The Challenge

Most scented candles sold today are not healthy -- they emit toxic pollutants like benzene, toluene, and alkenes into the air (and into your home). Paraffin, the most commonly used wax, is a by-product of petroleum or kerosene. To make it aesthetically appealing, paraffin is typically mixed with other toxic materials such as artificial colors and synthetic fragrances. In fact, burning an aromatherapy candle in a room is the equivalent of smoking a cigar (per Kapalo, Voznyak, Adamski study in 2019)

In contrast, beeswax is a unique and superior wax. It is truly nature’s wax as it is much less toxic -- studies show that beeswax releases significantly less formaldehyde and naphthalene (soot), fewer dioxins and less polychlorinated dibenzofurans (known teratogens, mutagens and suspected carcinogens) than paraffin in the air. Beeswax does not require caustic materials to clean it during the manufacturing process -- plain water is used to remove impurities. And beeswax burns slowly, making it ideal for a lasting home fragrance experience.

As the bee population becomes compromised and deteriorates due to global warming, beeswax becomes harder and harder to get. The production of beeswax in a hive is 7x less than honey and can only be harvested in limited sources, to ensure the bees can sustain their environment.

At Isle de Nature, we’ve made supporting the bees our mission.

We believe that when we take from the earth, we need to replenish. But we need to not only nurture the bees, but we also need to protect them. That’s why we’ve begun to build our own hives in locations where nature is in its abundant glory. We now have hives in Dominica and The Berkshires (western Massachusetts) and continue to expand our operations.

Picture of Dominican Beeswax Busy Bee Alicia Davison and Busy Bee in Dominica Photo of Isle de Nature Beehives in Dominica