I just got back from the doctor two days ago, reassessing my severe asthma and allergies and what we could do to lessen my symptoms before we launch into spring and all the lovely allergens that season of beauty and growth entails. (For a nature loving girl, I am cursed with a biological intolerance of the outdoors!)
While talking to my doctor, before we considered medicine and inhalers and all the doodads available in a pharmacy for allergy relief, we ran down a checklist of ways to reduce allergy triggers in my home. I was pleasantly surprised to find my doctor taking such a preventative approach to allergies instead of just shoving pills at me.
We went over managing pet dander, reducing dust mites, using hypoallergenic bedding, and of course, the all-important use of air purifiers!
The Benefits Of Beeswax Candles
I’ve made it no secret on my blog that I have a love affair with using natural 100% beeswax candles for relaxation, ambiance and air purifying in my home. I made the switch from paraffin to beeswax when my daughter was born, when I discovered that paraffin candles are one of the absolute WORST offenders to indoor air quality.
Not only do paraffin candles emit verifiably harmful levels of carcinogens with each burn, but they launch toxic microscopic black soot into the air that wreaks havoc on upper respiratory systems. Needless to say, this isn’t exactly ideal conditions for allergen-free indoor air!
Meanwhile, beeswax candles burn clean, with no additives or synthetic chemicals. Unlike paraffin they do not leave behind black soot or smoke as they burn. And while beeswax candles are allergen free, they also work to purify the air, emitting negative ions and removing common household allergens as they burn! (I’ll be blogging much more about this in the coming week, so keep an eye out for upcoming posts!)
About Mohawk Valley Beeswax Candles
Mohawk Valley Trading Company has become my favorite company for honey and honey based products! They provide the highest quality unprocessed natural products and they do not use pesticides in any of their apiaries. All this means superior quality honey and beeswax candles!
How These Beeswax Candles Are Made
Beeswax is created by honeybees from honey which is made from flower nectar. These high quality beeswax candles are made from melted and filtered caps that seal the honeycomb and the honeycomb itself. The wax is produced by worker bees from glands on the ventral side of the abdomen. The beeswax is clear when produced, but stained yellow from contact with the pollen and honey in the hive.
Making one gram of beeswax requires about 1100 wax scales which are about 3 millimeters by 0.1 millimeters. To make one pound of beeswax, bees must eat about eight times as much honey by weight and collectively fly an estimated distance of 150,000 miles or approximately six times around the earth! A beekeeper will harvest about 1 pound of wax for every 10 pounds of honey.
More from the Mohawk Valley Trading Company website:
[To make the beeswax candles] the cappings are scraped off and set aside. The honey is then removed by spinning or in some cases crushing the comb. The honey is filtered and bottled. The remaining wax is either placed back into the hive to collect more honey or melted for use as beeswax. The wax is heated, filtered through a fine mesh and then poured into molds. Nothing is added to our 100% pure beeswax candles.
The color of the wax in Mohawk Valley’s beeswax candles ranges from pale buttery yellow to deep golden yellow based on the pollen used by the bees to produce the honey and wax – it all depends on the type of flowers the bees have visited. Each candle is a unique natural work of art.
My Thoughts On Mohawk Valley’s Beeswax Candles
Jonathan and I stored the beeswax candles in our hall coat closet until we were ready to burn them, and when we decided to give the candles a whirl, we opened the closet to be greeted with a lovely subtle honey scent! The scent does not amplify while burning, but the gentle floral tones do linger. (I never thought of candles as an air freshener, but now I am addicted to the lovely honey scent that permeates my coat closet now!)
Seriously. These candles smell so good I keep on shoving them against my nose and deeply inhaling them like some kind of junkie. I may or may not have done that half a dozen time whilst typing out this review. *shifty eyes*
Anyhoo, lovely scents aside, these candles burn evenly, and far brighter than paraffin candles. The burn time is extremely long, especially in comparison to typical synthetic candles. Mohawk Valley conveniently lists expected burn times on their candle labels, which makes planning out burn times and conserving candles a cinch.
I would highly recommend candles through Mohawk Valley Trading Company. Their prices are competitive, and unlike companies that source their beeswax elsewhere, and only make candles, Mohawk Valley oversees all elements of their honey based products from start to finish through traditional beekeeping methods.
It’s VERY important to buy beeswax candles from a company that you can trust. In the United States the term “pure” on a label means only 51% of an ingredient. And more often than not, when companies are selling “pure” beeswax candles, they’re selling a combination of up to 51% beeswax and 49% toxic paraffin.
Mohawk Valley Trading Company beeswax candles are 100% pure, all natural, unbleached and produced from their beehives in the USA.
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