What is a Better Candle Wax to Burn in my Home?
What is a Better Candle Wax to Burn in my Home!:
The Healthy Candle® | Informative
By: Joanna Jones 20th January, 2022
In the ancient days before electricity, people made candles to light their darkened rooms. These early candles were hand dipped of tallow or beeswax. Other waxes were added to the list as the centuries progressed.
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees (Apis). It is formed by worker bees, which secrete it from eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of the worker bees. The hive workers collect and use it to form cells for honey storage. When beekeepers extract the honey, they cut off the wax caps from the honeycomb cells with an uncapping knife. The raw beeswax is then clarifying to remove impurities, and are then poured into manageable blocks or made into easy to work with pellets/granules.
These purified beeswax blocks are then blended with Coconut Oil and Essential Oils for The Healthy Candle® (these will be available for purchase soon) at Mary Tylor Naturals. Beeswax on it’s own, doesn’t carry much of a scent other than its natural, gentle, warm honey hints. Mary Tylor Naturals blends Coconut Oil to not only soften the Beeswax making it a burn at a lower temperature (it’ll burn more evenly in a container); but to help carry the scent of essential oils without the use of paraffin, soy, or chemical additives wax. Their pillar candles are made from 100% Pure Beeswax.
Why not use the well-known “natural” Soy Wax? Well, soy wax is created from soybeans; and about 90% of soybeans are made from GMO crops, unfortunately there isn’t enough of a non-GMO market to keep that other 10% of organic soybeans isolated from the 90% GMO crops to produce a non-GMO end product. NO soy wax manufacture will certify their soy wax as non-GMO. Though, distributors of soy wax will inaccurately claim their wax is non-GMO (ask them for a certificate stating so directly!). Soy wax also is known to have an unpleasant, not-smooth-at-all tops (they are rough and bumpy). There are many chemical additives that are added to help combat this issue, and they add to the poor air quality in your home.
Paraffin candles have an incredible scent hold, cold and hot, that most people have come to associate the capacity of candles to produce! But at what cost? While the candles themselves are much cheaper (we’ll touch on how in a minute), the cost to one’s health is the most expensive of all!
Paraffin wax is a by-product of the petroleum industry that is created from the sludge waste when crude oil is refined into gasoline. When this wax is burned, it releases carcinogenic toxins like benzene, toluene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, acrolein and soot, the same toxins that are produced by burning diesel fuel, into your home.
Not to mention fragrance oils have their own set of VOC’s (volatile organic compounds), that along with the chosen wax release toxic irritants into the indoor air of our homes. These toxins exacerbate any lung issues one may have (asthma, COPD, lung disease, etc.); they create headaches, nausea and many other unnecessary ailments.
But, who doesn’t just love the beautiful ambience of a lit candle? And filling the home with amazing scents! We DO have healthy options!
Mary Tylor Naturals created The Healthy Candle® to give us an incredibly smelling candle, without all the nasty, carcinogenic toxins, that offer aromatherapy as well! These scented candles are made with Pure Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Essential Oils, and a cotton wick. Really holding true to the motto of: Better Ingredients for a Better Life!