Stall with festive wax candles at the Street Christmas Market in Vilnius in Lithuania. The market is an annual tradition and a part of celebration

We all love the smell and texture of pure beeswax candles. But paraffin candles are a lot cheaper. Why spend the extra cash on beeswax candles? Paraffin wax is made of petroleum sludge at the base of oil refinery barrels. When it burns it creates nasty black smoke that stains your walls and ceiling. But were you aware that burning paraffin generates the identical pollution as a gasoline engine? That gasoline exhaust with its carcinogens does not just stain your walls and ceiling; it gets into your lungs, too.

Get a Healthy House

Most paraffin candles use cheap wicks that contain lead and other heavy metals. These also go up in flames, and into your lungs. High quality beeswax candles will use cotton wicks. Indoor air pollution is often far greater than outdoor pollution. With so many pollutants in our environment that we can not control, why add to our compound overload if we do not have to?

Natural beeswax candles are the healthy alternative to paraffin. Instead of producing indoor air pollution, beeswax candles emit beneficial negative ions that actually clean the air around them as they burn! When kept out of drafts, beeswax candles burn three-times more than similarly- sized paraffin candles, and with a brighter fire. A little beeswax votive candle may have a fifteen-hour burntime!


Beeswax is a natural by-product of honey production. Even when they are not burning they smell fantastic, such as honey. Beeswax candles are not made from overseas oil and their manufacture does not add to environmental pollution. For all these reasons, natural beeswax votives, tea lights and columns would be the ultimate candles for aromatherapy oil warmers and basic home use.