This holiday season when your thoughts turn to gifts of candles, it would be good to be a little better informed about those scented candles that look so pretty in the jar and smell like warm apple pie.
Paraffin found in regular candles, is a grayish-black sludge by-product of the petroleum refining process. To make candles, the paraffin is bleached, textured, coloured and scented using carcinogenic chemicals. When burned, the carcinogens fill the room with toxins that coat the walls, furniture and the inside of your lungs.
Beeswax candles, however, produces a multi-level vibration that calms the inner senses while it sweetens the room with the pure scent of honey.
Beeswax emits a negative ion when burned. This is a GOOD THING. Negative ions circulate the room neutralizing the positive static charges that keep contaminants airborne. When this charge is neutralized, the contaminants (dust, odours, mold, pollen, viruses and other toxins) fall to the floor.
Beeswax candles burn hotter, brighter, longer and cleaner than conventional candles. Beeswax is also non-toxic and non-carcinogenic.
Soy candles, like Beeswax candles, are clean burning and non-toxic. Made of 100% Soy Bean Wax, a renewable resource, Soy candles are virtually soot-free, making them perfect for candle enthusiasts with allergies, asthma or other respiratory sensitivities.
Normally, Soy candles are made with 100% cotton core wicks with no lead or zinc and will burn longer and cooler than candles made from petroleum.
An excellent gift for your Vegan friends, Soy candles are environmentally friendly, biodegradable and do not increase the CO2 level in the atmosphere.
So, if you like the idea of giving the gift of light this holiday season, look for Beeswax or Soy candles that are naturally scented or scented with pure essential oils. And, if you really like the scent of warm apple pie, pick one up at the bakery before you visit your friends.