Why Are Beeswax Candles Better?

Last Updated on April 27, 2021 by Ellen Christian

So, why are beeswax candles better? Check out these tips on the health benefits of beeswax candles and how to store them properly.

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Burning candles is an important part of my self-care routine. Have you checked out my thoughts on how to make homemade spa treatments to relax?

Candles also play an important role in many of our holiday celebrations. Ever since I learned the legend of the Bayberry candle, we burn them on New Year’s Eve.

Beeswax Candles

One of my favorite type of everyday candle are the ones made from beeswax. There are lots of benefits of beeswax candles from the aesthetic to the lack of soot when you burn them. 

They are better for the environment than candles that are made from paraffin wax. And, they don’t release harmful chemicals when you burn them. 

Choose a quality candle like the ones from Bluecorn Beeswax. Candles. Here are just a few of the benefits.

  • Made from sustainable beeswax versus paraffin wax which is an oil byproduct.
  • Beeswax candles produce negative ions when burned to neutralize pollutants.
  • Higher melting point so it emits the brightest warm-toned flame.
  • It burns slower and drips less.
  • Burn clean with very little smoke when trimmed correctly.

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Are beeswax candles safe?

Yes, these candles are very safe. And, compared to commercial candles that are often made from paraffin, they are by far the best choice.

Using clean-burning beeswax candles helps to cut down on in-home air pollution that can contribute to things like asthma, headaches, and anxiety. 

And, when you choose candles that are scented with pure essential oils, you eliminate the chemical phthalates used in most commercial candles.

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Are beeswax candles better for the environment?

These candles are made from “cappings beeswax” which bees produce to hold honey in the comb. Cappings wax is a naturally sustainable byproduct of the honey harvest and is wonderful for the environment.

Plus, when you purchase Bluecorn Beeswax Candles which are made from wax from US bees, you are supporting the local environment by encouraging the growth of bee populations.

We need bees to pollinate our flowers both for food and a healthy environment. 

So, why are beeswax candles better? Pick your reason. There are many.

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How to care for beeswax candles

Caring for your candles properly can make all the difference when it comes time to burn them. 

Always keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Before lighting your candle, trim the wick to one-quarter inch each time before you light it.

If your beeswax candle has a dusty-looking surface, this is called the “bloom” and is a dust-like film that forms on pure beeswax candles. It’s a sign of purity.

You can simply wipe it off with a clean cloth or use a hairdryer on it.

How to burn beeswax candles

  • Tealights – Always burn them in the cup they come in. To maximize burn time, burn them for at least 1.5 hours per burn. This helps make to make sure all of the wax is used.
  • Votives – Be sure to burn your votive candle in a votive cup holder. These types of holders are designed to help your votive to keep its shape. When you burn your votive, it will develop a pool in the center. If your container is too wide, the wax will spill out over the side and not be burned.
  • Tapers – Always keep tapers away from drafts. To blow it out, place your hand behind the flame and blow gently. use a snuffer to put out the flame to minimize smoking. To help prevent dripping, never trim the wick on tapers.
  • Pillars – To eliminate smoke when extinguishing always use a tool to drip wax from the pool in the center onto the wick. Burn pillars according to the directions on the label. Depending on the size, you will need to burn them each time between 90 minutes and a few hours.

So, why are beeswax candles better? Check out these tips on the health benefits of beeswax candles and how to store them properly.

How to store beeswax candles

The best way to store your candles is to keep them in their original box. If they did not come in a box, you can wrap them loosely in tissue paper. 

They do not need to be refrigerated but should be kept out of direct sunlight. Properly stored, this type of candle can be kept for years.

Beeswax does not go bad. Did you know that sheets of this wax have been recovered from ancient ships and were all perfectly fine?

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Where can I buy beeswax candles?

So, now that I’ve answered “Why are beeswax candles better?” check out the selection from Bluecorn Beeswax. Through 5/9/21, you can get free shipping on curated candle gift sets for Mother’s Day. Find out more here.

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