Beeswax candles are a great choice for your home as they are natural and eco-friendly. They have a pleasant honey scent and emit a warm glow that creates a cozy atmosphere. Beeswax candles also have a longer burn time compared to other types of candles. Here are some reasons why choosing beeswax is beneficial in your home (if you are simply looking for care instructions, see the end of the blog).
Paraffin is made by distilling petroleum – the same substance used to make gasoline for your car. Paraffin candles also tend to contain artificial dyes, fragrances, and toxic chemicals.
When you burn paraffin candles, these are released into the air that you breathe along with plenty of soot. This can be very harmful, especially if you burn a lot of candles in an enclosed space such as your home.
But beeswax candles are made from a natural substance that doesn’t contain any carcinogenic ingredients. They’re also soot free, and don’t need to be fragranced because of their existing sweet smell. That means you can enjoy beeswax candles without ever worrying about the effects they might have on you, your family, or your pets.
Neutralize Pollutants and Improve Mood
As well as filling your home with the delicious scent of honey, burning beeswax candles produces negative ions. These are thought to neutralize airborne pollutants, helping to remove the negative effects of breathing in dust, odors, and mold. This creates a cleaner living environment, and eases allergy and asthma symptoms for anybody nearby.
These negative ions don’t just offer physical health benefits, though. Once they enter your bloodstream, they’re also believed to increase your levels of serotonin, also known as the happiness chemical. Higher levels of serotonin have been shown to relieve stress, lower symptoms of depression, and boost your energy, letting you face each day with a smile.
Another benefit of beeswax candles over paraffin candles is that they’re made from natural and renewable ingredients that require no chemical processing. They’re also biodegradable and compostable, so they won’t sit in a landfill or end up in the ocean once you’re done with them. Switching to beeswax candles means you can enjoy a soothing and guilt-free ambience while doing your part to help the environment.
Due to the high density and melting point of beeswax candles, they don’t produce hot drips when you burn them in a draft-free place. This lets you avoid the risk of burning your fingers if you need to move them. (But remember: you should never leave beeswax candles burning unattended, as they could still be knocked over by pets, children, or an unexpected breeze.)
Pure, Bright Light
The light given off by beeswax candles comes from the same spectrum as sunlight. Even though they burn very brightly, you won’t experience the eye strain or headaches that other types of candles might cause. Combine that with the fact that they’re virtually smokeless, and there’s nothing to interfere with the perfect mood they set.
Candle Care Instructions
To make the most of your beeswax candles and enjoy them for a longer time, here are some simple tips:
1. After each burn, trim the wick to a quarter of an inch, or slightly longer for tapered candles. This will prevent the flame from becoming too large and smoking.
2. As the candle burns down, gently push the melted wax inwards to contain the wax pool. This will prevent any dripping and wastage of wax.
3. To extinguish the candle, press the wick into the wax pool. This not only ensures that there is no smoke, but also helps re-coat the wick for the next lighting.
4. Over time, you may notice a whitish patina called bloom forming on the candle. This is a natural occurrence where minerals rise to the surface. You can easily wipe it away with a lint-free cloth.
Remove all packaging before you burn. Do not burn candle all the way down as there is no base, only beeswax so it will go through to your surface. Leave minimum 1/2 inch unburned wax at the bottom. Make sure you burn the candle on a fire resistant surface. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
Enjoy the many benefits of your beeswax candles!
botanical Facial Steaming
Have you heard of facial steaming before? Steaming is one step you can add into your self-care routine to help relax after a long day and reap the botanical benefits. As we all know, proper hydration and clear pores are the foundation of radiant skin. Facial steaming has been around for many years; In fact, it’s one of the oldest and most effective methods for keeping pores clear & clog-free.
What are the benefits?
Not only does adding botanical herbs and oils to the steam create soothing aromatherapy effects, but also offers extra benefits by allowing the ingredients healing compounds to get right to the surface where they’re needed.
Here are a few of the ingredients used and their benefits
Chamomile - works as a good conductor for skin because it has hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. It instantly makes skin look healthy and glowing.
Rose - gently cleanses and soothes redness, swollen areas, rosacea, and acne, while the lovely scent is calming the mind.
Lavender - works as a natural astringent and can prevent and heal acne breakouts. It also helps to reduce discolouration, including dark spots.
Jasmine - extracts can help balance moisture in the skin, as well as protect skin with antibacterial properties.
Eucalyptus - combat congestion with eucalyptus oil is steam inhalation, which allows the oil to react with mucous membranes, reducing mucus and loosening up congestion.
How Do You Do It?
There is no need to break the bank people. All you need is a bowl, hot water, a towel .. and of course a dot. NATURALS botanical facial steamer blend :)
When finished, dispose of the steeped botanicals and their liquid, they aren’t reusable. It’s recommend to do a facial steam weekly or bi-weekly, unless your sinuses are congested, in which case you can do it more regularly.
If you think these products can't pose much of a problem, because they are used on your skin or hair, think again. Our skin readily absorbs at least 30% of what we put on it - that is why some common medicines are delivered through a skin patch or cream. Also, if we ingest something toxic through our food or drink, it gets sent (with everything else) to our liver to be detoxified, before being released into our bloodstream. Our liver saves us from a host of potential problems. Toxins entering through our skin, however, have no such obstacle to stop them.
found in nail polish remover, it is an irritant that when inhaled can damage the lungs, liver, kidneys, nerves and can increase the risk of birth defects.
ALUMINUM CHLOROHYDRATE & ALUMINUM ZIRCONIUM
found in most deodorants and anti-perspirants. It has been suggested (but not yet proven) that there is a connection between aluminum and Alzheimers disease and breast cancer.
BHA or BHT
are used mainly in moisturizers and make-up as anti-oxidants and preservatives. They are also a hidden ingredient in some fragrances. BHA is toxic to the immune sytem & the International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies it as a possible human carcinogen. Studies suggest that BHT may be toxic to the skin, lungs, liver and immune system. Both chemicals can cause allergic reactions, are suspected of interfering with hormone function and promoting tumour growth. They also have the potential to bio-accumulate in aquatic species.
COAL TAR DYES
the main concern here, aside from causing sensitivity, is their potential as carcinogens, as they are proven to cause cancer when injected under the skin of mice. Look for p-phenylenediamine or colours identified as "C.I." followed by a 5 digit number. Also, some of these colours contain heavy metals and aluminum, of particular concern when used in cosmetics that may be ingested, like lipstick.
is a dry lubricant used in baby powders, feminine sprays and on condoms. It is a carcinogen when inhaled (which is especially hard for babies not to). Studies and lawsuits have also linked talcum powder and mesothelioma.
pronounced "thay-late". This is only one of the many phthalates, all of which are highly suspect. It is used as a solvent for dyes in nail products, a plasticizer to keep polishes from becoming brittle (also in vinyl flooring, toys, cars, shower curtains, medical equipment, etc.) and it is especially widespread in the fragrance oils used in almost every cosmetic or skincare product. Because of "trade secret" regulations, phthalates don't even have to be listed on fragranced products, which means, almost everything. Because of the gender bending potential of phthalates, this can be especially dangerous for women of childbearing age. So far, the list of the main dangers found are - damage to the liver, kidneys, lungs, brain and nervous system, immune system and last, but not least, damage to the endocrine and reproductive system - especially the developing testes in male fetuses.
IMADAZOLIDINYL UREA & DIAZOLIDINYL UREA
another common preservative that causes dermatitis and releases formaldehyde.
PADIMATE O (OCTYL DIMETHYL PABA), OXYBENZONE & OCTYLMETHOXYCINNAMATE
are commonly found in sunscreens, but have been shown to disrupt endocrine balance. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are safer alternatives, working as actual sun blocks and not sunscreens, therefore more effective as well.
methyl, propyl, ethyl & butyl - these are very common preservatives found in most products. Formaldehyde releasing and may cause carcinogenic nitrosamines.
polyethylene glycol compounds are widely used in cream bases in cosmetics. PEG and it's chemical cousin, Propylene Glycol (a humectant found in deodorants, toothpaste, etc.) open the skin's pores, allowing harmful ingredients to penetrate more deeply. PG is known to cause contact dermatitis, kidney and liver damage, skin and eye irritation and gastro-intestinal disturbances. These compounds may also be contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane, both of which may cause cancer.
PETROLATUM or MINERAL OIL
a petroleum based jelly or oil often found in lip and skincare products - advertised as preventing chapping and sun damage. Ironically, it actually causes skin photosensitivity, promoting sun damage and interfering with the body's own moisturizing mechanism causing dryness that leads to the need to reapply.
mostly found in hair sprays - can introduce foreign particles into the lungs, causing problems in sensitive people.
found in nail polish - known to be a hormone disruptor and a potential carcinogen.
found in most anti-bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers and deodorants as a preservative and anti-bacterial. It is a hormone disruptor, doesn't break down in the environment and may contribute to the rising wave of bacterial resistance.