We hadn’t tried beeswax crayons until very recently, but I’ve had my eye on them, to be sure. With the promise of rich, vibrant colors, and vegetable dyes and beeswax, they seem like the superfood of kids’ art supplies.
Crayola first came out with their crayons in 1903, and for some reason also came out with many other lines of crayons, including: Anti-Roll, Arista, Art-Toy, Besco, Boston, Cerata, Cerola, Chic’ago, Doo Zee, Durel, Easy-Off, Gotham, Liquitex, Munsell Crayola, Perma, Pooh, Protfolio, Rubens, Spectra, Tiny Tots, Washable and Widstrok. I just don’t know if I could use a Pooh crayon.
Interestingly, there were many companies producing wax crayons starting in the late 19th century, including the Joseph Dixon Crucible Company.
In 2000, there were some concerns about asbestos being found in Crayola, Prang and Rose Art crayons, prompting a bunch of testing to see if there were indeed health risks to children using these crayons. The results of testing found that there were trace amounts of asbestos in 2 Crayola and 1 Prang crayon. However, there were larger amounts of “transitional” fiber which is similar in appearance to asbestos fibers.
This fiber still did not warrant a recall, but all three companies were asked to reformulate their crayons, which they did.*
This brings us to the appeal of beeswax crayons:
- Although more expensive than traditional crayons, they really are a definite safe bet, and lovely to work with.
- When you hold them, you can feel a little more heft and strength to the crayons, and they glide smoothly on the paper.
- You can definitely tell the difference in color saturation as well.
- Beeswax is an all-natural, renewable resource which beats the petroleum-based paraffin of other crayons.
If you’re a total superhero, here’s a recipe to make your own beeswax crayons.
If you’re a non-superhero, like me, you can find beeswax crayons at these locations:
Have you or your kids tried beeswax crayons? Any favorite brand?
* info. from on Snopes.com