Click on the video link above to learn more about Filana Crayons, how they are different from the Stockmar Wax Crayons that we also carry, and see a comparison of the color quality.
Stockmar is a German company, that originally produced beeswax candles. More than 50 years ago, they began producing crayons containing beeswax for use in Waldorf schools. Stockmar crayons have been used widely in Waldorf schools around the world since then, and have become known for their rich pigments and quality of color, and for the warmth and scent that the beeswax lends.
What I and many other Waldorf educators were not aware of until recently, is that Stockmar crayons are made from a base of paraffin and contain only 10% beeswax.
A base of pure beeswax would not work for crayons, as by itself, it would not allow the pigments to glide onto paper, so the beeswax must be combined with other waxes and oils.
Now paraffin is the base of most conventional crayons like Crayola®, and is considered non-toxic and safe for children. However, paraffin is a petroleum product and petroleum is not a renewable resource.
When a blogger posted research she had done on Stockmar’s ingredients, there was some alarm among parents that Stockmar Crayons weren’t as natural as previously thought, and there was even surprise among Waldorf teachers, and those like me who sell Stockmar products.
Since then, there has been a desire among many Waldorf families, homeschoolers and teachers for a more natural alternative to Stockmar Crayons, which led to the birth of new Filana Crayons.
Filana Crayons were developed by a Waldorf teacher and are made in small batches here in the USA.
By comparison, Filana Crayons are made from a proprietary blend of 100% natural waxes and oils and contain 25% certified organic beeswax. They contain no paraffin or petroleum products, and are made from renewable resources, so these crayons are a great choice for anyone who is concerned about the environment and prefers to avoid petroleum products.
On the other hand, Filana Crayons do contain some soy wax, and soy is an increasingly common allergen. So if you or your child have a soy allergy, you may prefer to stick with tried-and-true Stockmar Crayons.
You may wonder how the quality compares.
I used Stockmar Crayons in my class for many years as a Waldorf teacher. I am very familiar with them and have always loved the vibrant rich colors, the quality of warmth the beeswax lends, and the pleasant aroma.
Filana Crayons were developed in response to the desire for a new paraffin-free crayon, and I was sent samples to try before they came out on the market. I was not only excited about the more natural ingredients, but I was also very impressed with their quality.
The colors are just as bright and vibrant as Stockmar Crayons (if not more so), but I also discovered that because of the addition of soy wax, Filana Crayons glide much more easily and smoothly on paper than Stockmar Crayons.
I’ve found Stockmar crayons to be a bit sticky on paper, and sometimes the color doesn’t glide on as evenly as I’d like.
Click on the video above to watch a demonstration of the crayons and to see a comparison of the quality and colors!
Have you tried Filana Crayons yet? What do you think? If you decide to give them a try, please share your feedback!
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