’s not easy, but I hope you clean out your candle collection and get those toxins out of your home. Do it quick, like ripping off a band-aid. Replace them with 100% pure beeswax candles, I’ve been burning beeswax candles from Honey Candles.
Do you burn Beeswax candles? Have any recommendations? Let me know!