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!