How to Care for a Beeswax Candle
A pure beeswax has an indefinite shelf life; however, after a time it may acquire a powdery substance on its surface called bloom. Bloom can be removed by simply warming and rubbing the beeswax with a soft cloth or a blow dryer.
Cleaning Beeswax from Glassware
This is one of our most commonly asked questions. There are two simple methods.
1) Heat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Place a cookie sheet covered with newspaper or paper towel on the oven rack. Place the glassware upside down on the cookie sheet. Allow for the wax to warm and melt off the glassware onto the newspaper or paper towel. Remove from the oven while the glassware is still warm. Take a paper towel and wipe the inside of the glassware clean of all wax residue.
2) Heat a pot of water on the stove and place the glassware in the hot water. The wax will melt allowing you to remove the glassware and wipe clean with a paper towel. Caution – do not boil the water as it may cause the glassware to crack. Beeswax will melt at low temperatures.
The melting point of beeswax is 142 degrees Fahrenheit.
How to Burn A Beeswax Candle
All beeswax candles require maintenance. The most important aspect of burning a beeswax candle is following the maintenance instructions and never leave a burning candle unattended. Instructions are also included on all of our product labels.
Recycle & Reuse
Never throw out left over Beeswax. The best way to use up most of your scraps is to simply recycle them back into any other Pure Bee Works Beeswax Candles. Simply shave the left over wax into small pieces or break it up into chunks and use it as fuel to ‘fill up’ your candle whenever possible.
Do Not Burn Paraffin while Burning Beeswax
We recommend that you do not burn paraffin candles at the same time as you burn our candles as the negative ions produced by pure beeswax will cause the black soot from the paraffin candles to stick to many household surfaces, particularly vinyl materials (windows), plastics (computer cases, garbage cans, litter boxes, children’s toys) and appliances.
Never Leave a Candle Burning Unattended
Never leave a candle burning in another room even when you are home. If you leave the room for an extended length of time, take the candle with you or extinguish it. All pillar candles need ‘maintenance’ while being burned over different lengths of time, depending on the size of the candle. Tealights, tapers and votive glass candles can be unattended for short lengths of time, as they are contained within a holder, however as the wax burns down, the wicks do get taller and will need trimming.