Best beeswax candles: beeswax taper candles, scented, pillar, catholic and votive candles review

What makes them so good

beeswax taper candlesThere are many candles types and styles on the market, and many of them are made of beeswax. You can find beeswax taper candles, scented beeswax candles, beeswax pillar candles, catholic, votive, advent and tealight beeswax candles. Why do this material is so widespread?

Beeswax is a renewable and natural resource. It burns longer than synthetic materials like paraffin, and has very pleasant smell. The melting point is one of the highest among all waxes and it results in a 2-5 times longer burn time with very little dripping. Beeswax candles emit a light of the same spectrum as the sun, it is bright bright and calming. The material is chemical-free,  environmentally friendly and non-toxic. It burns with little smoke when trimmed properly, the candles are biodegradable and carbon-neutral.

Beeswax taper candles

Beeswax taper candles are tall and usually thin candles, which are very widely used. They are useful in the event of a power outage and extremely common as an element of table decor.

beeswax candles by Hyoola

Beeswax candles by Hyoola

For instance, Hyoola are well made, sturdy and pure wax candles without strange wax odours and messy dripping. As all beeswax products, these burn longer, the burning time is about 5 hours. The diameter is common and fit inside most candle holders. In some holders they they fit loosely, but you need only drip a bit of wax in the bottom to hold the candle securely. The flame is steady and bright, the wax burn away completely so you don’t have to scrape out the old wax. Great product, my recommendations!

Beeswax taper candles can be made in molds with unusual shapes. For instance star shaped, or ridged candles with flowers and beads decor.

star shaped taper

SUNBEAM star shaped taper

Sometimes tapers are made of sheets of beeswax by rolling them around the wick. These beeswax taper candles are famous for a very rich, and pleasant scent.

Rolled Bees wax Tapers

Rolled Bees wax Tapers by Little Bee

Little Bee hand rolled beeswax taper candles made of sheets of honeycomb texture wax. When burning, the beeswax sheet become translucent and create a soft glow. The burn time is up to eight hours. Candles have beautiful natural color, and faint scent of honey.

Scented beeswax candles

Natural tapers smells great as it is, but no one bothers to choose scented beeswax candles with with a harmonious bouquet of smells. There are a lot of scented products with essential oils, but because beeswax has very high melting point, there are a lot of essential oils with a flash point 130F and less. So if you plan to make your own scented beeswax candle, be careful. For example, lavender and cinnamon oils are safe for use.

scented beeswax candles

Bluecorn scented beeswax candles – Cinnamon & Rosemary, Lemongrass

Bluecorn scented candles have rich and enjoyable, scent and smell like the essential oils in a spa.

Cinnamon and other earthy scents in the beeswax compliment the actual scent of the beeswax itself. Florals, like plumeria, lemon verbena, lilac, etc. are wonderful. Spicy and fall scents are pretty widespread too.

scented honeycomb beeswax candles

Root scented honeycomb beeswax candles – Tea Leaf & Honey

Root candles made by beeswax and deliver the right amount of smell. Candles come in a really nice container with a lid. The scent of honey is enough even for rooms with high ceilings – one of the great brands on US market!

Beeswax pillar candles

Beeswax pillar candles

Alternative Imagination 100% beeswax pillar candles

Pillar candles are extremely wide and therefore burn for a very long time, especially made of beeswax. For example, a 6″ tall pillar with 3″ diameter can burn for 70 hours and more. Beeswax pillar candles tend to be relatively short, they are most commonly round or square so you can place them on plate or tray and it is relatively safe.

Beeswax pillar candles are best for Valentine’s Day and anniversaries, You can place them on a flame resistant surface and they will look wonderful on the dining table, by a fireplace, or even outside.

Beeswax pillar candles are reliable light source if you follow the basic rules. Keep the wick trimmed to 1/4” and trim it at least after or before each burn. For the first use, let the candle burn for about 1 hour per 1″ diameter inch and then put out the flame and allow it to cool completely. If you want longer burn, keep the top of the beeswax folded in toward the flame.

Soy vs Beeswax?

There are a lot of waxes used for candles. Cleaner-burning waxes like soy are very common, although paraffin and other synthetic materials can be used as well. Palm kernel helps make the beeswax easier to form and less viscous. With it you can achieve bigger melt pool with a smaller wick.

soy vs beeswax candles

HHI jar soy candle

Soy wax go through a lot of chemical treatments, it is typically bleached, deodorized and becomes more predictable in production than beeswax. If you plan to make your own candles, this may be a good choice. Soy wax  also produces more white and cool-toned flame, beeswax makes brighter and warmer light.

Beeswax is a much denser than soy, therefore beeswax candles burn for a longer time and has the lowest toxicity among candle materials. All in all,  soy is a better alternative to paraffin, but they’re no match for beeswax once you compare them.

Beeswax advent candles

The use of the beeswax candles and wreath during Advent is a Catholic tradition that was originally adopted by Christians as a part of their preparation for Christmas. The wreath is made of evergreens and signifies continuous life. The Four Beeswax Advent candles represent the four weeks of Advent.

beeswax advent candles

Mega Candles beeswax advent candles

Beeswax Advent candles may have marks with the days of December up to Christmas Eve. These are typically used in a household rather than a church. Each day in December the taper burnt down to the mark for the day  to show the passing of the days leading up to Christmas (wikipedia).

 

Christmas Advent Candles

Vermont Christmas Company Advent Candles

Beeswax advent candles are also a traditional symbol of the purity of Christ and are used in liturgical celebrations. These taper combined with a rustic texture express the preparation and sacrifice of the Advent season. Common colors of the candles are purple, blue and pink, optionally white. Purple and violet colors are liturgical and signify a time of and sacrifice, penance and prayer. The white taper (color of purity) is placed in the middle and lit on Christmas Eve. This is “Christ Candle” that represents the life of Christ.

Beeswax tealight candles

T-candles come in a small thin plastic or metal cup to exclude dripping even if the wax liquefies completely. They are usually wider than their height and intended for use in teapot or food warmers. Beeswax tealight candles are used for accent lighting and may be set afloat on water for decorative effect.

Beeswax tealight candles

Beeswax tealight candles by Serenibee Candle

Standard beeswax tealight candle is about 1.5″ in diameter and 0.6″ high, it has a power output of around 30 watts. Clear polycarbonate cups t-candles generate more light, however, aluminum cups are much more common.

White beeswax candles

Beeswax is a natural product made by bees for storing honey and growing brood. New wax is white, but becomes yellow when it has a lot of yellow pollen in it. Even filtered new wax is yellowish. Old wax is yellowish-brown and if wax cells have had brood in it becomes brown and gets darker with every generation of brood. All of this is normal.

white beeswax candles

Hyoola white beeswax candles

 

White beeswax is usually bleached. Pharmaceutical grade white beeswax isn’t bleached, but filtered many times. All in all, although white wax looks great, there are no significant benefits in using it. Nevertheless, the white beeswax is great when you need to dye it a pastel color or the use of white candles is necessary for design reasons. And keep in mind that white beeswax candles have much less honey smell when they burn.

 

Conclusions

Beeswax candles are much more expensive than paraffin ones, but they burn 2-5 times longer and hardly drip, so the price is reasonable. All candles must be burned in a holder to prevent falling, making a mess and spreading fire. There are many candle holders and they are a great addition to interior design. Beeswax candles have a soft and warm golden glow with a unique natural mildly sweet fragrance. Try one, I think you’ll love it.

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