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Some information about beeswax candles:

It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that beeswax was used to make candles. Until then the rendered fat of animals in the form of tallow was the ingredient for most candles.

When the petroleum refining industry emerged in the 20th century, paraffin became the dominant ingredient for candle-making. Paraffin is the final by-product of petroleum.

Some researchers say that soot given off from the burning of paraffin-based candles is the same as the soot given off by burning diesel fuel. Some of the air contaminants include substances found in paint and varnish removers, including benzene and toluene which the EPA calls probable carcinogens.

As if the above isn’t enough, many candles still have lead wicks and oils used in many scented candles are petroleum-based synthetics and not natural plant-derived essential oils.

“The University of Michigan recently conducted a study which showed that one-third of the candles tested from the United States and overseas released more lead into the air than is recommended as safe by the EPA. The study also showed the amounts of lead in the air increased the longer the candles burned.”
The above refers to paraffin-based candles with lead wicks.

Like most people, I’ve burned plenty of paraffin-based candles that probably contained synthetic fragrances, but now for the good news!

There ARE alternatives.

Plant-based candles such as soy, and beeswax candles burn cleaner and they are renewable resources.

Beeswax burns clean with a golden flame and produces negative ions which purify the air by attaching to dust particles which then drop to the floor. I use an all cotton wick which does not contain lead.

I’ve used the following as a source for some of the information above: