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Treehouse Tips: Beeswax Candles vs. Paraffin Wax Candles

Team member Ida Keung posts daily tips on sustainable living. See all of her Treehouse Tips by clicking here.

Are you a candle-lover that loves to burn scented candles all over your house? Unless these candles are labelled specifically as made from beeswax, you are most likely burning paraffin wax candles. Paraffin is a by-product from the process of refining petroleum (a non-renewable resource), and it is bleached, textured, coloured and scented using carcinogenic chemicals to create candles that look appealing and smell good. When burned, these candles release the carcinogens (cancer causing agents) into the air that you breath, and it also gets absorbed into your walls and furniture.

On the other hand, candles made from beeswax produce no by-products and actually produce ions that neutralize pollutants in the air like as dust, odours, mould, bacteria, viruses, and other toxins. Another bonus to beeswax candles is that they have a pleasant natural colour and aroma from the bee’s source of pollen and nectar.

While beeswax candles may be more expensive than paraffin wax candles, they take a lot longer to burn.

For more information on this renewable candle variety, and to get beeswax candles at a reasonable price, check out Beelites Candles at their website: http://www.beelites.ca/products/about_beeswax.html

[Beelites Candles has generously offered to give a disount of 10% off any of their products along with a free tealight (scented with 100% essential oils) to anyone who has been referred to their website through Foodtree. All you have to do is quote “FoodTree Blog” in the company section of the order form!]


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