Matthew and I crafted our first ever candles with soy wax, back before Waxing Moon House was born. We assumed this was our best option. As we evolved as candle makers, and a family that strives to live a healthy lifestyle, we learned that soy wax is a better option than paraffin wax, but it wasn’t the best and actually presented a lot of questions in regards to overall health and well-being.
Cue beeswax: the material used to craft candles for churches and royalty since the ancient times. It’s the only wax that has zero carbon footprint! There is no chemical process it has to undergo to transform it as the wax is made from the bees themselves. Used to mold the cells of their hive to store honey and house eggs, it creates the infrastructure of the hive and is a dense substance. Beeswax has a higher melting point which means that compared to the alternatives, takes longer to melt. Because of its density, it’s able to be molded and capture intricate details, within the hive and as a candle. Beeswax is a completely natural byproduct post honey harvest. The bees make it, we filter it and add a wick. Simple as that!
There is no need for the addition of fragrance because the wax naturally carries the familiar aroma of honey. The shade of the wax is determined by what the bees have pollinated on and can range from a pale yellow/off white to spicy mustard color. Following a honey harvest, unfiltered beeswax is warmed and filtered of organic debris and is typically divided into bricks. This basic process allows us to produce a candle that has a minimal negative impact on our planet. When you light a pure beeswax candle you can trust that you’re getting a clean burn that is cleansing the space rather than polluting it with toxic fumes.
In a sense, increasing the demand for clean candles crafted with 100% pure beeswax supports the bees themselves. They desperately need our help, our entire planets ecosystem is dependent on the work the bees selflessly provide. When you choose beeswax you are making a positive choice for your health and the health of our planet.