Candle Care: How to Properly Use Natural Beeswax Candles

| 8/7/2011 6:56:00 PM

Aimee CebulskiAimee Cebulski is a writer and photographer that has worked extensively with various eco-friendly and health related clients over the years on campaigns to increase public awareness about healthy eating, natural living and cost-saving choices. Founded in 1998, her firm, aim communications, provides communication services to a variety of clients nationwide.  

Beeswax candles are a great choice for people wanting an all-natural, non-toxic product to help create a calming, peaceful home environment. These candles burn brighter, hotter, cleaner and longer than any other wax, and is the only naturally existing wax on earth. As beeswax candles burn they produce negative ions that clean the air of odors, pollens, smoke, dust, dust mites and allergens, which makes them extremely popular with anyone looking to increase their overall respiratory health and sleep better.

Because beeswax is quite different from traditional petroleum-based candles, there are a few key tips to maximize your enjoyment and candle burn time:

Beeswax Sheets 

  • 1. Be sure to only burn beeswax votive and tea light candles in the container supplied; these candles are designed to liquify completely.
  • 2. When you light the candle, light the wick where it meets the wax and not at the top and make sure it is COMPLETELY LIT and a small pool of melted wax has started around the wick before you remove the original flame (natural cotton wicks take longer to start than chemically treated ones)

    3. Tea lights work best when they are allowed to burn completely (3-4 hours) instead of extinguishing them and lighting them again.