Portland, Ore. . . local beeswax
First of all - why Beeswax?
There are many reasons! Here are a few:
- Beeswax candles are completely non-toxic, non-allergenic and non-carcinogenic – they are the cleanest burning candles on the planet.
- A burning beeswax candle produces negative ions, which cleanse the air of dust, odors, toxins, pollen, mold, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and viruses. So, not only are beeswax candles clean burning, they actually clean and purify the air as they burn.
- Beeswax candles are longer burning than any other candles, including vegetable and soy waxes.
- Beeswax candles are beautiful to look at and smell – they burn with a bright, golden light while exuding a natural aromatic, honey essence. They are beneficial for people who have allergies, environmental sensitivities, and too much stress in their lives.
- Purchasing locally made (and sourced) beeswax candles helps support your local beekeepers and bee communities!
We purchase all of our wax (with the exception of the ivory white wax*) from local apiaries. An example of beeswax sourced from a apiary can be seen in the photo above. Beeswax that comes straight from an apiary still has propolis, pollen, dirt, bee parts, and other such impurities in it, so it needs to be further cleaned and filtered in order to be readied for candles. Two things that will clog the wick of a beeswax candle are impurities and honey. Our method of cleaning and filtering the wax removes both impurities and residual honey that remains in the wax. In brief, we melt the wax in water and let time and gravity do their work, after which we filter the wax at least twice (and often three times) using filter material that filters out particles down to one micron. Our cleaning and filtering process takes up to five days to complete.
The bees make the spectacular wax we use - our contribution is minuscule in comparison - and we are honored to do our small part to provide beautiful candles for you to enjoy.
*Our white wax comes from apiaries located in the United States (mostly the Midwest). This wax is not chemically bleached. The white beeswax consists of the lightest grades of crude beeswax which are blended together and filtered to achieve the natural white color.