Beeswax for Candle Making

Beeswax for Candle Making

Beeswax has become a favorite candle making wax amongst enthusiasts. For a long time it was expensive and difficult to get a hold of, but now anyone can get it. What many people really like about this variety of candle wax is that it is completely natural. It’s possible to buy beeswax in sheets from craft stores. This is usually very soft and doesn’t need to be melted in order to create simple, effective candles, which can be great for letting the kids make candles. Beeswax candles can be a little more difficult to get out of molds, so you need to be prepared to deal with this.

Beeswax has a relatively low melting point range of 62 °C to 64 °C (144 °F to 147 °F). If beeswax is heated above 85 °C (185 °F) discoloration occurs. The flash point of beeswax is 204.4 °C (400 °F).

 

Pros 

  • Non-hazardous
  • Non-carcinogenic
  • Dyes are not tested on animals
  • Solvent-free
  • Does not contain hazardous additives such as naphtha or naphthalene
  • We use a minute amount of dye in our candles, less than 0.0125%
  • None of the components in the dye is required to be listed in the California Proposition 65 list of cancer-causing agents
  • Can be shipped in all weather conditions because of its high melt point
 

Cons

  • Considered pricier than other waxes
  • Beeswax can be combined with other waxes to reduce manufacturing costs, be sure to always look for 100% pure beeswax products

 

Of all the materials used to make candles, natural beeswax is considered to be the most prestigious, the most elegant and in many cases the most expensive. Candles made with beeswax burn very slowly and cleanly with the sweet aroma of honey, creating a relaxing, intimate atmosphere. Beeswax can be used at 100% or can be blended effectively with paraffin or soy waxes to improve the overall quality. It can also be very beneficial in increasing burn times when blended with paraffin and soy. Beeswax has very little shrinkage and can be used to make container, pillar, votive, novelty or taper candles.

 

Beeswax Candles

  • Beeswax does have soft and tacky properties despite its high melting point. This can make mold release difficult in some cases. We recommend using a silicone spray to ease in mold release every 3rd or 4th pour.
  • The best molds to use with the beeswax are polyurethane or polycarbonate. Aluminum molds will work but mold release is essential to use. We recommend pouring beeswax at 155-165º F for best results.
  • The Square Braided series of wicks were originally designed for beeswax candles and are the most effective. Their open construction and treatment make them ideal for the highly viscous beeswax.
  • The square braided is designed to give you a slight curl when it is burned to minimize blooming (carbon buildup).
  • After a considerable period of time, candles made with beeswax may appear to be covered with a mysterious white powder called “bloom” creating an attractive frosty appearance.
  • Many candle makers like the exotic look of the “bloom” because they feel it gives their candles the look of “age.” “Bloom” has no effect on the way the candle burns and is actually a sign of purity in 100% beeswax.
   

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