[Patricia] Day 12: Parrifin vs. Soy vs. Beeswax Candles
I’ve always thought the scent of a home changes its overall dynamic and energy. Lavender makes a home smell fresh and clean, warm cinnamon reminds me of family and the holidays, and citrus makes everything bright and happy. This is the reason one of my obsessions growing up was collecting and burning candles. My favorite candles were from Bath and Body Works because of the various scents you could pick from. As much as I loved them, my perception of the candle world was completely altered today as I perused the California Gift Show in LA. I stumbled upon an energetic young lady, Juwels, and her company Pollen Arts. On display she had a beautiful assortment of Beeswax candles molded in various shapes of antique bottles.
Her story is simply amazing and her energy was inspiring. Juwels and her husband create handmade beeswax candles derived from natural beeswax cultivated at a local bee farm. All candles are carefully molded into detailed antique bottles ranging from mason jars to ink wells. So what’s the benefit of beeswax candles and why shouldn’t I keep buying my regular 2 for $10.00 candles at the grocery store?
- Many candles on the market are made from parrifin wax. It’s a petroleum product created when crude oil is refined into gasoline. Studies show that parrifin wax emits toxic chemicals into the air like benzene and toulene. These carcinogens are emitted into the air you breath and have been shown to cause cancer, asthma and birth defects.
- Beeswax is a natural ioniser. Instead of making the air toxic, it purifies the air by emitting negative ions when burned. Per Pollen Arts etsy page: This process binds dust, odor and allergen particles together in the air, making them too heavy to float around and pulling them to the ground where they can be easily swept up and never find their way into your lungs and sinuses. This especially makes beeswax the ultimate burn for anyone with asthma, allergies or sensitive sinuses. Beeswax also has no carbon footprint and is naturally created from the bees we love (unless they’re chasing us).
- Soy-based candles do not have the negative effects of parrifin wax candles, but they are not eco-friendly. Soy is typically heavily sprayed with pesticides which harm our soil and water system.
It’s hard to deny all the warnings against parrifin candles and advantages that beeswax candles can bring to a home. On top of that, they smell pretty amazing. Looking forward to lighting my first one!