I have always loved having candles around the house, and when beginning my sustainable living journey, I decided it might be a good idea to take a closer look at my everyday household candles. I’ve always had a variety of colored and scented candles at my place but did a little research online to find that these candles are basically filled with chemicals and toxins that aren’t exactly good for my health or the environment.
What you need to know about paraffin wax candles
Nearly 90% of household candles are made of paraffin wax which is derived from crude oil and has a massive eco-footprint. The wax has to be bleached and nasty plasticizers and chemical fragrances are added. Paraffin has been the most popular of candle choices, because it is extremely cheap. These types of candles actually increase air pollution. That delicious “Caribbean breeze” smell is really just synthetic fragrance full of nasty phthalates and other toxins you don’t want around your family.
Next, I read about soy candles. Apparently, they are runner-up to best candle choice.
What you need to know about soy candles
Soy candles are definitely a better choice than paraffin. This type of candle wax is biodegradable and made from the oil of soybeans. Unfortunately though, a large majority of the soy beans produced today are GMOs and covered in pesticides. Not to mention, soy wax candles will go rancid unless they have preservatives added to them. Another factor to consider is that farms require a lot of land to produce soy beans.
Which leads us to the BEST candle option.
What you need to know about beeswax candles
The most ecofriendly candle wax choice is definitely beeswax. 100% pure beeswax candles don’t need colorful dyes, because they are naturally a beautiful warm honey color. Also, they don’t need added chemical fragrances, because they emit a light sweet fragrance naturally. Beeswax candles also burn three times longer than paraffin wax candles. Most importantly, these candles support crop pollination and don’t require a lot of land use. In its native state, this type of wax doesn’t need bleaching or hydrogenating like paraffin and soy wax candles. I think my favorite attribute of beeswax candles is that they are air purifying. They emit negative ions that help to clean the air in your home!
A lot of people are apprehensive to buy beeswax candles because of the price tag. However, if choosing the most health benefiting, environmentally conscious candle is what interests you most, definitely go for beeswax! Better yet, buy a beeswax candle for a friend – it’s the perfect ecofriendly gift idea!!
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