Beeswax Candle Facts and FAQs

 

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Are all beeswax candles made with 100% Pure Beeswax?

What's the difference between paraffin candles and 100% pure beeswax candles?

Do beeswax candles burn longer than regular candles?

Why are beeswax candles different colours?

Why is my beeswax candle developing a white coating on it, and what can I do about it?

How many households use candles?

What types of candles are available?

What type of beeswax does Canada Candles use?

What are the most popular candles?

How often do people burn their candles?

Where in the home do people burn their candles?

Are candles appropriate gifts to give?

How much honey does it take to make beeswax?

About honey...

About honeybees...

What are the health benefits of honey?

 


Are all beeswax candles made with 100% Pure Beeswax?

We use 100% pure beeswax in our candle making. Be careful when buying beeswax candles, candles containing as little as 10% beeswax are sold as "beeswax candles". 

What's the difference between paraffin candles and 100% pure beeswax candles?

Beeswax candles are known to burn cleaner compared to any other type of candles - paraffin candles, on the other hand, are known to create toxic fumes that can cause a variety of respiratory problems and even worsen asthma in people who suffer from this condition. This happens due to the fact that paraffin is a byproduct of the oil industry, while beeswax occurs naturally and there are no other synthetic ingredients involved. Beeswax candles are 100% safe to use in the long run, and there are no side effects whatsoever.

Do beeswax candles burn longer than regular candles?

Beeswax candles are known to have a longer life span - they burn longer compared to other candles, and they do not drip, unlike paraffin candles that drip excessively and have a relatively short burning time. In other words, although beeswax candles can cost slightly more than paraffin, they last longer and this is what makes them a great investment and a better choice for your home.

Why are beeswax candles different colours?

Beeswax comes in a variety of shades and tones, candle colors may vary for this reason. The beeswax color will vary depending on the type of nectar source that the bees are gathering.

Why is my beeswax candle developing a white coating on it, and what can I do about it?

Over time, bees wax candles will develop a whitish coating called bloom.  This is the result of softer oils rising to the surface. Rubbing the candle with a soft cloth or warming with a hair dryer will remove candle bloom. Bloom has no effect on how your bees wax candle will burn. Beeswax is a natural substance and can fade over time if left in direct sunlight. Keep your candles away from sunlight.

How many households use candles?

Candles are used in 7 out of 10 U.S. households.

What types of candles are available?

Candles generally can be categorized into 11 basic types: tapers, votives, pillars, container(or jar) candles, tealights, liturgical candles, outdoor candles, floating candles, novelty candles, utility candles, and birthday candles.

What type of beeswax does Canada Candles use?

Canada Candle only uses 100% pure Canadian beeswax to make our beeswax candles.

What are the most popular candles?

Votives, container candles and pillars are currently the most popular types of candles with consumers.

How often do people burn their candles?

Two-thirds of candle purchasers say they use candles once a week or more often. Consumers are increasingly purchasing candles as a focal point for their home decor, and for aromatherapy-like relaxation and stress reduction. Nine out of ten candle users say they use candles to make a room feel comfortable or cozy.

Where in the home do people burn their candles?

Candle users say they most frequently burn candles in the living room (42%), followed by the kitchen (18%) and the bedroom (13%).

 Are candles appropriate gifts to give?

Candle purchasers say they view candles as an appropriate gift for the holidays (76%), as a house warming gift (74%), a hostess/dinner party gift (66%), a thank you (61%) and as adult birthday gifts (58%). Both men and women consider candles to be an always acceptable and highly appreciated gift for a wide variety of occasions.

How much honey does it take to make beeswax?

Bees will consume 8-10 pounds of honey to make 1 pound of Beeswax. Honeybees collect nectar from approximately two million flowers to make one pound of honey, so nectar is collected from 17 million flowers to make 8 1/2 pounds of honey to make one pound of beeswax!

 About honey...

Honey never spoils. No need to refrigerate it. It can be stored unopened, indefinitely, at room temperature in a dry cupboard.

Honey is one of the oldest foods in existence. It was found in the tomb of King Tut and was still edible since honey never spoils. Due to the high level of fructose, honey is 25% sweeter than table sugar. To make honey, bees drop the collected nectar into the honeycomb and then evaporate it by fanning their wings.

Honey has different flavors and colors, depending on the location and kinds of flowers the bees visit. Climatic conditions of the area also influence its flavor and color.

Bees have been producing honey for at least 150 million years. The true honeybee was not known in the Americas until Spanish, Dutch, and English settlers introduced it near the end of the 17th century.

Honey is the only food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water.

Honey and beeswax form the basics of many skin creams, lipsticks, and hand lotions.

About honeybees...

Did you know that bees have 4 wings? The honeybee's wings stroke 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz. A bee flies at a rate of about 12 miles per hour.

How many eyes does a honeybee have? .....Five.

Honeybees communicate with one another by "dancing".

The queen bee is the busiest in the summer months, when the hive needs to be at its maximum strength. She will lay about 1,000 to 1,500 eggs per day.

In the cold winter months, bees will leave the hive only to take a short cleansing flight. They are fastidious about the cleanliness of their hive.

Honeybees do not die out over the winter. They feed on the honey they collected during the warmer months and patiently wait for spring. They form a tight cluster in their hive to keep the queen and themselves warm.

It takes 35 pounds of honey to provide enough energy for a small colony of bees to survive the winter. In order to produce 1 pound of honey, 2 million flowers must be visited.

A hive of bees must fly 55,000 miles to produce a pound of honey. One bee colony can produce 60 to 100 pounds of honey per year.

What are the health benefits of honey?

Honey speeds the healing of open wounds and also combats infection. As recently as the First World War, honey was being mixed with cod liver oil to dress wounds on the battlefield.

Modern science now acknowledges honey as an anti-microbial agent, which means it deters the growth of certain types of bacteria, yeast and molds.

Honey has the ability to attract and absorb moisture, which makes it remarkably soothing for minor burns and helps to prevent scarring.

Honey is nature's energy booster! It provides a concentrated energy source that helps prevent fatigue and can boost athletic performance.

Recent studies have proven that athletes who took some honey before and after competing recovered more quickly than those who did not.

Not a spinach lover? Eat honey - it has similar levels of heart-healthy antioxidants! One antioxidant called "pinocembrin" is only found in honey. For years, opera singers have used honey to boost their energy and soothe their throats before performances.

Honey supplies 2 stages of energy. The glucose in honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost. The fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy.

Honey contains vitamins and antioxidants, but is fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free!

 

Be Safe! Never leave burning candles unattended!