For those of you who don't know, not all candles are created equal. Like with many things, you should always look into the ingredients that go into candles before using them. Use candles that are only made of beeswax, not paraffin wax.
Paraffin Wax is Toxic
Paraffin wax is basically a byproduct of crude oil, only filtered, dyed and molded into pretty shapes to make it appealing as candles. This stuff is incredibly bad for your health, and you this if you pay attention to how paraffin candles burn. You'll notice that they burn a foul-smelling black smoke, especially when you blow out the flame. This smoke is basically soot and chemical residue from the candle, and you're breathing it into your lungs. Putting the candle out doesn't immediately solve the problem either, as anything that was burned clings to surfaces and gets recirculated anytime an air current moves past.
Use Beeswax Candles Instead
This is why it's always best to use beeswax candles instead. Not only are beeswax candles made of a more natural, environmentally friendly ingredient, they burn cleaner and longer. They burn clean because the only thing being burned is natural beeswax. They burn longer because they have a much higher melting point. If you're using a candle made of pure beeswax with no additives, you may even notice the slight scent of honey in the air when burning it.
Beeswax Candles Produce Negative Ions?
Some claim that beeswax candles also help clean the air when being burned by producing negative ions. The way that negative ions help clean the air is by purifying bacteria and viruses, and changing the static charge of allergens such as dust and pollen so that they fall to the floor, instead of lingering in the air waiting to be inhaled into your lungs.
That said, I would be remiss if I didn't point out that I can't vouch for this claim. Although I'm aware of the health benefits of negative ions, I haven't been able to find any actual scientific studies to back up the claim that beeswax candles do, in fact, produce more of them. I know many blogs claim that this is true, but none of ones I've seen have provided any proof of this, and I don't want to be just another person spreading misinformation. So believe what you will.
If anyone can find a concrete study proving that beeswax candles do actually produce negative ions, let me know in the comments below! I'd really appreciate it.
Other Types of "Natural" Candles
I'm aware that there are other candles that are touted as natural and environmentally friendly, such as soy wax candles. But soy wax is often misrepresented as being completely natural, when in fact, it is filled with additives and other byproducts. I personally think natural, organic beeswax is much easier to come by, which is why I think it's better to stick with that particular type of candle instead.
Hope you found this post helpful for when you're picking out your next candle!
Try your hand at making your own beeswax candle, or try making one out of a tangerine!