Now let’s take a look at beeswax. Beeswax is the oldest known ingredient in candle making history. It is reported to date all the way back to the ancient Egyptian culture and was found in many of the pyramid excavations. It is believed that they dipped papyrus leaves in the wax before burning them.
Beeswax is basically a by-product of honey, making it 100% natural and sustainable. Bees create the wax by consuming honey and making it as a part of their daily hive activities. When beekeepers are ready to harvest honey (usually only once or twice a year), they remove the caps of the honeycomb cells, leaving plenty for the bees to consume to begin the process all over again. The wax is then used in several apiary processes and the rest is often sold. It has a naturally sweet, honey-life fragrance and produces a wonderful warm golden glow of flame. Beeswax is considered to be the healthiest wax known to candle making because they are nearly 100% smokeless and sootless.
Of course, after working with beeswax for many months now, Inexplicable Things Apothecary absolutely loves this type of wax. And we are proud to offer it as an super environmentally friendly candle option, that will absolutely boost your spell crafting energies in more ways than you can count. But for those that think we are just biased, let’s take a closer look at beeswax versus paraffin.
I found this awesome little chart on a website that breaks it down much better than I ever could. (benefits-of-honey.com/beeswax-candles, 2021)
In my last blog post about wax, I covered the benefits of beeswax over soy – but just recap:
- Environmental Impact – soy is linked closely to deforestation. It’s causing some forests here in the US to be clear- cut and tilled up – to increase soy bean production. This leads to habitat destruction and soil erosion. The Amazon rainforest is now one of soy’s biggest victims, due to increased demand for soy wax.
- Beeswax is 100% natural, sustainable, a by product of honey production, and doesn’t kill or harm the bees in any way.
- Given the plight of bees, these days, it doesn’t hurt to promote beekeeping and the need for more apiaries.
- Allergies: Many folks suffer from allergies and burning candles can greatly exacerbate this. Because they are sometimes impure, soy wax candles can potentially make things worse by releasing soot and other chemicals
- Beeswax actually help clean the air as they burn by releasing negative ions. These negative ions attack and destroy the positively charged allergens and pollutants in your air. Many homes that burn a lot of beeswax candles report cleaner air and less need for allergen filtering.
- Light Spectrum: Soy candles tend to produce white, cool toned flame – much like a fluorescent light or light from a cell phone screen.
- Beeswax flames are much closer to natural light – well within the spectrum of the Sun. The flames are strong, warmer and often much brighter than soy candles – giving a warm, happy glow.
- Pesticides and GMO Usage – Most of today’s soybean crops are grown from genetically modified seeds. The seeds have been altered to become resistant to an herbicide, glyphosate, enabling farmers to use heavy herbicides to kill weeds without actually killing their soy bean plants. Traces of chemicals have been found in soy wax – everything from herbicides and pesticides to strong fertilizers and enhancers.
- Beeswax has less direct risk of exposure to such chemicals. Apiaries tend to intensely focus on keeping their bees healthy. Now, that being said, if bees pollinate in fields where pesticides or herbicides have been used, this can come across in the wax, as well, but generally in trace amounts.
- Chemical Processing: Soy (and other waxes) must undergo some serious chemical treatments in order to be ready for candle making use. Soy is bleached, deodorized, and often includes additives such as stearic acid or even paraffin wax. All of these tend to put off negative ions, among other things, when the candle is burned.
- Beeswax, on the other hand, is a natural product. Candles can be made from the basic, raw ingredient with absolutely no additives. Beeswax is super dense, fragrant and beautiful, as is. The colors and fragrances that we use in our beeswax, are also eco-friendly, so we aren’t defeating the purpose by adding colors or fragrances when we hand dip our candles.
- Candle Life: The denser the candle, the longer the burn time/candle life. Soy wax is not nearly as dense as beeswax, meaning beeswax will burn much longer than soy. Many manufacturers mix paraffin with soy to increase the density, but paraffin also burns quickly, so this does nothing to extend the candle life of the soy candle. (Reusegrownenjoy.com/soyvsbeeswax, 2019)
So there you have it – a quick little comparison showing the benefits of beeswax. And all of this before we even mention the benefits of using beeswax for spell crafting. Beeswax use is ancient – and speaks directly to our ancestors. Many folks that make the switch to beeswax candles report increased energy during rituals, quicker manifestation of spell work, better meditations, and even overall feelings of well being following a candle burning. I, for one, can speak directly about the increase in manifestation and power, as well as ancestral appreciation once we made the switch to beeswax.
Don’t believe us? Give it a try. See the results for yourself.
Why did I bring you all of this information? I believe in helping to educate folks about what is out there. About the choices, as well as benefits. We believe in conjuring responsibly and as more and more folks begin to care more about the environment, we wanted to explain some of the options that may help keep their conjure on track if being environmentally friendly is a priority, like it is to us. Educate yourself! And experiment!
I will close by sharing a cool little video that I found on YouTube that shows the differences in candle life.
Quite an interesting little video they made! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KVrmI7xQ7M