I've been asked why use beeswax for candles or why not use soy? When I began researching into making candles for my Etsy shop I looked at paraffin, soy, and beeswax. I had been a regular purchaser of Yankee soy candles in all their various scents. However, I did notice there were a lot of people with strong scent sensitivities that had a hard time tolerating these candles. When my parents came over to my home I could not burn candles because the strong scents bothered them nor could I give them candles as gifts. This got me thinking and looking more closely into beeswax candles.
The benefits of beeswax candles are many. Beeswax candles burns longer and cleaner than other wax. 100% pure beeswax naturally burns up to three times longer than paraffin. Beeswax candles have a natural honey smell. I add lavender essential oils and organic dried lavender for a confetti look as well as adding a touch of coconut oil, which helps with the cracking that can be associated with beeswax candles. I also will make plain candles (just beeswax and coconut oil) on custom order.
Whether plain or scented with pure essential oils, beeswax candles do not have the overpowering scent that soy candles do. This is great news to those who are scent sensitive. For those who are used to a stronger smelling candle the more subtle scent may take some adjusting too. I was one of those people. Once I stopped using soy candles I could actually smell the more subtle hints of honey, coconut, and lavender scents without it being overpowering. Honestly, I love the fragrance that just hits a clean note. They smell very fresh and clean and crisp.
Also beeswax candles do not emit the harmful chemicals that others candles types can. Beeswax candles are natural air purifier as they release negative ions, which will clean allergens and dust from your home air. I also use all cotton braid wicks which are absolutely lead and zinc free giving a super clean burn.
The downside is the cost. Beeswax candles are generally more expensive than soy and that is simply due to the cost of the wax and also the labor involved. Beeswax is the most expensive wax for a candle maker to purchase so this extra cost does get passed to the consumer . Also beeswax is a bit harder to work with than soy or paraffin. Beeswax has a much higher melt point, which requires longer melting times. Also getting the wax the correct temperature to avoid cracks, holes or other imperfections can be tricky. My candles are hand poured so there are slight variations as candles will not be exactly uniform from candle to candle.
Overall, I enjoy making and using beeswax candles. I use them exclusively in my home now.
If you would like to purchase beeswax candles we have them in both 4 oz and 8 oz mason jars. I love this rustic look. We also have a couple of fabric toppers to add to make a unique gifts. There are listing for bulk orders of candles in 12 and 24 candles, which are great for showers or weddings.
Our shop is at www.etsy.com/shop/LavenderRoseFarms or just click on the Shop tab at the top of our website which will redirect you to Etsy.