What the... BeesWax?
I love making my home smell fragrant all year round, especially during the holidays, and I mostly use scented wax melts with a decorative warmer because I know they’re a lot safer than burning candles.
But even those scented wax melts you get at the store are made with chemicals and waxes that we really shouldn’t be breathing in. Even though there’s no smoke made from a candle flame, a lot of the wax from the melts still enters the air and ends up in our lungs. Yikes!
Keeping the air we breathe clean...
Conventional wax melts are made with paraffin wax, which is a by-product of petroleum, the stuff that’s created during the process of turning crude oil into gasoline.
When those paraffin wax melts are heated up, they release toxic chemicals into the air like formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and acrolein, all of which increase your risk of cancer. Even burning multiple paraffin candles at once is enough to exceed the indoor air pollution standards set by the EPA.
In addition to the dangerous paraffin wax, those store-bought melts also contain fragrances that are rarely derived from natural sources. Many of them are also made-made chemical concoctions that can also increase your risk of cancer, cause birth defects, and affect the central nervous system.
Natural Homemade Scented Wax Melts
Beeswax emits negative ions when heated, meaning it actually purifies the air when you use it, and has helped people with asthma and allergies breathe easier.
“Positive ions, or cations, are formed by the loss of electrons; negative ions, or anions, are formed by the gain of electrons. An atom that has either lost or gained one or more electrons, so that it has an electrical charge. Ions can be either positively or negatively charged.”
Positive ions are generated by electrical devices, by scented candles, by walking across carpet, and even by heating/cooling systems. They are a fact of life, but they can carry everything from dust to pollen to toxic mold, so it is important to reduce them. Indoor air typically has a higher concentration of positive ions.
This is where negatively charged ions come in. They bind together and have a heavier molecular weight so they are no longer floating around the air. The use of beeswax as the main ingredient, you’ll get double duty by purifying and cleaning your air while making your home smell ahh-mazing.