About Beeswax Candles
100% Pure Beeswax
We use only clean, lightly filtered, 100% pure beeswax from beeswax cappings in our beeswax candles, with no fillers or additives. It's non-toxic properties make it perfect for a clean burning and bright fuel source as a beeswax candle.
Unlike most manufactured paraffin candles, beeswax is hypo-allergenic, great for people with allergies or other sensitivities, and those of us who want a clean burning candle in our homes.
100% Cotton Wick
Bee Hive Candles' philosophy is creating beeswax candles that are all natural and clean burning. We use lead-free cotton wick in every beeswax candle we make. Be wary as some imported paraffin candles may still contain lead wicks.
All of our beeswax candles use a properly sized lead-free wick to provide a bright flame and optimum wax pool to prevent tunneling.
Smoke & Soot Free
Using beeswax candles is an excellent way to keep your home free of the smoke and soot that is a common result of burning paraffin candles.
When burned in a draft free environment with the wick trimmed to 1/4" a beeswax candle will burn bright and clean with virtually no smoke or soot.
Incredibly Long Burn Times
Our solid beeswax candles are the most durable and long lasting candles on the market. They burn brighter, longer, and cleaner than any other type of candle. Although beeswax candles appears to cost more, they are usually a better value than paraffin when comparing total burn times.
Try our beeswax candles, the incredibly long burn time will simply amaze you!
Natural Honey Scent & Color
Our beeswax comes direct from beekeepers in the northern US where the honey bees fly among raspberries, canola, clover, and wildflowers. The resulting wax is a beautiful shade of yellow that has an aromatic honey fragrance. We simply reshape the bees' creation; the color and the scent are made 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. (We add dye to our "colored" candles, see the Color Info tab above.)
Naturally Drip Resistant
A beeswax candle is less likely to drip than other types of candles because of the complex molecular structure and higher melting point of beeswax. This allows the wick to burn the molten beeswax at just the right pace so it doesn't drip out of the wax pool. These qualities combined with a properly maintained wick, a level burning surface, and draft free environment will help prevent drips from occurring.
Beeswax candles are naturally drip resistant. Paraffin candles require chemical additives, like stearic acid, to make them drip less.
Hand Poured & Hand Finished
We pour each solid beeswax pillar, taper, votive, and tea light candle by hand. It takes an experienced hand to ensure each candle is crafted correctly - we don't want any air bubbles, crooked wicks, or other imperfections. Each candle is inspected to ensure it's quality. We have no "factory second" beeswax candles; if the candle doesn't make the grade, 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.
Beeswax May Have Health Benefits
Negative ions are most commonly found near moving water, such as crashing waves, thunderstorms, and waterfalls. Negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.
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.
Types of Beeswax
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!