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Source: Kristi Olberding

How To Make Your Own Citronella Beeswax Candle

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Whether it smells like apple pie or the forest after a rainstorm, the candle sitting in your living room is probably made of paraffin wax. Paraffin wax is pretty common — it's used in crayons and beauty products in addition to most commercially produced candles. But this type of wax is petroleum-based, and studies show it emits toxic chemicals like toluene and benzene.

Lighting a paraffin wax candle is unlikely to pose serious health problems, but there are cleaner, natural alternatives to this popular candle base. One of them is beeswax. You can find beeswax in craft stores or through local vendors; it comes in solid blocks or packs of pellets (sometimes called "pastilles"). And once you have some, it's incredibly easy to melt down into your very own candle.