Beeswax Facts

  • Yellow beeswax candles are made from the cappings of honeycombs.  Some beeswax is darker and can be quite brown, this wax is also pure and functions the same as yellow beeswax.
  • For every 54 pounds of honey extracted from honeycomb 1 pound of cappings beeswax is produced.
  • To produce one pound of beeswax the bees must consume 8-10 pounds of honey.
  • Pure white droplets of wax, called scales, are secreted by young worker bees.  It takes about 800,000 scales to make one pound of beeswax.
  • Beeswax does not ‘go bad’. It ‘blooms’ but will remain stable and functions just as well as newly produced beeswax.
  • Beeswax ‘blooms’.  This is the natural process of beeswax oils migrating to the surface of the wax.  Bloom on a candle appears as a whitish coating, which can be rubbed off or removed by running a hair dryer over the surface. In no way does this bloom affect the functionality of the wax.
  • Only Beeswax ‘blooms’.  If a candle is claiming to be beeswax, but does not bloom, then it is not pure beeswax.
  • Beeswax is not affected by mildew and does not oxidize.
  • Beeswax melts at approximately 149 deg F.  It will soften at about 90 degrees F and burns at about 500 degrees F.

Never leave a burning candle unattended and ALWAYS place on a heat resistant surface.