Choosing The Best Beeswax Candles
Natural beeswax has been used for candle making and crafts for thousands of years. However, it is always in limited supply and often the victim of deceptive marketing practices.
Choosing the best beeswax candles will require some research on your part. You do not want to pay for candles that are pure beeswax and find that paraffin has been mixed in.
Beeswax Candles are a great addition to any home. The elegance of a pure beeswax candle burning is unattainable when using man-made materials.
This is why they are highly valued. They make a great part of your home decor and people love getting them as gifts.
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Cost and Availability of Beeswax Candles
At first glance, candles made from pure beeswax seem more expensive. Their cost per pound is significantly more than many traditional candles.
Yet, when you learn more about the benefits of burning beeswax candles you will see their value.
We often value an item by its rarity. Lets face it, no one would care about diamonds if they were as common as shells on the beach.
Candles made from beeswax are special and unusual. You will not be finding pure beeswax candles at most big box discount stores.
Each Beeswax Candle Is The Result of A lot of Hard Work
When considering the value of beeswax, we first must consider our friend – the honey bee. Worker bees are responsible for making that beautiful beeswax.
Honey bees fly approximately 25,000 miles gathering enough nectar to produce only 1 pound of beeswax.
The effort put into beeswax production accounts for the higher cost of the candles.
Beekeepers who sell a lot of beeswax do not harvest as much honey. This results in a higher cost for the produced beeswax.
Beeswax can be made into candles in a variety of ways. You will find beeswax poured into containers. Sheets of beeswax rolled into candles and unique candle forms can be created using molds.
Reusable Candle Molds
History of Beeswax Candles
The use of beeswax as a light source goes back thousands of years. In Early American colonial times, it was a special treat to have beeswax candles.
They were hard to find and in great demand for use on special occasions such as Christmas.
Candles were often used for barter. A beekeeper would trade beeswax for other items needed such as: flour, meat, eggs etc.
The bright light and drip-less nature of beeswax was a pleasant change from the smelly animal fat candles used for everyday.
Not every homestead had bees. But it was a lucky community that had a least 1 beekeeper in the neighborhood.
Why Use Beeswax Candles?
If they are more expensive than others, why would you want to buy them? Well, sometimes you do get what you pay for.
Beeswax Candles burn bright and clean with no smoke and few drips. Also, they are naturally long burning without the addition of any hardeners.
Candles made from other types of wax can contain additives to lengthen the burn time. Considering the longer burn time than conventional candles, beeswax candles are an economical choice.
A natural clean light honey fragrance will be present from a natural beeswax candle. They do not need added fragrance that may damage your lungs or irritate sensitive sinuses.
However if you want to make your own , you can add fragrance.
You Must Be Kidding Right ?
No Joke. The best beeswax candles are made from 100% pure beeswax. Candles made from pure beeswax develop a white coating known as “bloom”.
This powdery patina coating is a natural property of beeswax. The “bloom” is more pronounced when candles are stored in an area with great changes in temperature.
If your candles do not bloom and you have not added any type of sealer to try to prevent it, you may not have pure beeswax.
The white bloom is a highly desirable effect but can be easily polished away with a soft cloth if you wish.
Why Not Conventional Candles?
Paraffin candles are made with highly refined petroleum byproducts. Many contain chemicals that are possibly carcinogenic. Some of these toxic chemicals are released into the air when the candles are burned. (Now I know why that apple pie candle I used to have made my throat itch ).
Also, these candles may have synthetic wicks or those that are zinc-cored. Who knows what kinds of chemicals may be released when that wick burns ?
Marketing managers know that scent sells . Don’t be lured into a purchase that will pollute your home and possibly damage your lungs.
What about Soy Candles ?
Soy Candles are suggested as a good substitution for paraffin. They are certainly more desirable. And soy is sometimes mixed with beeswax for a variety of reasons. That’s fine as long as you know what you are paying for.
The problem is that candles made from soy may contain preservatives to deter spoilage. Again, this is a step away from the “natural” candles experience.
Also, soy candles are mostly made from genetically modified soy crops . These soy crops are often sprayed with toxic pesticides. Soy candles are a step above paraffin but they still fall a little below my preference for natural candles.
Are Your Beeswax Candles Pure?
Sorry, we must talk about marketing again for just a moment. It is apparently legal to call a candle beeswax even when it is not 100% pure beeswax.
I don’t understand why that is okay but it is true. Not all beeswax is created equal. The best beeswax candles will be 100% pure beeswax from the United states.
Beeswax from other countries may contain toxic chemicals that are not allowed in the US.
Cheapest isn’t always the best option. Honey bees are the only ones who produce beeswax and it can not be duplicated by man ! (Ha Ha)
Beeswax candles are a renewable energy source . This is another great reason to do everything in our power to save the honey bees.
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