How do you care for a beeswax candle?
Bee mindful! For optimal results, make sure to always mind the candle safety instructions included with your candle. If your candle starts to soot, drip, or if the flame is too large, this means you need to trim the wick. Here are more helpful tips:
Keep the candle wick centered & trim to 1/4" each time candle is lit. Keep candle free of any foreign materials and debris, including matches and wick trimmings. Only burn the candle on a level, heat resistant surface. Keep away from children & pets. Avoid drafts. Never touch or move a hot candle. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Stop use when only 1/4" of wax remains.
What is the burn time for each candle?
The approximate burn times are:
12 x .875 inch - 15 hours each
2 x 4.5 inch Pillar - 30 hours
4 ounce tin - 18 to 20 hours
2 ounce tin - 10 to 12 hours
"Qwickies" tea lights - 3 to 5 hours
Why does the wax crack?
Cracking is ok! Beeswax is naturally a harder wax than paraffin and soy, which contain additives. Burning a candle creates in a pool of melted wax. As beeswax cools, it shrinks, which may cause cracking. This will not affect the burn time or quality of the candle.
Why are some beeswax candles yellow and some white?
Since beeswax is an all natural product, its color may range from yellow to orange to brown. Yellow beeswax is extracted from the hive and filtered to remove debris. White beeswax is naturally bleached by taking yellow beeswax and exposing it in thin layers to air, sunlight, and moisture. It is then filtered to remove any particles. The result is a white wax that is still pure beeswax and chemical-free. However, you may lose some of the sweet honey fragrance.
Are soy candles safe?
Most popular candles are made of poisonous paraffin, a petroleum byproduct, but what about soy wax? Most soy in the United States is genetically modified and contaminated with pesticides. GM soy crops are heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides, causing harm to both the harvesters and the soil. Often, even a 100% soy wax candle must be processed with a small amount of paraffin. Potentially, burning a 100% soy candle will release small amounts of the carcinogens and toxins found in paraffin. Additionally, soy candles often contain the same synthetic fragrances and harmful dyes that are added to paraffin, and soy needs preservatives to avoid becoming rancid, which means these chemicals are being released when burned.
What makes scents?
A candle scent is achieved by using synthetic fragrances. These chemicals, like phthalates, can release toxins when burned, since combustion changes their molecular structure. This is very harmful to breathe in. At Bee Honest, we want to maintain a pure product that has one ingredient and the natural scent of honey.
How can you spot a deceiving label?
Mind your labels! In the United States, the term “pure” on a label means only 51% of an ingredient. Companies sell both “pure” beeswax and “pure” soy candles, which may contain a combination of 51% beeswax or soy wax and 49% toxic paraffin. Look for the key phrase “100%" on candle labels to be safe.
Are the containers and labels recyclable?
Yes, our tins are made from sustainable materials and can be recycled. Please bee green and recycle them whenever possible. You can also repurpose them. When you have finished burning your candle, place the tin in the freezer. This will shrink any remaining wax and make it easy to remove. You will then have a container to use how you choose. Our labels are printed in New Jersey by a union shop, and are also recyclable.