Made with care
Our candles are made of 100% pure beeswax – no added oils, no added fragrances, just the pure, sweet smell of wax from the hive. We filter our wax at least 3 times to remove any impurities for a clean, non-toxic burn. Our wax comes from our own hives and from local beekeepers who don’t use harsh chemicals in their hives. The color may vary from candle to candle, but that’s the nature of beeswax – it includes coloring from honey and pollen during the processing.
What started as a hobby making tealights for our own use in meditation has grown into a burgeoning business to include molded candles of different shapes and sizes. Each candle is hand poured, one at a time – no mass production. We only use 100% cotton wicks and spend a lot of time and effort to pair the right sized wick with each candle for a long, smooth burn.
Beeswax candles are typically more expensive than soy or paraffin candles, but generally burn much longer. Beeswax is a precious commodity – bees need to consume about 8 pounds of honey to produce 1 pound of wax and a typical worker bee only makes 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. So take care of your candles and think of the industrious bees that made the wax!
Care of your candles
Pure beeswax candles may develop a white film called bloom when exposed to air, much like high quality chocolate. This is how you can tell a pure beeswax candle from one that has been cut with other products such as soy wax or other oils. Bloom will not affect the way your candle burns. We think it adds a rustic look to the candles, but it can easily be wiped off with a soft cloth if you prefer.
Before lighting your candle, always trim the wick to 1/4″ above the wax to avoid tunneling of the wick and preventing excess carbon falling into the melt pool. Use a match or a flame torch to light your candle – in our experience electronic torches tend to frazzle the wick. Instead of blowing out the flame, use a candle dipper or similar device to dip your wick into the melted wax and then straighten it upright again. This avoids excess smoke and primes the wick for the next lighting. We suggest you trim the wick after 4 hours of burning, extinguishing it first, then wait 2 hours before burning again. For pillar candles, you can “hug” the sides above the wick in towards the center after the flame is extinguished and the wax cooled a bit, but before it hardens. This will allow the flame to melt the sides evenly as the candle burns down.
We want to make sure that your candles burn well and safely. To reduce fire risk when you burn a candle, be sure to adhere to these safety tips.
- Never leave a burning candle unattended.
- Never move a burning candle – blow it out first.
- Keep candles away from flammable objects.
- Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.
Always burn candles in a flame-proof container. Pillar candles should not be burned in a glass chimney as the heat may cause the glass to shatter. Keep the wax pool free of debris such as burned wick and matches. Always trim the wick to 1/4″ before burning and do not burn any shaped or pillar candle for more than 4 hours at any one time. Stop using your candle when only 1/2″ of unmelted wax remains. For a smooth, long burn, avoid burning candles in drafty areas.
Buddha And The Bees, LLC assumes no responsibility for any damage that may occur due to the misuse of candles and candle burning.