A few months ago I was approached by Living Wisdom magazine to write an article about the toxicity of candles.
Agreeing to write the article represented an opportunity for me to share some of the research that influenced my decision to only make 100% pure beeswax candles at Queen B. Given the financial challenges involved with running a business making pure beeswax candles – ie beeswax costs 20 – 50 times the price of paraffin, soy or palm wax – it is not a decision made lightly. It is, however, a decision made after extensive research.
With only 1500 words, it is necessarily a summary, but nevertheless, it is a starting point for anyone who wants to know more about the toxicity of candles. Unfortunately on the other side of this debate are the petroleum refining companies who sell paraffin, and the billion dollar soy and palm industries. I know that in penning this article I may be getting some people offside. Having said that, I think that everyone has a right to make their own decision… to have research at their fingertips and to make an informed decision.
This article also briefly touches on metal core wicks – and why we choose to only use 100% pure cotton wicks at Queen B – and fragranced/scented candles – and why we don’t scent Queen B candles.
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Queen B beeswax candles are made with 100% pure Australian beeswax a pure cotton wick and copious amounts of hand made love. We stock beautiful and stylish candle holders, personalised candles, votive candles and pillar candles that nourish the human spirit and our environment.