Updated: Nov 17, 2021
It's the classic match, Beeswax Vs. Paraffin!
Which is really superior and which is actually money-saving for you? Let's get right to it!
#1 Price Wars
Yes, you're right, paraffin is a whole lot cheaper than beeswax. The reason for this is because paraffin is readily available for it's simply a byproduct of petroleum that's been further processed for product use. On the other hand, beeswax is derived from the natural secretions of bees after they've collected nectar and produced honey. Did you know that beekeepers can only get 2 pounds of beeswax for every 100 pounds of harvested honey? Clearly, this is why beeswax is considered premium!
#2 Origin & Ingredients Reveal
Following #1, being all-natural and pure, beeswax is from a renewable resource so it's eco-friendly and sustainable! Meanwhile, paraffin wax is derived from petroleum, which is not a renewable resource.
When it comes to colours and scents, beeswax candles come with natural honey colour and scent with hints of honeycomb's floral nectar, which is carbon-neutral. Paraffin is usually coloured with artificial dyes and uses synthetic fragrances that carry toxins and may likely stain when lit.
Also, although this depends on the candle manufacturers, beeswax often comes with cotton wicks, which create less to zero soot when burned, therefore it's less to even non-toxic, clean burn. Paraffin often uses lead wicks, however, so it produces soot, adding to the toxic burn overall.
#3 Impacts on You & the Environment
Again, as beeswax is all-natural, it has zero chemicals! This makes 100% beeswax candles safe, eco-friendly, and toxic-free! They're also biodegradable and sustainable! 100% beeswax candles have a clean burn, plus did you know that they emit negative ions that help purify the air you breathe?! Yes, they're hypoallergenic so they're very beneficial for you and the people you love and care for who suffer from allergies and asthma, etc. without costing the earth!
Where beeswax is abundantly generous, the paraffin unfortunately lacks. First, paraffin undergoes strong chemical processing such as industrial strength bleaching to modify its color from black to white, and using more chemicals for solidify and addressing dripping issues, thus so many toxins are created in the process. Second, when you burn a paraffin candle, these toxins are released into the atmosphere, and in accumulation, polluting the air you breathe and the environment. Oh no!!!
#4 Brightness & Burn Time Supremacy
Beeswax candles emit a beautiful, natural, bright light - its light spectrum is closest to that of the sun! It burns much brighter than paraffin whose light simply could not be compared to the natural warmth and brightness beeswax offers.
Additionally, beeswax candles have a high melting point, and is considered to be highest compared to common waxes. They burn about 2-5 times longer and do not drip as much (if not at all) unlike other candles. They makes them quite cost-effective! Meanwhile, paraffin have a rather short burn and drip tons, so you may need to burn more of them, adding more costs for you and causing more environmental damage.
#5 Beauty & Longevity
You might be thinking that beeswax, being all-natural and having zero chemicals, doesn't stand a chance in preserving its beauty throughout its life, right? Well, my friend, it turns out that beeswax candles do burn even more beautiful with age as develops a white film that is considered highly desirable. Paraffin falls short, yet again, in these two aspects as their artificial beauty does not last long with time.
The Verdict is Clear: Beeswax Wins.
Beeswax candles burn brighter, longer, and cleaner with additional benefits of being hypoallergenic and serving as a natural air purifier! Now, that's truly a natural gift from nature to us, isn't it? You have to experience it yourself for you to really appreciate the overall benefits of a 100% Beeswax Candle.
Just a friendly reminder, some candles may be labelled as "beeswax" even though it contains other wax blends like soy or worse, paraffin!
You'd want to look for a "100% beeswax" or "pure beeswax" in the label, to be sure.
At Finlay Bee, you can be rest assured that our 100% Beeswax Candle and our 100% Beeswax Tealights are made of 100% pure beeswax with just a dash of honey extract to accentuate that subtle natural honey scent, besides that, there's absolutely no other additives!
Plus, all our candles come with cotton wicks, too, adding to the clean, long burn without the soot!
Make the switch today and improve your quality of life for the better and those of the people you hold dear, too!
Give the Gift of 100% Beeswax Candles in the coming holidays!