Soy Wax & Bees Wax VS Paraffin Wax
There are three main reasons many people avoid buying petroleum (paraffin) products:
* Petroleum smoke/exhaust contains many toxins
* Petroleum is not a renewable resource and it is of a limited supply
* Burning petroleum products creates air pollution and contributes to global warming. Paraffin candles contain up to 11 carcinogenic compounds. These 11 compounds have been deemed 'toxic air contaminants' by the State of California. An air quality researcher, David Krause, has documented evidence that candle soot particles contain many of the same compounds given off from burning diesel fuel.
In the Nov/Dec 2000 edition of the Emagazine, in an article titled, 'The Inside Scoop,' Kathleen O'Neil writes that a recent study of residents in both residential and an industrial areas found chemical levels in the subjects' bodies indicating they had received doses of pollutants in their homes five to 70 times higher than the highest outdoor levels. Burning candles are listed in the article as contributing their share of indoor pollution.
Unfortunately, a large percentage of the human population is not aware of candle ingredients. One reason is that candle ingredients are not required to be listed, and labels are often worded in such a way that some consumers think they are buying healthy, aromatherapy candles, when in reality the candle is mostly a petroleum wax and synthetic fixatives, with a little bit of plant essential oil added in. Even if a candle is labeled as being made of beeswax, or even soy often there is paraffin as well (don’t be afraid to ask the candle maker). At Shidon Naturals we only use pure beeswax and soy wax (no additives)! The wicks are usually made of chemically grown cotton that has been bleached using dioxins. Wicks with metal down the middle are the most hazardous, as they contain lead. At Shidon Naturals we use hemp and cotton core wicks. Which are not chemically treated………….. If you have any questions about our candles don’t hesitate to ask! We’ve got nothing to hide. Enjoy!