Hello there! Here at Good Juju Apothecary, Bath Bar's Sister Company, we like to engage in open Informative Conversations about health, healing, beauty, and natural ingredients. Recently I’ve had a lot of conversations about candle wax. I thought this could be a great opportunity to share some waxy information. Let me start by telling you: All candle waxes are not created equally; some are toxic & poisonous to your home & body...
Most of the candles you purchase contain paraffin. This is a hot-button topic and ingredient that releases poisons into your home and body. I don’t use paraffin, I never have and don’t advocate the use of it at all. (Click the link to see why it is so bad for you.)
Healthier Alternatives to paraffin wax are beeswax and soy respectively. Soy is often used in candle making because of its lower level of toxicity and affordability. Soy candles are often significantly less expensive than beeswax and other plant based candles. Although soy candles don’t boast medicinal properties; are they clearly a better choice than paraffin candles? Well, sometimes.
Soy candles Vs. Beeswax & Coconut Oil
In the U.S., the term “pure” on a label means only 51% of an ingredient (and that goes for food, too). Companies sell both “pure” beeswax candles and “pure” soy candles, which can contain a combination of 51% beeswax/soy wax and 49% toxic paraffin. Interestingly, even a 100% soy wax candles are usually processed with a small amount of not good for you paraffin. Soy candles can also often contain artificial fragrances and dyes, some of the same poisonous dyes and fragrances added to paraffin candles. In addition to deceptive labeling, soy candles can pose serious environmental concerns. More than 90% of soy on the market is genetically modified (GM). GM crops are heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides, causing harm to both the harvesters and the soil. So if you are buying soy candles, chances are you are supporting the production of GMO’s–which devastate our environment and our health. (Click link to read more about GMO)
Now Entering The Big Question: WHY BEESWAX?
Beeswax (Cera alba) is a natural wax produced by honey bees. When heated, beeswax emits negative ions into the air that can weigh down the positive ions (pollutants) in the air, acting almost like a natural air purifier. These same negative ions also work to reduce the effects of allergies, asthma and hay fever. Beeswax offers additional benefits to the skin including protective, soothing, emollient, nourishing, and healing properties.
Good Juju Apothecary Candles are made of100% Organic Beeswax & Organic Coconut Oil, so you can rest assure that you are breathing safe healthy candles with additional medicinal properties. Oh and I can’t forget about my first love coconut oil. Why mix in the organic coconut oil? Coconut oil has a legendary reputation for its antimicrobial nature. Even when experienced topically, the fatty acids in coconut oil work to boost immunity when converted to monolaurin, a useful treatment in the prevention of various infections.
Here we are, at the end of the great CANDLE WAX debate. I hope this sheds some light, candlelight.