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Why Beeswax Candles Are Better Than Paraffin

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Renewability. Regular paraffin candles are made from petroleum byproducts - a finite resource.

Longer-lasting light. Beeswax candles have a higher melting point than other candles, so they keep the flame burning up to three times longer than other waxes.

A cleaner burn. Beeswax candles produce less soot than petroleum-based ones.

Options for the soy-allergic. Soy is one of the most common allergens (one of eight ingredients that must be listed on food labels).

Check labels for 100% beeswax, since manufacturers are allowed to label candles as beeswax even if the content is only 51%, and opt for less-refined, yellow candles over white.

Sunbeam Honeycomb Pillar Candles - these honeycomb-shaped pillars are produced in a solar-powered factory and can burn up to 100 hours ($9-$26).

Big Dipper Wax Works Aromatherapy Candles - come in refillable glass holders and burn for up to 30 hours; available in nine scents ($11-$26).

Blue Corn Naturals Tea Lights - ivory tea lights that burn up to six hours; available with or without reusable plastic or glass cups ($6/6 candles).

Local Harvest - find your local farmer's market. Many offer locally produced beeswax candles.

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