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 toluene 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 the cleansing of the air you see after a thundershower a negative ionic event if there ever was one.
But LB! You're part 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 a 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 vehicle, in case of an on road emergency requiring a bit of natural light and heat without polluting the cab of the bat truck.
Today's new beeswax candle comes from an Illinois beekeeping family:
The Raines family has been beekeepers for the past 19 years, expanding their business to keep up with the demand for their premium honey. Their hives are placed on family farms across Northwest Illinois and Southwest Il. A small one-family operation they produce some of the tastiest honey I've had in years. Sure, premium honey costs more than store bought but once you try it you'll view store honey like "really bad coffee". There is that much of a taste difference. The Raines honey is pure, raw, and natural with a sweet flavor that comes from local flowers, mostly clover. They never cook, pressure filter or add anything to their honey nor do they use any chemicals in their beehives.
Now I can add a new animal candle around my tub now instead of those Ikea tub o'tealights for ten bucks, which just sooted up my bathroom. 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 homesteader, 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 and order up some yummy honey from the Raines family while you are at it. You'll be glad you did.