beeswax vs paraffin candles

Beeswax vs paraffin candles, which is better? But not just for candles, but in your homemade natural bath and body products? Bees wax is a natural wax produced in the bee hive of honey bees. It is the worker bees, the females, that create this wax, to build honeycomb cells for three purposes; raising their young, storing honey, and pollen. It takes eight times the consumption in honey to create the wax. It is estimated that bees fly 150,000 miles to create one pound of beeswax.

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Beeswax vs Paraffin candles:

  • beeswax:
    a natural wax
    made by the female honey bees
  • paraffin wax:
    derived from petroleum, coal or oil shale
    uses include lubrication, electrical insulation and candles, crayons
    historically was cheaper, easier to make and more reliable than tallow candles
    stearic acid wax can be paraffin derived – double check to get the vegetable oil wax version
    the paraffin source also created polyethylene, wax paper, candy making, chewing gum, coating for cheeses
    beauty and therapy purposes, ie wax baths
    the major Vaseline ingredient
    Occupational safety and health recommends limited paraffin wax fumes of 2 mg over 8 hours (consider candles)
    considered an acne cause

It is the type of flowers gathered by the bees that determines the color of the wax, from a white to brown, most often a shade of yellow. The color of beeswax is at first white and then darkens with age and use.

This is especially true if it is used to raise the young bees. The color has no significance as to the quality of the wax (other than its aesthetic appeal). Formerly, bees wax was bleached using ozonisation, sulfuric acid, or hydrogen peroxide which resulted in the addition of chemicals into the wax. Bleaching has now been stopped by reputable candle manufacturers and other suppliers of this natural wax.

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60% of total beeswax is used to make candles, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. It is also used in polishing materials for shoes, furniture, models, pool table filler, and as a protective coating for aging cheese. Bees wax can be softened with vegetable oil to make it softer and more workable.

In beeswax vs paraffin candles, the best candles are beeswax. The most important aspect of bees wax, besides the naturalness, is that they burn brighter, longer, and cleaner than any other candle! The flame virtually emits the same light spectrum as the sun and in the process of burning, negative ions (which is a positive thing) are released to clean the air and invigorate the body. The negative ions is what the air smells like after a storm.

This 100% natural fuel created by bees is naturally scented by the honey and nectar of flowers packed into the honeycombs and gives off a subtle fragrance as it burns. If the bees wax has a medicinal smell, chances are that it has been chemically altered or bleached. Always check for 100% beeswax, for the legalities on labeling these candles states that a mere 55% content can be called ‘beeswax’, and for soy candles, a minimum amount of 20% soy wax can allow for those type of candles to be called ‘soy’.

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Here are a couple of recipes that involve wax, make sure it is stearic acid wax from vegetables and not crude oil, the lip balm recipe and the lotion recipe.

Article from CNN about paraffin based candles and the health aspects.

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