Beeswax for Candles!
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees. It is one of the oldest and best candle waxes on the market.
Beeswax is however very expensive and not vegan-friendly as it is made from bees.
What is beeswax made of?
Beeswax is made by bees during the honey-making process: it is produced by the glands of bees and is then discarded in the beehive. The bees use it to store the honey.
Newly-produced wax is clear and colourless, but it turns into a yellow/brown opaque wax after being in contact with pollen.
You can buy it in different forms: blocks, slabs, pellets, pre-rolled...
The specifics of beeswax
Price (per kg): € 18 (US$ 21).
Colour: yellow and/or brown.
Melting temperature: 62 °C to 64 °C (144 °F to 147 °F).
Making candles with beeswax
Beeswax is one of the most natural and versatile candle waxes. Beeswax candles burn brightly, cleanly and longer than paraffin wax candles.
With it, you can make different types of candles:
- Pillar candles
- Container candles
- Votive candles
- Tea light candles
- Taper candles
- Tart candles
Fun facts about beeswax
- To secrete wax, the temperature in the hive must be 33 to 36 °C (91 to 97 °F).
- Beeswax is edible and is even approved for food use in many countries.
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