100% Natural Beeswax
Beeswax is a renewable all natural product with no additives or fillers. It's non-toxic properties make it perfect for a clean burning and bright fuel source as a beeswax candle. Unlike most of the manufactured paraffin candles, beeswax is hypo-allergenic, great for people with allergies or other sensitivities and those of us who want a safe, clean burning candle in our homes.
All Natural Wick
Bee Hive Candles' philosophy is creating beeswax candles that are all natural and safe to burn. We use lead-free cotton and other natural wick in every beeswax candle we make. Be wary as some imported paraffin candles still contain lead wicks. Our lead-free wicks have been selected for each beeswax candle to provide a bright flame and optimum wax pool to prevent tunneling.
Incredibly Long Burn Times
Bee Hive Candles' solid beeswax candles are the most durable and long lasting candles you can own. They burn brighter, longer, and cleaner than any other type of candle. Compared by burn time, beeswax candles are usually a better value than paraffin, even when beeswax appears to cost more. Try our beeswax candles, the incredibly long burn time will simply amaze you!
Hand Poured & Hand Finished
We pour each and every solid beeswax pillar, taper, votive, and tea light by hand. It takes a practiced hand to ensure each candle is poured correctly - we don't want any air bubbles, loose wicks, cosmetic streaks or imperfections. Once the beeswax candle has cooled and been removed from the mold, we inspect each candle to ensure it's quality. We have no "factory second" beeswax candles; if the candle doesn't make the quality inspection, it goes right back into the wax melter.
Some candle makers will ship you their product directly after removing it from the mold where it is often unleveled, uneven, and simply unattractive. We've always taken the time to carefully hand finish each candle so that our beeswax candles are as stunning to look at as they are beautiful to burn.
Smoke & Soot Free
No one wants their home to be covered in candle soot, which is a common result of burning paraffin candles. An excellent way to prevent this from occurring while still enjoying the beauty of a candle is to use beeswax candles. When burned in a draft free environment with a wick trimmed to 1/4" a beeswax candle will burn bright and clean without smoke or soot.
While there are not any candles that should be allowed to burn unattended, beeswax candles burn safer than others with minimal maintenance. Beeswax candles are naturally drip free and do not require chemicals to make them dripless like paraffin candles. The molecular structure and higher melting point of beeswax makes beeswax candles much better at holding their wax pool. This fact combined with a properly maintained wick and draft free environment will prevent drips from occurring.
Natural Honey Scent and Color
Our beeswax comes direct from beekeepers in the Pacific Northwest where the honey bees fly among raspberries, fireweed, and wildflowers along the winding Nooksack River. The resulting wax is a beautiful shade of yellow that has a natural aromatic honey fragrance. We simply reshape the bees' creation; the color and the scent are created by the hardworking bees. We do not add anything to our beeswax and only filter out the large particles that could interfere with the flame.
Beeswax May Have Health Benefits
Negative ions, which can make you feel better, are most commonly found near moving water, such as crashing waves, thunderstorms, and waterfalls. The moving water causes the surrounding air to move and that along with sunlight and radiation breaks apart molecules of air. The broken pieces end up with extra electrons making them negative ions.
While it is still debated and not yet scientifically proven, it is believed that there are other natural negative ion generators too, including our specialty, beeswax candles.
Raw beeswax is beeswax in it's most natural form, straight from the honeycomb before any refining processes are used; this raw beeswax often contains small bits and pieces of debris and other impurities. Raw beeswax comes in many different colors and strengths of the characteristic honey scent. The color and scent of beeswax are determined by the type of pollen taken from the flowers the bees pollinated. The color can range from a very light yellow to dark brown, while the fragrance can be barely noticeable to in some cases very overpowering.
At Bee Hive Candles we consider the light yellow color with moderate honey scent to be the perfect beeswax; it's wonderful to look at, pleasant to smell, and burns beautifully.
The filtering of beeswax happens in several different ways, from light to heavy filtering, with a handful of other in-between filtering processes. Lightly filtering beeswax will simply remove the small pieces of wick clogging contaminants while retaining all of the natural beauty and scent of the beeswax. Heavy filtering of beeswax occurs with multiple filtering processes, often times removing some or all of the natural scents (the honey) and colors (the pollen) that are contained within the beeswax.
Our expert beekeepers know precisely how to render beeswax so that the beeswax arrives to us extremely clean.
We always lightly filter our beeswax using natural and safe materials such as cotton or nylon, this helps to remove any tiny particles in the beeswax that may clog the wick, while still retaining all of the natural beauty found in the beeswax.
White beeswax, also known as ivory beeswax, is achieved by removing the natural yellow color from the beeswax. This can be achieved with chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide, naturally via the sun, or with special filtering processes. The filtering of the beeswax tends remove the pollen, while bleaching the beeswax simply takes the color out of the pollen without removing it. These processes remove most of the delicate honey scent and natural coloring of the beeswax, rendering it white and nearly odorless. Bleached beeswax is commonly used in cosmetic products where a highly refined beeswax is necessary; it's also sometimes used to make scented or colored beeswax candles as it's easier to add color or fragrance in this form.
It's debatable if the whitening process disrupts the natural beauty of the beeswax, regardless of method used. We tend to believe it's best to leave beeswax in it's most natural, non-whitened form.
Due to the robustness of beeswax it is sometimes blended with other waxes to make candles that last longer and burn brighter than their counterparts alone, or as bases for natural products such as soaps, lotions, and cosmetics. Candles that are at least 51% beeswax are still used in some churches, particularly the Catholic Church.
All of our beeswax candles use only clean, lightly filtered, 100% pure beeswax from beeswax cappings, with no filler or additives to enhance the wax!