Thursday, 22 November 2012

Celebrate Christmas with a Christmas Tree Candle

Ho…ho…ho…another Christmas is coming! Now is certainly not too early to prepare Christmas presents for you or friends and family. If candle is a great idea to you, perhaps you should consider a more environmental friendly and charming Christmas Tree Candle. It is made with 100 percent beeswax coil and no paraffin mixed. Imagine how wonderful it is to enjoy the warm light all day long on the celebration since it can be burned up to 80 hours. You will also be delighted by the 14 lovely ornaments decorated on the Christmas Tree Candle.



To use it, simply place the beeswax coil through the spring loaded clip in increments of 3 inches or less and consumption of every 3 inches almost equals to an hour burn time. Interestingly, it will be extinguished automatically when the flame extends to the clip. Hence, you have no worries whatsoever.

Wish you a Merry Christmas!



Thursday, 25 October 2012

Have Fun with Golf Ball Votive Candles

Are they golf balls? Are they candles? What do you think?
If they are put on the field, they just as if the real golf balls, but...they are beautiful beeswax votive candles in reality.

This set of 4 ivory votive candles is made with 100% beeswax and cotton wicks. They are in ivory instead of ordinary beeswax color owing to the filtering process which result both the natural color and scent being removed. In fact, ivory beeswax candles are a great alternative for those who prefer unscented candles.

These golf ball votive candles are just slightly smaller than real golf balls but they will burn and bring fun to you up to almost six hours. Have them in your garden as decorations or burn them for fun in any special day!





Tuesday, 9 October 2012

How Beeswax Sheets Are Made?

Making beeswax candles with beeswax honeycomb sheets is fun and interesting, yet have you ever wondered how the sheets and the honeycomb texture are created? See this video and you'll get the idea...





Monday, 17 September 2012

10 Steps to Making Molded Beeswax Candle

Unlike rolled beeswax candles, molded beeswax candles involve more complication in making include beeswax melting. However, the final output of this type of candles may worth your effort because molded candles are created according to the shapes of molds that you desire and they usually burn longer than rolled candles.


Materials & tools needed:

· Beeswax
· Wick
· Your selected candle mold
· Double boiler (such as saucepan & pouring pot)
· Candle release spray
· Wick bar
· Wick screw
· Masking tape/Wick putty/Mold sealer
· Wick tab (if candle mold doesn't provide a wick hole)


Instructions:

Step 1 – Assemble all the materials and tools on your working table.

Step 2 – Prepare the mold by first pulling a candle wick from the bottom of the mold if a wick hole is available. You may use wick bar to secure the wick and tighten it with wick screw. Cover the gaps at the bottom if any with wick putty, mold sealer or masking tape to prevent the beeswax from spilling. If there is no wick hole, then you will need to prepare a candle wick attached to a wick tab and place it at the bottom of the candle mold. Also, do not forget to spray the inside of the mold with candle release spray, so that the candle is easier to be removed from the mold later.

Step 3 – Prepare the amount of beeswax that you need (plus a little extra to ensure enough beeswax for second pouring). Put them in a pouring pot.

Step 4 – Fill a saucepan with some water and place the pouring pot in the saucepan.

Step 5 – Melt the beeswax by heating the double boiler on the stove. Make sure the beeswax is liquefied completely without any chunks left.

Step 6 – Pour the beeswax slowly into the mold until its level equals to the top edge of the mold without overspill. Meanwhile, make sure the candle wick is at the center.

Step 7 – Let the candle to almost dry and shrink, then add the remaining beeswax into the empty volume of the mold until full. You may need to reheat the beeswax and repeat filling the mold several times if any empty volume still exists after second pouring.

Step 8 – Allow the candle to cool and harden thoroughly this time. The cooling time may subject to the size of the candle you make.

Step 9 – Carefully release the candle from the mold.

Step 10 – Trim the candle wick to about ¼ inch to ensure the candle will burn well.


Tips:

- Keep children and pets away from the hot melted beeswax to avoid any accident or injury.

- You may coat the candle wick with melted beeswax before use to result easier pulling through the mold and also for better burning.

- Thermometer is often used for checking the beeswax pouring temperature more accurately.


Enjoy your self-made candles at home; also give them to your friends and family to show off your new talent, lol! =D

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

A Special Gift for Your Lady Friend

Is your lady friend's birthday coming soon? Have you decided yet what birthday present to buy for her? Sometimes it could be quite frustrated to think of anything she may like or dislike...
 
Well, I found this perhaps is a good choice - Lightly Glittered Pink Hand Rolled Pillar. It's simple yet meaningful. Throughout the history, candle provides brightness and gives a touch of warm feeling. In addition, beeswax candle is natural and made from 100%  natural and biodegradable resource, beeswax. Therefore, it can be a nice gift to your friend and to advocate green living at the same time. Pink, the color represents femininity. Pink is romantic, gentle, calming, thoughtful, caring...
 
Simply add some crystal stones or ribbons around the candle if you would like additional embellishments. Otherwise, just place it alone in a nice gift box would be good enough.
 
Of course, you can also keep this for yourself (if you like) or buy it for your man (if he is open-minded). The color is feminine but it doesn't mean that he can't have it, right?
 
 
 
 
 
 This beeswax pillar is 6 inch x 3 inch. The color is same as the picture shown above, pink and lightly glittered, so it shimmers almost from every angle. Its wick is 100% cotton. Of course, it burns dripless and smoke-free like any other good quality beeswax candles.  
  


Friday, 31 August 2012

An All-Natural Musical Experience

I was looking something to entertain my readers and I came across this video. An-all natural musical experience created by Burt's Bees teams using instruments from Mother Nature, so amazing! Bee, a tiny creature, played her part too in this video. Without further delay, let's watch it now... Enjoy! :)





Thursday, 16 August 2012

The Secrets to Successful Candle Making

Discover the secrets to successfully making exquisite candles at home. Learn all the ins-and-outs of working with soy, beeswax, gel, and more! - Years of research invested in this book will benefit both the beginner and the expert.


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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Other Than Candles, Beeswax Makes Many Other Great Products Too!


Beeswax is a natural wax produced by the glands on the abdomen of honeybees. The bees create beeswax as a by-product while making honey in the beehive. In fact, they have to consume approximately eight to ten pounds of honey in order to generate merely a pound of pure beeswax. The color of beeswax ranges from yellow to dark brown; it depends on the kinds of flowers the bees visit. Beeswax actually does not oxidize and it is also not affected by mildew, thus it can be kept for very long period and still remain stable. Today, beeswax has countless uses and it makes numerous great products for our daily lives.


Obviously, the most benefited industries from the presence of beeswax are pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Beeswax is utilized as a natural ingredient in various products to promote health and beauty. In medical sector, beeswax is used for pain reliefs and lowering cholesterol purposes. Problems such as chapped lips, eczema, cracked heels, small wounds or abrasions can be cured by beeswax products due to its moisturizing and anti-bacterial values. Beeswax is present in many cosmetic products nowadays as it has the function to naturally thicken and emulsify oils and waters to create creams and lotions. Another advantage of using beeswax over synthetic substances is it keeps our skin soft, smooth and moisture without leaving skin problems such as acne and pores clogging. Moreover, beeswax is commonly used as hair remedies to treat extremely dry hair in addition to maintain dreadlocks. Beeswax is listed as one of the ingredients in some hair products to help strengthen and moisturize hair. It is also used in pomade and mustache wax for men. To make high quality soaps and perfumes, beeswax is added as a natural fragrance.

At home, beeswax exists as a good helper for the reason it is so versatile especially in solving household problems. For instances, windows and drawers that are stuck possible to be solved by applying a thin coat of beeswax on them. To loosen rusted nuts and screws, simply rub some melted beeswax on them will do. If you wish to maintain your granite counter tops bright and shiny, then use beeswax to polish them. Furthermore, beeswax is also used to lubricate zippers, prevent slippage of worn belts in vacuum cleaners and sewing machines. Some people even use it to polish their leather shoes and furniture at home too.

In food industry, manufacturers use beeswax as a food additive or specifically known as glazing agent/E901 in food, for the purpose of coating and protecting the food from being off. Another practice of beeswax is in weapon, it is utilized to seal or lubricate bullets in cap and ball firearms. These days, even oil spills incidents in ocean can be curbed by using beeswax as part of the concoction to clean up the waste oil.

By and large, beeswax has many practices which just do not stop at candle making. Undeniable, beeswax whether is applied in the method of dipping, pouring or rolling, it is a splendid material to make wonderful candles with clean burning, dripless effect and honey aroma. Nonetheless, beeswax as gift from the bees has far more uses beyond your imagination.


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Extraordinary Beeswax Candles Make Everyone Loves

Despite it is seemingly that eco-friendly candles are often more expensive than artificial wax candles, beeswax candles are still popular in certain parts of the world. The natural honey aroma and long lasting features allow beeswax candles truly as superb gifts for you, your beloved family and friends.

Some of the beautiful candles not only boost your great mood but also create becoming ambiance to any interior space that you desire. With so ample choices available nowadays, it's not that tough for every candle lover to find his/her favorites.

By using beeswax, the candle creators can play with it and produce almost any kind of candles within their imagination and creativity. Some of the candles that I found interesting are these beeswax candles made by Big Dipper Wax Works, which just look like star, bird, love...


Beeswax Star Pillar Candles


Beeswax Heart Pillar Candles




Beeswax Song Bird Candles




Beeswax Pumpkin Candles


Beeswax Ornament Candles


 They would really be wonderful decorations at home especially on any celebration!




Monday, 16 July 2012

How to Make Some Handy Beeswax Tea Lights?

Beeswax tea light candles are seemly used on most occasions from formal weddings to home parties. They are also perfectly lit to enhance the ambiance in your home especially the dining area and your rooms. In truth, you can buy beeswax tea light candles from the local shops or online stores. Allowing for the ease of making as well as cost saving, some frequent consumers are willing to learn and attempt to make their own ones. Making tea light candles is not only fun but you can also control the quality of the candles by using pure beeswax. The information below is to guide you what to use and follow throughout the process of a successful beeswax tea light candle making.
Tools & supplies:
Pyrex measuring cup, scissors, clothespins, plastic/metal tea light cup, cotton wick and beeswax

I cleaned and reused my aluminum tea light cups


Instructions:
Place the desired amount of beeswax into a Pyrex measuring cup. Put the measuring cup into a pot and then fill the pot with water about halfway full the cup. Now you can start heating the pot on high heat until the water inside the pot boils. Let the beeswax liquefies thoroughly. After shut off the fire source, carefully remove the measuring cup from the pot by using a hot pad or oven mitt as the measuring cup is very hot after heating. Prepare the tea light cups close to each other on a level surface and add an individual cotton wick into them. After that, secure every wick with a clothespin to hold the wick in place. Now, you can pour the melted beeswax into each tea light cup until the edge of the cup is reached without overspill. After filling all the prepared tea light cups, leave them for approximately 1-2 hours or until the beeswax becomes solid. Lastly, take out the clothespins and cut each wick to about 1 cm before use.

Tips & warnings:

-Ensure children are away from your workplace especially while you are handling the hot melted beeswax to avoid any unwanted injury or accident.

-Pouring the melted beeswax into the tea light cups through a funnel provides an easier and cleaner way in this step.

-Place a box lid underneath the tea light cups just in case any overflow accidentally happens while pouring the melted beeswax. This approach can save you from cleaning your workplace later.

-Do not remove the tea light cups from the candles, so that the candles can melt completely when lit.




Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Recommended Beeswax Book


Beeswax: Production, Harvesting, Processing and Products
By Roger A. Morse, William L Coggshall, Mary A. Scott and Susan Sarabasha


192 pages in English

This is the book I recommended for reading if you would like to learn deeper about beeswax. As the book title stated, this book was written about the production of beeswax by all honeybees species, the approaches taken by beekeepers to harvest beeswax, the methods used in processing beeswax and also how it is used to make some final products like candles, lotion, polishes...



Wait! Let's see what others reviewed about this book:

Excellent to get you started in Beeswax November 18, 2009
By A. S. Templeton
A really, really good book! Combines comprehensive discussion of the composition and properties of beeswax with practical advice on its refinement and use, especially in the manufacture of candles. If "Beeswax" were updated I imagine it would include the latest on pesticide contamination and modern issues of concern to beekeepers and craftspeople working with beeswax. But while 25 years old it's the best introduction to beeswax I've read, by far preferable to Thomas William Cowan's quaint 1908 book "Wax Craft", a defective reprint edition of which has recently been published.

Beeswax May 16, 2010
By G. Roberts
Beeswax is such a technical product to work with, Beeswax: Production, Harvesting, Processing and Products, is a fantastic guide and reference for anyone wanting to research this raw product and how to use and work with it. Fantastic informative book.

A great overview. June 20, 2012
By Still learning NZ
Well written and researched. If you are interested in this topic then you wont be disappointed with this book. It gives a broad overview with some useful information.





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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

More Burning Tips for Beeswax Candles(Taper, Pillar, Votive & Tea Light Candles)


Beeswax Taper Candles
  • Always secure a taper candle in an appropriate taper holder for support while burning. This is crucial as an unfit holder can cause the candle falls down and catch a fire.
  • You can use beeswax fitter strips if your taper candle seems loose in the selected taper holder. If the candle is larger and does not fit in the taper holder, try to keep its bottom in warm water for a while until it starts to soften. Then, try to put it again carefully in the holder.
  • Choose an appropriate tool such as a candle snuffer to extinguish the flame for smokeless effect.

Beeswax Pillar Candles
  • It is recommended to burn a pillar candle on a pillar plate or suitable pillar holder.
  • Use pillar candle in smaller diameter if long burning time is not required. Keep burning a large pillar within short moments will not allow the candle to burn properly to its side and will only shorten its overall burn time.
  • Allow at least an hour of burn time for every inch in diameter of the pillar candle. For instance, a 4 inch pillar should be burned about 4 hours or longer.
  • Hug the burning pillar occasionally if tunneling is not desired. Simply push the edges softly towards the center of the pillar. (Tunneling is a condition when thick walls are left owing to the flame burns down the center of the candle)
  • Always let a pillar initially burns long until the wax melts extending to its full diameter to prevent tunneling, then you may discontinue the burning. It is better to burn a candle intermittently, compared to burning it continuously as it will burn longer in former condition.
  • To extinguish the flame from a pillar candle, best using a wick dipper or suitable metal tool to dip the wick into the melted wax pool before straighten the wick vertically. This approach can eliminate unwanted smoke and wax splattering.
  • It is the best to use a lighter to provide the fire source to the base of the wick if relighting is desired. By this way, the beeswax attached to the wick will melt thoroughly and the candle will burn well again.
  • Only use suitable size and heat resistant votive candle holder to hold a votive candle. The holder should fit for the votive candle without leaving much space in between because the candle will spill out when it burns and fills the holder.
  • Avoid using thick glass holder for your votive candle. This may results an imperfect burn due to the insufficiency of heat from the candle.
  • Before burning, always fill a votive candle holder with a few drops of water first and followed by placing the candle in order to fasten the process of cleaning the remaining beeswax, left by burned out candle in the holder. Meanwhile, this approach can ensure the votive glass holder will not overheating.
  • Never burn a votive candle in the holder that air flow is restricted due to the fact that beeswax candles burns hotter than other candles.
  • Burn a votive candle about an hour or longer each time it is used to ensure the beeswax melts extending to the edge of the holder.
  • Let it burned out by itself when the candle only remains ½ inch height.
  • Same like pillars candles, a votive candle can be extinguished easily by pushing the wick into the melted wax pool before straighten the wick vertically.

Beeswax Tea Light Candles
  • Always burn a tea-light candle with a tea-light cup in a heat resistant holder or surface.
  • Avoid burning the candle in a thick holder. This may cause an imperfect burn owing to the insufficiency of heat from the candle.
  • Never burn it in a holder that air flow is restricted due to the fact that beeswax candles burn hotter than other candles.
  • Burn a tea-light candle in one lighting for its best. It is difficult to relight it after extinguished in the condition that the wax left is not greater than half.
  • Let the candle burned out by itself when it almost comes to the end in order to extend its overall burn period.
  • Gently dip the wick into the wax pool and pull the wick vertically if you want to extinguish the flame.

Friday, 22 June 2012

How to Burn Beeswax Candles Properly?


                                          Photographer: acidpix

To burn beeswax candles without much hassle and dissapointment, you may want to understand some burning hints and instructions before lighting any candle.

Generally, trim the wick of a candle to ¼ inch before each use providing that the wick seems too long, otherwise just leave it. Dripping may happens later if the wick is too short or too long. Do not try to trim the wick when it is cooled after the flame is estinguished as a cool wick easily breaks and will cause difficulty in relighting it. Besides, do not burn your beeswax candles near drafts and vents or else the flame will flicker and dripping may occurs. Beeswax candles usually have thicker and sturdier wicks than other candles. Therefore, to light a beeswax candle properly, holding the flame to the base of the wick for longer time is required pending the wax of the candle melts and the wick is lit. An ordinary lighter is good enough for this purpose. Make sure the candle is vertically upright in the candle holder when burning. It is also important to choose a suitable metal tool to extinguish your burning candle.

For safety, never leave a burning candle unattended and keep the flame away from the children, pets as well as any flammable objects. Moreover, always place your beeswax candles on a non-combustible and heat resistant surface. Only use appropriate candle holders to hold your burning candles may helps to prevent a fire hazard too.


Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Beeswax Candles Bring Health Benefits

According to researchers at South Carolina State University, burning paraffin based candles produces toxic chemicals including benzene and toluene, while beeswax candles do not give off these hazardous chemical substances at all when they’re burned for the same amount of time.

Burning beeswax candles instead of paraffin is one of the best and safest ways to keep the air in your home healthy. Beeswax candles have a clean and non-toxic burn. Scientific studies have proved that when a pure beeswax candle is burned, it produces negative ions, which eliminate most pollutants from positive ions, such as dust, moulds, bacteria and viruses from our environment. Thus, beeswax candles can actually clean the air, same to the way a rain storm helps to clean the air outside.

Over the years, the modernization of most candles has brought more damaging effects to a person’s health. On the other hand, beeswax candles were used since long time ago for people who is particularly sensitive to respiratory toxins and pollutants, suffering from allergies and sinus problems or who has a weakened immune system, for instance, people with asthma, hay fever, bronchitis and the elderly. When a candle made of pure beeswax is lit, it clears the air of any airborne contaminants and leaving the air cleaner to breathe. Thus, you will not breathe in as many allergens and also other contaminants through your nose as well as mouth.




Since beeswax is derived from honey production, the only scent that is given off from beeswax candles is the naturally sweet and pleasant aroma of honey and no added artificial scents or pollutants as in other candles. The natural scent can be an excellent way of relaxing, to treat stress and anxiety. Therefore, for those who has sleeping or concentration disorders, beeswax aroma is greatly calming for them. Due to the presence of negative ions released when beeswax is burned, serotonin levels in the brain will increase and this will eventually lead to people feel happier and less stressed. Moreover, the negative ions can absorb oxygen and then increase the flow to the brain, having an effect on higher alertness and more mental energy. Therefore, better mood, health and energy can be achieved just by burning some beeswax candles. That’s simple!

By burning 100% natural beeswax candles, you can rest assure that not only you, your love ones and the planet are enjoying the health and environmentally benefits!


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

The Easiest Way to Make a Beeswax Candle

It is pretty easy to make candles with beeswax if you have the right tools and clear instructions. There are so many kinds of beeswax candles you can make, from rolled tapers to moulded tea lights. By spending little time and effort, you can make a wonderful honey aroma candle with satisfaction. If you never make a beeswax candle before, I would recommend you to start making it with beeswax sheet. This is the easiest approach for beginner as it does not involve in melting wax, even a child can make it safely with fun.

You will need:
  • 1 beeswax honeycomb sheet
  • 1 cotton wick
  • Knife/Scissors
Step-by-step instructions:
  1. Prepare the beeswax sheet into appropriate proportion accordingly. If you intend to make a beeswax taper candle, cut it diagonally from one end to the other. Otherwise, just leave it if you wish to make a pillar candle.
  2. Lay a cotton wick along one edge of beeswax sheet. Cut the wick and ensure it is 1/2 inch long extends from both ends of the beeswax sheet.
  3. Start rolling from the edge which is close to the cotton wick. Firmly press with your fingers while rolling to hold the wick in place.
  4. Once the wick is secured, continue to roll the beeswax sheet slowly until the other edge is reached. Press the edge to adhere tightly and complete the process.
  5. Trim the wick from the bottom, make sure the bottom of the candle is flat and even. Then, trim the other end of wick to approximately 1/4 inch to prevent soot while burning later.
Candle making tips:
  1. Priming wick is optional in the candle making process but it helps to burn the candle better. You can coat the wick in the melting beeswax for few minutes and let it cool before using it to make a candle.
  2. You can create beeswax candles in different shapes, sizes and colors by using some sheets of beeswax. A candle in spiral form will looked interesting with combination of 2 matching colors of beeswax sheet.
  3. Try to make a rolled candle as tight and straight as possible to make sure it burns well and efficiently.
No matter how is your first made candle look like, I am sure that you will improve your skill in making beeswax candle after some attempts. Making candles can be an interesting personal hobby as well as a great family activity during free time. Try to make some on your own or with family. Once you make one, you will love to make more.




DIY candle making kit with beeswax sheets is available at:

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Why Beeswax Is So Special?

Often, we talk about the good things on beeswax candles or beeswax cosmetics, but what is beeswax actually? Why it is so special?

Beeswax, bees wax, beewax, bee wax or bee’s wax, no matter which term you called it, they all are the same thing – a yellowish to dark brown wax produced by honeybees in the bee hive to construct honeycombs. In fact, beeswax is white and odorless when just created. It becomes darken quickly and absorbs the smell of honey when intermingle with pollen, honey and propolis in the honeycomb. Beeswax is one of the natural products of nature and widely used in making polishes, ointments, crayons and candles after being processed and purified. History recognizes that beeswax as one of the valuable commodities since ancient times.



Do you know that bees will pass through around 150,000 miles which equals to approximately 6 times around the earth and visit 2 millions of flowers to generate merely a pound of beeswax? In other words, only 1 pound of beeswax can be collected from consuming 8-10 pounds of honey. Honeybees initially make wax in the form of extremely small flakes and it takes them to make and assemble almost 500,000 flakes of wax to produce less than half kilogram of beeswax. Wow! Imagine how hard those bees work to provide quality beeswax for us!

One of the uniqueness of beeswax is no expiry. It can be kept as long as you wish even for thousand of years. This is not an exaggeration as a research on ancient Egypt found that beeswax kept in the pyramids almost unaffected even after millenniums. In truth, beeswax if stored for a long time will naturally develop a layer of white powdery which recognized as bloom. However, the bloom will not make any difference to the beeswax and it is actually a desire feature as an indication of pure and high quality.

Beeswax is renewable and very biodegradable to be used to make any products and safe for allergies due to its nature of 100% natural and organic when it is collected from beehives. Moreover, beeswax absorbs the natural fragrance of honey from the same beehive where the honey is made, makes it a distinctive resource in manufacturing cosmetics and candles. Many remarks showed that the sweet and soothing aroma can simply change a person to a better mood by burning beeswax candles. Thus, it is not hard for us to believe that beeswax candles can even enhance the romantic feel of couples at home too.


Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Beeswax Candles versus Paraffin Candles



Over 90% of the candles in the world are made with paraffin. Many people may have beautiful candles at home, but how many of them ever think about what actual materials used for making those candles and what they breathe in from burning candle every day? Perhaps they do not aware of the negative sides of paraffin based candles.    

In general, paraffin candles seem cheaper than other natural candles but allowing for other aspects especially health issue, paraffin candles definitely are not a good choice. Paraffin can cause a burning candle emits toxic smoke and dangerous chemicals such as benzene and toluene due to its nature of petroleum byproduct. Most scented and aromatherapy candles are made with the combination of paraffin and artificial fragrance, they also release toxins and soot just like the exhaust of any diesel engine. The polluted air from paraffin is truly dreadful for human consumption, it is even worse for people with asthma or allergies.


beeswax candle
Contrary to paraffin candles, beeswax candles burn cleaner and produce very little soot or smoke. Beeswax is a natural and renewable resource that does not give off any toxin into the air. Therefore, candles made with beeswax are hypo-allergenic and very pleasant for people who are sensitive to harsh chemicals. Another persuasive reason to burn beeswax candles is that they are somehow produce negative ions which are important to purify the air from contaminants, odors and allergens. There is a belief that the negative ions can relieve tension, improve brain alertness and create better mood as well.  

Other advantages of burning beeswax candles over paraffin candles include the burning time as well as the quality. Beeswax, a 100% natural fuel created by bees, has a significantly high melting point. This fact allows it to take longer time to melt and burns much slower than paraffin; it burns almost every drop of wax. As a result, it only costs pennies for an hour burning time and leads to savings in the end. Unlike paraffin, candles made with beeswax do not leave any stains or black residue on the interior walls. Besides, they naturally tend to drip less and release clear bright light. Even though paraffin can be dripless, additional chemicals must be added in.

All in all, beeswax candles have much more competitive benefits than paraffin candles. They are considered as the most environmental friendly alternative among all the candles available in the market. Therefore, I believe that more and more people will replace their traditionally used paraffin candles with beeswax candles, sooner or later. As a matter of fact, not all beeswax candles in the market are made with 100% beeswax. Some of them may contain chemicals as well if not labeled as 100% or pure. Thus, make sure you only buy and use the 100% or pure beeswax candles in order to get all the optimum beeswax benefits.