FAQ about beeswax candles

At Apis Cera, we pride ourselves on offering candles made with high quality raw materials to ensure optimal performance and maximum longevity. We use 100% natural wax to make our candles, making them safe for you and your environment. We are committed to being environmentally friendly at every stage of production, and this includes using natural cotton wicks and recyclable packaging materials. If you have any questions about our products or our production process, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help you get the most out of your Apis Cera experience.

Why beeswax candles?

Beeswax candles are popular because of their unique properties that make them superior to other types of
candles. Beeswax is natural, durable and produces a clean flame that does not give off harmful substances. In addition, it has a high melting point, which makes it take longer to melt and burn evenly. Finally, beeswax also has a pleasant smell that can add to the ambiance of a room.

What is the best wax for candles?

There is no “best” wax in general for candles, as it depends on each person’s criteria. However, some of the most commonly used waxes for candles are :
Beeswax: natural, durable and produces a clean flame
Soy wax: environmentally friendly, long burning time and low smoke
Kerosene wax: affordable, easy to work with and available in many colors
Vegetable wax: environmentally friendly and does not contain chemicals that are harmful to health
Ultimately, the choice of wax depends on personal preferences and goals, such as burn time, flame quality, safety, environmental impact, etc.

How to make candles using beeswax?

Here are the general steps for making beeswax candles:

– Preparation: gather all the necessary materials, including melted beeswax, wicks, molds, a thermometer and a wooden stick for stirring the wax.
– Melt the beeswax: Melt the beeswax using a water bath method or a dedicated wax melter. Make sure the temperature does not exceed 120°F to prevent the wax from breaking down.
– Add dyes and fragrances (optional): If desired, add dyes and fragrances to personalize your candle.
– Wrap the wick: Wrap the wick around a wooden stick and place it in the center of the mold. Make sure the wick is centered and tight.
– Pour the molten wax: slowly pour the molten wax into the mold around the wick. Be sure to leave enough room for the candle to expand as it cools.
– Allow to cool: Allow the candle to cool at room temperature for about 2 hours, or until it is completely solid.
– Remove candle from mold: Once the candle is completely solid, carefully remove it from the mold.
– Cut the wick: Cut the wick to the desired length and light your candle for the first time.

Tip: Always be sure to follow safety precautions to avoid fires and burns when making candles.

Why are candles toxic?

In general, candles are not considered toxic if they are made with quality materials and burned safely. However, some types of candles can be potentially toxic, especially if they are made with synthetic waxes or poor quality fragrances.
When a candle burns, it can release harmful substances into the air, such as hydrocarbons, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), fine particles and aldehydes. VOCs and fine particles can irritate the respiratory tract and contribute to indoor air pollution. Aldehydes can be toxic to health if inhaled in high enough quantities.
To minimize potential health risks, it is important to choose candles made with quality materials, such as beeswax or soy wax, and to avoid candles scented with synthetic fragrances. It is also important to burn candles safely, following safety guidelines such as placing them away from combustible materials and extinguishing them when unattended.

What are the benefits of beeswax?

Beeswax is a natural product that can provide many health and home maintenance benefits. Here are some of the benefits of beeswax:

Skin Care: Beeswax can help moisturize and nourish the skin, especially for dry and irritated skin. It can also help protect the skin from external aggressors, such as wind and cold.
Hair health: Beeswax can help nourish and moisturize hair, which can make it softer, shinier and healthier.
Lip Protection: Beeswax can help protect lips from damage caused by wind, cold and UV rays. It can also help moisturize dry, chapped lips.
Skin Care Products: Beeswax can be used in the formulation of skin care products, such as lotions, creams and balms.
Candle making: Beeswax can be used to make natural candles, which are considered healthier than candles made from synthetic waxes.
Household products: Beeswax can also be used to make household products, such as furniture waxes and wood care products.

Tip: It is important to choose quality beeswax, produced by responsible beekeepers, to enjoy the benefits of this natural product.

Which wax for non-toxic candle?

For a non-toxic candle, it is recommended to choose a candle made from natural waxes such as beeswax, soy wax, palm wax or rape wax. These waxes are considered healthier than synthetic waxes because they do not release harmful substances when they burn.
It is also important to choose candles with cotton or linen wicks, as metal wicks can release harmful metal particles when burning.
Finally, it is important to choose candles with natural scents, such as essential oils, rather than synthetic scents, which can release harmful substances when burning.

Which wax last the longest?

The burn time depends on several factors, including the quality of the wax, the size of the candle and the way it is used. However, in general, soy and rapeseed waxes are considered to last longer than beeswax, as they burn more slowly and evenly.
That being said, beeswax can also last a long time if used properly. It is important to follow the instructions for use to get the optimum burn time from your candle.
In general, candles made from high quality waxes and with cotton or linen wicks can last longer than candles made from synthetic waxes or with metal wicks.

Who invented beeswax candles?

The use of beeswax for candles is considered to date back to ancient times, but there is no clear evidence as to the invention of beeswax candles. The first beeswax candles were probably used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to light their homes and religious temples.
Over time, beeswax candle making became more sophisticated, with the addition of cotton wicks and the creation of molds to make candles of various shapes and sizes.
It is therefore difficult to say who invented the beeswax candle, as it is the result of historical evolution rather than an isolated invention. However, the use of beeswax for candles is an important part of human history and has played a crucial role in the development of lighting technology.

Why is beeswax not vegan?

Beeswax is not considered vegan because it is produced by bees, which are living animals. Vegans strive not to use animal products, including beeswax.
However, there are vegan alternatives to beeswax, such as soy wax, palm wax, and rapeseed wax. These waxes are made from plants, making them more suitable for vegan values.
Ultimately, the choice of wax for candles depends on personal preference and belief. People who strive to live vegan may opt for vegan alternatives to beeswax, while others may choose beeswax or other types of wax.

How is beeswax obtained?

Beeswax is produced by honeybees to build the cells of their hive. Bees gland a sweet liquid called nectar, which is then deposited into the cells of the hive and turned into wax.
To obtain beeswax, honey producers collect the hive frames containing the wax cells, then melt them to separate the wax from the molasses. The melted wax is then filtered and cooled to form blocks of raw wax.
Raw beeswax can be used as is to make candles, or it can be melted and filtered again to remove impurities and obtain a purer wax. Beeswax can also be dyed and scented to give a variety of different colors and aromas to candles.
It is important to note that obtaining beeswax can have an impact on bees and their environment, so it is important to choose ethically and sustainably produced beeswax products.

How to remove impurities from beeswax?

To remove impurities from beeswax, it is usually necessary to melt the raw beeswax and filter it.
Here are the general steps for removing impurities from beeswax:

Melt the beeswax: Raw beeswax can be melted using a double boiler or glass container placed in a hot water bath. It is important not to boil the beeswax as this may discolor it.
Add filter: Once the beeswax is melted, you can add a paper filter to remove impurities. You can also use a burlap or cotton bag to filter the wax.
Cool and solidify: The strained wax needs to be cooled to solidify and can be poured into molds or containers to be used for candle making.
It is important to remember that filtered beeswax may still contain impurities and must be filtered several times to obtain a purer wax. It may also be necessary to let the wax sit for some time to allow the impurities to settle to the bottom before filtering it again.