100% Beeswax Candles

How to Safely Use Beeswax Candles

How to Burn a Candle Safely

Before Lighting:

Before burning, always trim the wick to ¼ inch. You can use a wick trimmer, nail clippers, or scissors. Long or crooked wicks can cause uneven burning, dripping, or flaring.

Keep the wax pool clear of wick trimmings, matches and debris at all times.

Always use a candleholder specifically designed for candle use. It should be heat resistant, sturdy, and large enough to contain any drips or melted wax.

 Burn candles in a well-ventilated room:

 Avoid drafts, vents, or air currents. This will help prevent rapid or uneven burning, sooting, and excessive dripping.

Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on burn time and proper use. In general, it is recommended that candles do not burn for longer than four hours and cool for at least two hours before relighting.

When lighting a candle, use long matches or a long-reach lighter. Keep your hair and loose clothing away from the flame.


While Burning:

Never leave a candle unattended.

Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep burning candles away from furniture, drapes, bedding, carpets, books, paper, flammable decorations, etc.

Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Do not place lighted candles where they can be knocked over by children, pets, or anyone else.

Never touch or move a candle while it is burning or while the wax is liquefied.

Do not burn a candle all the way down. For a margin of safety, discontinue burning a candle when 1/2 inch remains in the container or 2 inches if using a pillar candle.

Place burning candles at least three inches apart from one another. This is to make sure they do not melt one another or create their own drafts that will cause the candles to burn improperly.

Extinguish a candle if the flame becomes too high or flickers repeatedly. Let the candle cool, trim the wick, and check for unwanted drafts before re-lighting.

Never use a candle as a night light or while you may fall asleep.

Be careful if using candles during a power outage. Flashlights and other battery-powered lights are safer sources of light during a power failure. Never use a candle during a power outage to look for things in a closet, or when fueling equipment – such as a lantern or kerosene heater.


When Extinguishing a Candle:

Use a candle snuffer to extinguish a candle. It is the safest way to prevent hot wax from splattering.

Never use water to extinguish a candle. Water can cause the hot wax to splatter and might break a glass container.

Make sure the candle is completely out and the wick ember is no longer glowing before leaving the room.

Do not touch or move the candle until it has completely cooled.

Never use a knife or sharp object to remove wax drippings from a glass holder. It might scratch, weaken, or cause the glass to break upon subsequent use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you make all of the beeswax candles that you sell? Yes. We make all of our beeswax candles locally in Williamsburg Virginia.

 Are your beeswax candles 100% pure beeswax? Yes. Each of our beeswax candles is made with 100% pure beeswax. We do not add any other waxes, chemicals, or fragrances to our candles and wax tarts. By using 100% pure beeswax, the candles are considered to be eco-friendly and hypoallergenic. Additionally, pure beeswax candles are thought to emit negative ions when they burn, which can help to purify the air and neutralize pollutants. Because pure beeswax candles are made without any other waxes, chemicals, or fragrances, they often burn longer and cleaner than other types of candles. They also emit a natural honey scent which is pleasing to most people. 

 Where does your beeswax come from? All of our beeswax is harvested in the USA. We source our beeswax from our own hives when possible and from a network of Beekeepers and Beeswax rendering companies that we work closely with.

 What types of wicks do you use? Our beeswax candles use 100% cotton wick. They contain no lead, tin, zinc, or other metals.

 Do you provide colored beeswax candles? We may offer color-dipped candles in the future but as of now, all of our beeswax candles are provided using 100% natural beeswax. natural beeswax can vary in color from off-white to deep yellow depending on the source of the wax. The wax from honeycomb cappings is typically lighter in color, while wax from the brood comb can be darker. Sun bleaching is a way to lighten the color of the wax by exposing it to sunlight. This can help to achieve a more consistent color for the candles. However, it's important to note that not all beekeepers or manufacturers use this method and some prefer to keep the natural color of the wax. 

Why beeswax candles can be harder to light?  Beeswax candles are harder to light because they have a higher melting point than other types of wax candles. This means that the wax needs to be heated to a higher temperature before it will melt and the wick can absorb it. As a result, the wick needs to be held to the flame for a longer time before it will catch fire. Additionally, beeswax candles typically require thicker wicks than other types of wax candles, which can also make them harder to light. However, once a beeswax candle is lit, it burns cleanly and brightly and has a longer burn time than other types of wax candles. 

 Some of my candles have a white cloudy film, what is it? The film is called Bloom. This is completely natural and it is a sign that the candle is made of pure beeswax. The bloom can be easily removed by wiping the candle with a soft cloth or using a hairdryer on a low setting to gently melt it. It does not affect the quality of the candle or its burn time. It is simply a natural occurrence that happens with pure beeswax candles.