Candles without paraffin wax are hugely in demand. This is due mainly because of two different movements happening in there UK and around the world. Firstly the move in recent years to living a more sustainable eco-friendly lifestyle, and secondly the importance of self-care, both physically and mentally.
So why is candles without paraffin? What makes paraffin free wax candles good for the environment and good for us? First, let’s find out what paraffin actually is. It is a substance which creates two hugely toxic by products; toluene and benzene. These are known as carcinogens which are linked to the formation of cancers. Paraffin wax candle are created saturated hydrocarbons. Paraffin is used in various beauty treatments such as relaxing nail cuticles. It is used in crayons and as electrical insulation… and it is used in most candles. Although safe to use on the skin (occasionally a rash can occur, but this is rare). Paraffin is a by-product of petrol and has been used in candles since the mid 19th century. It can be bleached and dyed easily and melts at a relatively low temperature, making in many ways ideal.
So why is it bad for you and the environment?
By lighting a paraffin candle you are releasing toxic fumes and dark soot into the air. If you have any problems with breathing- athsma or the like, we recommend staying away from them.
What should you use instead?
Beeswax candles (like ours- check out our shop here)
are far better for the environment and for you. Not only are they 100% natural, but the beeswax actually purifies the air when it’s burned. It attracts the negative ions in the air (such as dirt, dust etc) and neutralises it. So in the future, when looking at candles, stay away from the paraffin and opt for pure beeswax
instead. This doesn't mean your candles can't have smells in them; we sell a selection of candles that have various scents, all of which use natural ingredients rather than created artificially. These candles are not bad for the environment - they will still purify the air and neutralise your surroundings. Find out where beeswax comes from here.