I am a firm believer in the adage, “If it isn’t broke, don’t repair it.” However, in many spheres of life, it is vital to “better.”
This article discusses the distinctions between Natural Wax Candles and its rival Paraffin Wax. While there are numerous types of wax available on the market today, I’d want to concentrate on these two for the time being.
Why Shouldn’t Use Paraffin Wax
So, what exactly is Paraffin Wax, and what’s the big deal about it? First and foremost, it is petroleum-based, and petroleum is generated from the garbage. It’s right, and you read that accurately. It is bleached and then treated with a textured material known as Acrolyn. Acrolyn, you say? So, what exactly is it? It is a carcinogen, or a cancer-causing substance, in layman’s words. Paraffin is a gasoline and motor oil residue.
All of that grimy black muck surrounding candle jars, votive holders, walls, and everything else it comes into touch with produces Petrol Carbons, which include 11 recognized hazardous chemicals. Two of these 11 are well-known, Toluene and Benzene, and they are all burning in your house, where you, your family, and your pets are inhaling it in.
Danger To Health
When a Paraffin candle is burned, it emits hazardous vapors that may irritate the eyes, causing them to itch, redden, and burn, and in rare instances, enlargement of the eyes. The searing fuel fumes may irritate the sensitive lining of your nose and throat, making them feel raw and inflamed. Another typical “side effect” of paraffin candles is headaches. Dermatitis (skin inflammation) with discomfort and a rash is another uncommon adverse effect of petrol fumes. Just ask any auto technician.
They will inform you. They work in those precise fumes for 8 hours or longer a day, seven days a week. You’d think they’d get paid more or given hazard pay. Okay, there’s another piece that has to be written.
So, you say, I don’t light my candles enough to do any of this damage, so why quit using them? That is absolutely up to the customer, and I am not here to tell you who may and cannot have any candle they want to light; I am just giving out the facts.
Made Of Unknown Ingredients
How many individuals do you know that like to light candles they buy in bakery boxes? Probably quite a few, including yourself. Constant exposure over time and accumulation is when issues arise, and we frequently have no idea why our systems are behaving the way they are. It’s usually from some alien, unknown substance, and it never occurs to us. The typical candle purchaser burns their candles for 1-3 hours every day. That all adds up.
You can use the use of Paraffin for AGES as the sole source of light and heat. Why not, I mean? It was all that was available, and paraffin burns quite hot. People are waking up to the idea that our environmental irresponsibility (myself included) must come to a screeching end before there is nothing promising to leave our legacies behind us.
A Too Cheap Option
While discussing this with several people, I know that one woman who was an active paraffin candle user did so because she could purchase them “cheaper.”
She phoned me one day and said she paid attention to what she was told and noted the black sooty Grimey mess and how greasy the air surrounding the jar candle she’d blown out was, as well as the fact that she coughed after blowing them out. “Well, I suppose I may as well put my head under a hot automobile and breathe in the engine oil, huh?” she remarked. She no longer purchases them on her own.
I must share my opinion against animal testing in this section; I do not condone, agree with, participate in, or have anything to do with using animals and stuffing them with toxic substances to improve humanity. However, we all know it’s done, and another story will be written later.
Animal tests and research have demonstrated that paraffin produces cancers, most often in the bladder and respiratory system. Cats are extremely vulnerable.
As most of us are aware, if it physically modifies, maims, kills, or causes tumors in an animal, common sense dictates that it may also happen to people.
Comparison Of Natural Wax And Paraffin Candles
Then there’s the comparison. We’ll start with the Natural Wax Blend that our firm employs.
- Made with Soybeans, Vegetables, and Beeswax.
- Biodegradable using renewable materials.
- It is available from natural resources.
- Grown in the United States and Benefits American Farmers.
- Toxic-Free (no cancer-causing agents).
- Strongly scented.
- Burns cleaner, more evenly, and for 50% longer (even burn time creates larger pools of wax which is what produces a large scent throw).
- They liquefy and entirely burn away till they are completely gone (always follow candle instructions).
- It is 98 percent Soot Free, which is the closest anybody has come! The natural cotton wick is responsible for the extremely low burn-off.)
- Improved Breathable Air Quality.
- These candles you purchase in candle boxes are Environmentally friendly.
- These have a low melting point, which means they burn cooler and with a smaller flame (also helping scent throw and even burn).
- You will waste Less wax, making it more cost-effective.
- Cleans up with warm soapy water since it is water-soluble.
- Paraffin Wax is available from a petroleum-based byproduct of gasoline refining.
- It is frequently available from foreign or domestic oil.
- It produces 11 recognized cancer-causing agents/toxins. Toulene and Benzene are two well-known examples.
- It produces a large amount of soot into the air and your house.
- NOT WATER SOLUBLE AND DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO CLEAN UP COMPLETELY, ESPECIALLY IN CARPETS.
- Also, it burns a lot hotter, quicker, and unevenly. Paraffin candles will burn straight down the middle, creating a tunnel.
- Wicks burn out before candle wax runs out.
- Tossing out half-burned candles.
- Not cost-effective / not ecologically friendly.
Wicks also play an important role in the candles we buy in candle packaging boxes. There are two kinds of people. Non-Cored (lead and zinc-free) fabrics are often constructed of twisted plant fibers, mostly cotton or braided. This is the terminology we use at our company. More and more manufacturers are making the conversion to non-Cored, which is a healthier option. Bigger organizations still utilize Cored. When you use cored wicks with hazardous wax, you get the “Double Whammy.”