Hundreds of years ago, candles were made from beeswax. Over time, those beeswax candles were gradually replaced by tallow (animal fat) candles, and then in the last century by paraffin candles. If you look at the candles in your home, that's likely what you have. But what exactly IS paraffin?
Well, it's made from the goo found at the bottom of barrels of crude oil, which is then treated and bleached with chemical solvents such as benzene and toulene to "clean it up". This is AFTER the stuff to make asphalt is extracted. There's a reason such candles put out soot and smoke when you burn them, along with some tasty carcinogens. To get around that natural "diesel fuel" smell the makers add synthetic fragrance oils, many of which can be toxic if burned.
Then I discovered 100% beeswax candles.
Not only do beeswax candles not put out the pollutants, they also help clean the air, for as the candle burns, negative ions are emitted that clean the air. How? Negative ions are drawn to positive, and positive ions attract and hold on to airborne things such as mold, dust, bacteria, viruses and odor causing pollutants, and are suspended in the air. The negative ions latch on to the "contaminated" positive ions and weigh them down where they fall to the ground. It's similar to a the cleansing of the air you see after a thundershower a negative ionic event if there ever was one.
But Brigid! You're Scot! You're a spendthrift! You refinish and reupholster throw away curb furniture and bake your own bread. Those candles are rather pricey.
Home Emergency Supplies - candles are a part of most smart folks ready reserves for natural disaster or electrical outage. Not only does the beeswax candle burn cleaner, nice in close quarters, but it has a flame that's much brighter than traditional candles, with the same light spectrum as a ray of sun. I keep one in the glove box of my car, in case of an on road emergency requiring a bit of natural light and heat without polluting the cab of the bat truck.
They are a family owned, Midwest basedCompany and their bee balms (from unscented to my favorites lavender/vanilla or almond/vanilla) have saved my hands for years from the constant scrubbing that is sometimes part of my day. The bee balm, especially the Calendula Pomegranate is wonderful for the skin of folks going through radiation with cancer treatment and I try and send a jar out to bloggers I know are going through that or have a family member who is. It's also a natural SPF 15 with no chemicals that I will use on my face on a daily basis for light sun protection (though being redhead, if I'm out in the strong sun for any long period of time, I need a hat, SPF50 and a few of those tiles they use on the space shuttle).
Plus I have the little animal ones around my tub now instead of those Ikea tubs o'tealights for ten bucks, which just sooted up my shower curtain. These candles produce NO smoke and last SO long, while your drapes, walls and air stay fresh and clean.
Whether you are a candle lover, a prepper, someone who loves their "Calgon Take Me Away" candle accompanied baths, or live in an area with power outages, add some pure beeswax candles to your supplies. You might just like them because your house is full of dog hair and you're sneezing all the time. For whatever the reason you, will find the slight amount more you pay has benefit beyond compare.