BeesWax 101

Why Beeswax Interesting Tid-bits Candle History



Why choose beeswax candles?

  • Beeswax candles has the highest melting point of any known wax which is why it burns four times longer than paraffin.     

  • Beeswax candles create a brighter flame than paraffin candles.

  • Studies have shown that the burning of beeswax stimulates the pituitary gland, increasing intuition, creativity, and heightening dream activity!

  • We use only cotton wicks in our candles. Many commercial candle manufacturers are using metal-cored wicks; these wicks may contain lead. Burning Lead is a bad idea.

Interesting Tid-Bits

  • The honeybee flies the equivalent of 7-10 trips around the world to produce just one pound of wax!

  • Around 160,000 honeybees eat as much as 10 pounds of honey to produce a single pound of beeswax!

  • Beeswax, when secreted by the honeybee, is odorless. During the storage of the beeswax within the comb, after mixing with honey, pollen, and propolis  it takes on its sweet scent.

  • Scientists have tried unsuccessfully to create an acceptable imitation for beeswax. There is nothing like the real thing!

  • Beeswax does not deteriorate over time. Usable beeswax has been discovered in tombs of ancient Egyptians and on shipwrecks deep under water.  

  • Honeybees are responsible for pollinating a third of the food we eat.

Candle History

  • Beeswax was pressed into molds and used as money.

  • Beeswax was used in the casting of metal statues and figures and is still used this way in some parts of the world. First, the object to be cast in metal is carved and sculpted in beeswax. Next, the wax is covered with wet clay that is baked and hardened, then the wax is melted away and the clay serves as a metal mold.

  • Ancient Greeks knew of the solubility of wax in fats and oils, and used this technique for painting on wax.

  • Created in Egypt 2,000 years ago some of the most lifelike paintings are the encaustic paintings. With hot beeswax, powdered pigments are mixed with the liquid wax, then applied to a canvas. The finished painting was subjected to the sun's heat and the whole painting was "burned in" or blended in.



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