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Beeswax Candles vs. Paraffin Candles

Do you know what most commercial candles are made of? The 6 billion dollar candle industry uses massive amounts of paraffin every year. Paraffin is a petroleum wax and it's not natural or sustainable. Why is it still used for making candles, and how does it compare to natural beeswax candles?

Beeswax – an ancient marvel

Beeswax (in Latin Cera Apis) is a natural wax produced by worker honey bees (the females) of the gender Apis in the bee hive. Worker bees secrete beeswax from six special glands located on their abdomen. In order to produce the wax, the bee has to consume large amounts of honey and pollen. The worker bees have to use around 4-5 lbs of honey to secrete 1 lb of the wax. The wax is secreted in the form of small scales (of the size of a pinhead) and about 1100 scales are required to make a gram of wax.

Unnecessary Poisons

There is never enough emphasis on how easily and carelessly we let poison into our homes. It is really amazing to see that we accept toxic chemicals simply because they are common, convenient and everybody does so. And because the manufacturers tell us that it is OK. But it is not.
Try to look for these common and powerful chemicals in your household products and ask yourself: why am I trying to exterminate myself and my family? Who makes me using these toxins – voluntarily?

Ammonia

Ammonia is a colorless gas with a very distinct odor. Ammonia gas can be dissolved in water and becomes the so called liquid ammonia or aqueous ammonia (ammonium hydroxide). Once exposed to open air however, liquid ammonia quickly evaporates and turns into the ammonia gas.

Phenol

Phenol is still a relatively common substance used in various household products, mainly disinfectants. However, it is very toxic and can be straightforwardly fatal.

Organic Products: What does it mean, and what do I need to know?

Organic. It's a word you can find just about anywhere today, whether it's at the supermarket, at the garden store or even at your local pet shop. Organic agriculture has become a phenomenon in the past two decades. Since the 1990's, the organic food market has seen enormous growth, every year. So what is it and why is it becoming popular?

Natural, organic - what does it really mean?

Terms like natural and organic are being used more and more. But are they actually meaningful, and not just fads or marketing tricks? Read on for a closer look.

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