It’s not that we are partial to beeswax, though we are. Very. It’s that the science behind how beeswax is created versus how paraffin wax is created speaks for itself. There may be diehard fans of each type of candle…some very famous candle brands use paraffin wax…but we’d like to show you why we think beeswax is best, not just for you but also for the environment.
- Beeswax Comes from Nature.
Beeswax is a substance that honeybees secrete from a special gland on their abdomen which is constructed into their honeycomb. When this honeycomb is harvested, the wax can be removed, melted, and used to create candles and many other products.Alternately, paraffin wax is the substance left over in the bottom of crude oil barrels. It must be bleached and treated with chemicals in order to get it ready for the candle-making process.
- Beeswax is Naturally Scented
The light honey scent from natural beeswax doesn’t need to be enhanced with perfumes. Little Bee doesn’t add any artificial scent to the beeswax before we hand-roll our candles. The natural scent is lightly sweet and soothing.Paraffin wax, especially when used for candle-making, needs to be scented with chemically-created perfumes to get specific scents. Chain candle companies offer scents from “fresh linen” to “man cave”. Last time we checked, there was not a natural source for these aromas!
- Beeswax is a Naturally Renewable Resource
As long as a hive is healthy, it will continually produce wax, which can be repurposed for use in beeswax candles. We must do everything we can to help keep the honey bee, and all bees, healthy and thriving, thereby allowing them, and all beekeepers, to do what they do best!Paraffin is not a renewable resource. It comes from crude oil, it is not sustainable and it is definitely not eco-friendly.
- Beeswax Production Is Environmentally Friendly
Because beeswax is a natural substance, made by honeybees in beehives around the world, it does not harm the environment.Paraffin is made from the finite supply of fossil fuels we have left on earth. It is closely tied to our need for oil and the pressure this substance puts on our environment.
- Beeswax Candles Burn Cleanly and Safely
100% Natural beeswax candles, the kind that we create at Little Bee of CT, burn slowly, evenly and beautifully, releasing a light honey-scented aroma. They are hypo-allergenic, toxin-free, and eco-friendly, making them a perfect choice to any home decor…inside or outside!Paraffin, on the other hand, is known to contain documented toxins, some of which are carcinogenic! These toxins can be released when you burn your candles. Paraffin also releases residue when it burns, and this can cling to walls and furniture.
Okay, so here is a bonus 6th reason! Beeswax candles naturally burn longer than other types of candles, including paraffin. This means you get to enjoy your candle and the experience of burning all-natural beeswax that much longer.
We’d love for you to try our candles. Visit littlebeeofct.com and click on Candles to see all the shapes and sizes we offer. We also welcome your feedback!
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