So much more to say about the greatness of 100% Beeswax...
- Beeswax candles produce negative ions that attract positive ions. But, positive ions aren't so positive. They're the pollutants such as dust, odours, toxins, pollen, mold, bacteria, and viruses that are floating in the air. Beeswax neutralizes the pollutants and the simply fall to the ground. The dustier your home, the more "black debris" you'll find deposited in the wax around the wick.
- Burning a beeswax candle in the bedroom for a half hour before sleep helps produce a more restful sleep.
- Beeswax is a safe, valuable fuel - one of the purest known - and it burns slower and cleaner than paraffin, therefore it's cheaper to use.
- Beeswax is virtually smokeless and dripless when used properly (see below).
- Beeswax burns with a golden halo and is significantly hotter than paraffin.
- candles listing beeswax as an ingredient may contain as little as 30% beeswax. If it doesn't state on the label "100% pure beeswax" it probably isn't.
So much more to say about the badness of Parafin, and many commercial wicks...
- Many commercial candles are made from paraffin, the grayish-black sludge that oozes from the backside of the petroleum refineries. It's bleached, textured with a carcinogenic product called acrolyn, chemically coloured and artificially scented.
- Health Canada is urging the Canadian candle industry to stop manufacturing and importing candles with lead and zinc core wicks. They are hazardous to human health - even in small amounts. Some candle makers use lead and zinc cores to make the wicks rigid.
TIPS FOR LONGER BURNING CANDLES
Quicker Lighting! Light your candles at an angle at the base of the wick.
Trim the Wick! Keep the wick trimmed at 1/4 inch to prevent wick from smoking and to extend burn time.
Longer Life! Push the sidewalls into the liquid wax pool to raise the level of the wax. Be careful not to over push - it will cause wax leakage and smoulder the wick. This prevents "hollowing" of the candle and prevents the incidents of a weaken of the walls of the candles which may cause a hole to open and wax to leak out of side of candle. Best to push in the walls after the wax has slightly cooled off.
Dunk it! Instead of blowing out your beeswax candles, extinguish it by "dunking" the wick into the melted wax. Don't forget to flip it back up! This way, you'll have a smokeless wick that is easier to light the next time.
Keep Burning! For 3" diameter pillar candles or larger, burn for 2 hours the first time and at least every 3rd or 4th burn to establish a nice "melt pool" and ensure optimal burning time for the life of your candle. Your candle may develop a tendency to burn down the middle and not out to the sides if it is not burned long enough each time.
Dodge the Draft! We suggest to not burn candles near windows, vents, fans, fireplaces and heaters. Air drafts may cause an uneven burn resulting in a slope on one side which could create excess dripping of wax, smoking of flame due to the wax leakage, and cracked glass if flame gets too close to holder.
Uneven Surfaces! Uneven surfaces will cause the melted wax pool and flame to heat up one side more than the other causing for an uneven burn which will cause for a weakening of one side, which will make a slope and cause the dripping of wax down the candle.
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