02.01.12

Is That a Bee in my Wax?

Posted in Ear Candle History, Things to know when BUYING Ear Candles at 1:44 am by Administrator

There has been considerable debate on the type of wax to use in ear candles to promote the “best” ear candling experience.

Universally, Beeswax is considered the best in the industry. The Ear Candle Lady agrees. It’s my personal favorite.

However, even with beeswax there are several different “grades” which can change the price and availability of beeswax ear candles.

Those who believe in the purest form of anything tend to gravitate to terms like “filtered” or better, “Triple Filtered”! This type of beeswax is run though several filters to remove the naturally ocuring materials (such as bee parts), it’s usually pale yellow, sometimes even white and is billed as the purest form. Unfortunately, filtered wax, especially the “triple filtered”, has had chemical alterations to actually “bleach” it. It looses it’s fragrant honey aroma and has a bit of a medicinal smell to it.

Pure, in this case, is not what I consider pure. The Ear Candle Lady is happy to see bees in my wax because I know the wax has been unaltered. I’m actually relieved to see a more natural & “pure” look to ear candles than to see the pristine, sanitized, medical device looks which the major companies work so hard to acheive (and charge you for).

Some call true pure & natural ear candles: “scruffy” or “rustic”.

When unfiltered wax is used in ear candling, it makes them more cost effective, durable, they smell GREAT and it keeps less chemicals out of the candle. That translates to less chemicals entering your body when you ear candle.

Triple Filtered is a marketing term to make the consumer believe they are somehow getting more for their money when actually, they are getting less “natural” and more chemically refined candles.

Do you have to look for unfiltered wax when you buy ear candles? No. But “triple filtered” is a sure bet there’s chemicals or bleach added. You have to decide what “Pure” means to you.

The important thing about BEESWAX ear candles is to make sure you are buying 100% Beeswax. If you are going to pay the higher price for Beeswax be aware that a candle can be called BEESWAX if it has 55% beeswax. Many beeswax candles have paraffin added and the companies don’t tell you. 100% Beeswax should be just that; 100%.

Since there is no regulation in the ear candle industry, you have to have trust in your ear candle company that they are being truthful about their beeswax. The companies I have recomended on my website who advertise 100% Beeswax do indeed sell 100% Beeswax.

They also sell Beeswax Blend, which will have a mixture of either soy, paraffin, or palm wax mixed with the Beeswax.

You can check out my website for more details on the different types of wax, but until then, if you get a bee in your wax, don’t worry. It’s all good!