About Beeswax & Beeswax candles:
Beeswax (cera alba) is a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis. The wax is formed into scales by eight wax-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker bees, which discard it in or at the hive. The hive workers collect and use it to form cells for honey storage and larval and pupal protection within the beehive. Chemically, beeswax consists mainly of esters of fatty acids and various long-chain alcohols.
Beeswax has been used since prehistory as the first plastic, as a lubricant and waterproofing agent, in lost wax casting of metals and glass, as a polish for wood and leather, for making candles, as an ingredient in cosmetics and as an artistic medium in encaustic painting.
Beeswax is edible, having similar negligible toxicity to plant waxes, and is approved for food use in most countries.
We often say that beeswax candles are the BEST candles ever! Going back in history, beeswax was the preferred candle type by royalty, nobility and the church because of its pleasant aroma and beautiful light. Argument could be made that it is still the preferred candle type, at least for those with information to base their decision. The good news is that beeswax candles are no longer out of reach for most consumers. Beeswax candles are the cleanest, brightest, and longest burning. Here are how those properties translate into a great candle.
Beeswax is so labor/resource intensive it requires nearly 8lbs of honey to make a single pound of beeswax, making beeswax pound for pound much more valuable than honey. This is also why beeswax candles carry a higher price point than traditionally available soy & paraffin wax candles on the market.
Beeswax candles do not require chemical processing. Beeswax is one of the densest waxes and has a high melting point. This means that beeswax doesn’t need any hardeners, additives, or chemical treatments to make a quality product. Our candle making process is simple and environmentally friendly. First, we source beeswax straight from the hive. Then we melt it down and clean out any particulate- beeswax must be free of impurities to burn properly. Once our beeswax is clarified, it’s ready to be poured. We finish our candles by burnishing each by hand. That’s it! We never add any artificial scents or coloring to our candles because beeswax doesn’t need it.
Brighter, Longer Burn
Beeswax candles emit light that is similar to the light spectrum of sunlight. This is thanks to beeswax’s high melting point of approximately 149° Fahrenheit. Because beeswax has a higher melting point than other waxes, it emits the brightest, most warm-toned flame. Beeswax candles also last longer than most other candles. Because it is so dense (0.958), it burns slower and drips less, and many consider beeswax candles to be drip free.
Subtle, Natural Scent
One of the reasons we love beeswax so much is its versatility. Our beeswax candles get their scent from the nectar and honey that was originally stored in the honeycomb. Therefore, the scents of our candles change slightly depending on what the bees were pollinating. Some of our past batches of beeswax have had traces of wildflowers, prairie grasses, citrus, herbs, and wild berries. One of our favorites came from a hive pollinating strawberries. Nothing brightens our day like the sweet aroma of berries at work. Regardless of where the beeswax came from, all of our candles have a subtle and pleasing, honey-like scent.
Unlike many other candles, burning beeswax actually purifies the air. Beeswax candles emit negative ions which bind with particulate matter in the air, causing the floating particles in the air to drop to the ground. Some say negative ions also stimulate the pituitary gland, thus increasing creativity, intuition, and dream activity. Because of their air cleansing properties, beeswax candles are a great candle option for people with allergies, asthma, sinuses and sensitivities.
By choosing beeswax candles, you can support your local beekeepers. Beeswax is a natural byproduct of the beekeeping industry. It’s made and used by bees to store their honey and raise their broods. After periods of high honey flow, beekeepers remove the extra honeycombs. Our beeswax comes from the cappings of these honeycombs. Many other candle materials come from industries that harm or deplete the environment. Beeswax is a natural, renewable resource from an industry that helps the environment. Bees play a pivotal role in our lives by pollinating the crops we eat and plants in the wild. Beeswax is just another miracle that comes from these amazing insects.