Tips for Burning Beeswax Candles


  • Beeswax is a very unique wax with properties completely unlike commercial paraffin and even soy wax. The wax burns totally clean–even purifying the air! Gotta love those bees.
  • Beeswax candles aren’t necessarily difficult to burn but if you are in search of perfect candle nirvana, you will want to follow these simple tips to optimize your beeswax experience.
  • Keep the wick trimmed to 1/4″! This is the biggie instruction. As your candle burns, you will want to trim the wick to keep the flame in check and minimize/avoid drips. You will know when to trim the wick if you flame gets over 3/4″ high. Trimming your wick will extend the life of your candle!
  • If you have problems lighting your candle, try trimming the wick. Sometimes a carbon ball forms at the end and  this impedes flame function.
  • Burning for longer periods of time will help your candle avoid tunneling by creating a healthy wax pool. However, burning too long will melt the outer walls and spill your wax. The standard formula is 1 hour  of burn time for every inch of thickness (measured in diameter). For example, 2″ thick candle will perform optimally if burned for 2 hours.
  • As the walls of your candle soften, you may or may not want to push them in towards the wax pool. This is basically a personal preference.
  • Beeswax is a dripless candle wax, however, due the un-uniformity in diameter that is inherent to certain molded candle designs, your candle may drip. Always burn with a candle plate beneath candle. You may alway want to extinguish your candle (by dipping wick in wax pool) and then peeling off the drips and adding them to the wax pool once your candle is relit.
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