Beeswax candles are the oldest candle known to human kind, used since ancient times. Recent studies led by the School of Chemistry, from the University of Bristol has found evidence of Neolithic farmers using beeswax as far as 7000 BCE.
What is beeswax ?
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by honey bees.
How is it Made ?
Worker bees younger than 18 days old, produce most beeswax in the hive. During this time, the bee secretes beeswax from eight glands located on its abdomen. The bee then moves the wax, from its abdomen to its mouth where chews it, adding saliva to soften it up. During this process the beeswax picks up bits of pollen and propolis from the bees mouth. Afterwards the bees using the beeswax to build the hexagonal honeycomb that is used to store honey. The bees also use beeswax to seal this hexagonal cells in order to keep moisture and debris from entering the honey.
What Does Beeswax Contain?
The composition of beeswax is a complex mixture of more than 300 components, mainly edible fatty acids and long chain alcohols.
Beeswax is used in lip balm, lip gloss, hand creams, salves, moisturisers, hair products, various other cosmetics and of course for making beeswax candles.
Is Beeswax Candle Better than any Other Candle?
Beeswax candle burns brighter and cleaner, as it emits negative ions that are known to help purify the air. This negative ions clear the air of mould spores, odours, gems, dust and other nasty particles. Beeswax candle, also smells amazing, burning without added chemicals or scents, as its naturally aromatic from the honey and flower nectar found in the honeycomb.
Good to know: Some candles labelled as “Beeswax candle” may be predominantly made of paraffin and contain, as little as 5% beeswax. Always check the small letters in the description and look for 100% beeswax candles.