♦ Sootless and smokeless
♦ Emit more light and heat than any other candles
♦ Virtually dripless
♦ 2 X longer burning time compared to other candles
♦ All natural and fragnance free
♦ Reduce stress and discomfort of seasonal allergies
♦ Improve air quality by producing negative ions
♦ Environment friendly
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. honey-producing colonies are radically decreasing, in fact the colonies have dropped from a population of 5.5 million in 1950 to 2.5 million in 2007. Unfortunately the bee populations continue to decline to this day. Why should we care? In reality, bees are needed to pollinate crops that feed the world's growing population. Of the 100 crop species that provide 90% of the world's food, more than 70 are pollinated by bees. If these crops are not pollinated by bees then the harvest will decrease by 60%.
So how does burning beeswax candles have anything do with restoring bee populations all over the world? Well, if all the people who love burning candles switched to burning beeswax candles the demand for beeswax would dramatically increase. Wax would not be just a byproduct of honey production, but a major source of income for bee keepers. This economic benefit would stimulate the need for bees, which are the only natural source of wax. Beeswax candles are made from a natural renewable and sustainable resource that supports the cultivation of the honey bee.
Unfortunately, most candles sold in stores today are made with paraffin wax. Paraffin is a byproduct of petroleum refining. Paraffin wax starts as the sludge on the bottom of crude oil barrels. Even asphalt gets extracted before paraffin in the refining process. The black sludge filled with numerous toxins undergoes bleaching and treatment by carcinogens such as benzene and toluene. Then chemists mix in a toxic concoction of colors and fragrances to make this waste product marketable and more appealing. The final result is an innocent looking candle which during burning releases seven documented toxins, two of which are known carcinogens. Overtime, burning paraffin candles leaves black soot stain all over your house which can easily be inhaled. These tiny particles get trapped in the lungs and may cause serious respiratory irritation.
On the other hand, beeswax candles actually clean the air when they burn. While burning beeswax candles release negatively charged ions that are naturally attracted to the positive-charged ions, found in toxins, dust, pollen, mold and allergens. When the negative ions emitted from the candle bind with these 'bad' positive ions, the resulting particle falls from the air. As a result the air is cleaned and free from toxins and allergens.
Candles may all look the same, however unless it says “100% beeswax” (like Abigail’s studio candles) then the candles can contain toxic paraffin. For example: a “pure beeswax” candle may legally contain only 51% beeswax and 49% of toxic paraffin, thereby eliminating all beeswax benefits and healthy properties.
Beeswax candles burn brighter, cleaner, smokeless and longer than any other candle. Initially beeswax candles may seem to be more expensive than paraffin candles, yet in the long run beeswax candles burn up to two times longer therefore nullifying any price disparity. Often seen with a halo, the light emitted is a warm golden color and in the same spectrum as the sun. Coupled with the sweet fragrance of honey and flowers, a burning beeswax candle evokes a romantic and peaceful atmosphere.