Towards the end of last year I read this article online that started me on a journey – a hunt for beeswax candles. Since September I have popped into each and every gift shop I pass enquiring whether they stock them – all around Cape Town and even along the Garden Route while on holiday – to no avail! That was until last week when I received an email in my inbox that seemed destined for me…
Grant from With Love Products contacted me asking me whether I would be interested in their website and products. Now I get many of these sorts of requests and am not able to blog about all of them but this particular one caught my eye – they make and sell beeswax candles right here in Cape Town! Amazing. After all my searching they had come to me – now if that’s not meant to be I don’t know!
Now you might be wondering why I am so fixated and fascinated by Beeswax Candles? Well according to the original article the benefits of beeswax are numerous. As our family struggle with eczema we have tried using beeswax as a moisturizer before but I had never heard of the positive effects for sufferers of hayfever until now and as that is another ailment that we seem to struggle with from time to time I thought it would be worth exploring. As you might know already I’m all for natural and inexpensive solutions to these problems!!
The way that Beeswax candles help is by cleaning the air when they burn. Beeswax releases negative ions when it burns. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants, and any other things in the air all carry a positive charge (that is how they can be suspended in the air) when the negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, the neutralized ions are sucked back into the burning candle or fall to the ground. Many air purifiers and water filters harness this effective negative ion technology. In this way Beeswax candles effectively reduce asthma, allergies, and hay fever by drawing pollutants out of the air. (Try Google for more info on this! There is plenty)
Some other advantages of Beeswax candles are:
Affordable – Beeswax burns at a higher temperature, and slower rate.
Natural – 100% natural. No other wax exists in nature, therefore, there are no processing chemicals in beeswax.
Fragrance-Free – Beeswax has a beautifully subtle honey scent or can be used with essential oils of your choice! Besides, artificial fragrances are toxic.
Environmentally-Friendly – You’re supporting the bees – what’s more “green” than that!
Sootless – Keep wicks trimmed to enjoy this benefit.
Non-Toxic and Non-Carcinogenic – Even if you have allergies, beeswax candles will likely not aggravate them.
Stress-Reducing – Candles have a known calming effect.
Negative Ions – Beeswax emits wonderful air-cleaning, depression-reducing ions that combat things like dust, odours, mould and even viruses while elevating the mood.
So we’ve been trying out some of With Love’s beautiful Beeswax Candles and I must say I’ve already reaped the rewards. The calming atmosphere created and the very subtle scent of my Rose Geranium candle means that it’s being burnt every night! I’ve also got a few of the more natural beeswax candles with no scent to use around hayfever time, and I’m hoping for great things!
With Love Products make their 100% African Beeswax Candles in the South Peninsula of Cape Town. The raw beeswax is sourced directly from Beekeepers and is heated to filter out natural organic material like vegetation etc. It is not bleached or diluted with normal wax. The candles are hand poured, fitted with a double cotton wick and blended with organic essential oils. The candles range in price from R35 – R110 and a percentage of each sale goes to a worth cause.
Becoming you readers can claim a 10% discount on their first purchase of With Love products on their website: www.withloveproducts.co.za by using the code: “Becoming you 10”. Valid until the end of March 2013.
Contact With Love
Landline: +27 (0) 21 785 2444
Cell: +27 (0)82 352 8553
E-mail: grant @ withloveproducts.co.za OR jason @ withloveproducts.co.za
Images: Kathryn Rossiter