FAQs about Beeswax Candles

Many people have questions about beeswax candles, and here are our answers! We love beeswax, and love getting them into your homes too.

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Why are beeswax candles better?

Many candles you can find on the market are made of paraffin wax. Paraffin is a toxic byproduct of the oil industry. Paraffin candles are cheaper than beeswax candles, but they are made from a nonrenewable resource: petroleum. Sadly, burning paraffin candles gives off many of the same toxic fumes found in auto exhaust. Paraffin candles are relatively short burning, and they are often filled with artificial fragrances and colors which also produce toxins when burned.

How do you scent your beeswax candles?

After doing a lot of research, we found a company called Candle Science. They have a line of fragrances that are without harmful ingredients that make many synthetic fragrances so bad to breathe in. Here is more information about Candle Science Clean Scents if you're interested.

What wick do you use with your beeswax candles?

We currently use hemp wicks. We also are testing braided cotton and wood wicks as well.

Why do you add coconut oil to your beeswax candles?

We found through lots of testing that candles with coconut oil added to the beeswax helped the candles to burn longer and more evenly.

What kind of coconut oil do you put in beeswax candles?

We use organic unrefined coconut oil. It does not make the candles smell like coconut at all.

Why is there a space around the sides of my beeswax candle?

Beeswax is poured while it is hot, and as it dries, it can shrink up to 10%. This is normal and does not affect your candle burn.

Why does my beeswax candle not melt all the way to the sides?

This is called "tunneling". Tunneling can happen with any candle, not just beeswax. This happens when you do not burn the candle for at least one hour on the first burn. By burning for at least an hour with the first burn, it helps your candle to melt all of the wax across the diameter of the container. If it just lights a little, and then melts a "tunnel" into the wax, it will not burn correctly in the future.

Where can I purchase beeswax candles?

We have our small batch hand poured beeswax candles for sale right here.