Besides providing a warm glow, candles can also help freshen the air in a home. But did you know that while paraffin wax candles emit a cloud of soot, natural beeswax candles emit charged ions that actually help remove pollutants from the air?
Common paraffin wax candles are derived from petroleum, which is obviously not a renewable resource. They also emit particulate pollution as they burn, some of which can even be carcinogenic.
Beeswax candles, on the other hand, burn clean with virtually no smoke (you’ll notice the lack of a sooty mess inside the candle holder). Some beeswax candles add fragrances, but unfiltered beeswax by itself has a naturally mild, clean scent. Plain beeswax is an especially good option for individuals with allergies or asthma who are sensitive to indoor pollutants.
Best of all, beeswax candles don’t just avoid polluting the air, they help clean it. Instead of covering odors with perfume, beeswax candles emit negatively charged ions as they burn. Since many common airborne pollutants like dust and pet dander are positively charged particles, the negative ions attach to them and pull them from the air.
Beeswax candles are available in a staggering variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. Our favorites available at Amazon are the basic 4″ x 1″ Pillar (4 for $9), the 2″ x 1.75″ Votive (4 for $14.99), the handmade 3.5″ x 2.5″ Pillar ($10.50), and the large 5.5″ x 2.5″ Pillar (2 for $24.95).
Feel like making your own? All you need is a wick and some beeswax ($14.91 for a one-pound block).