Burning Tips–Burning Beeswax Candles

Burning Beeswax Candles:

Your candles were made to burn beautifully.   Because beeswax burns at a higher temperature than paraffin or soy wax, the lighting process is a little different.

 

Steps to Light Beeswax Candles

1) aim the lighter/match flame at the base of the wick where it meets the wax, rather than the top of the wick
2) melt the wax on top of the candle so that it liquefies and glistens
3) remove lighter/match

 

Tea Light, Votive and Taper Candles

Be sure to follow the three beeswax candle-lighting steps when lighting these smaller candles.  The wicks for these smaller candles are thinner and, although the wicks will light easily, they can burn up before the flame reaches the wax to melt it and use it as a fuel.  This will leave you with a “dud” candle that will not easily re-light.

There is no need to trim the tea light or taper wick.  You may wish to trim the votive wick slightly to keep the flame bright if it gets small/dull.

Pillar Candles

Burn chunky 2.5″-3″ diameter beeswax pillars for longer periods of time (up to 3 hours)3hourclock
Carefully fold in candle walls once melted wax pool is 2.5″ in diameter.  This will prevent tunneling down the centre of the candle and allow you a long, more efficient burn time.
The best way to extinguish burning beeswax candles is to submerge the wick in the melted wax pool using the end of a bobby pin or large straightened paperclip.  Blowing out the flame dries the wick and makes re-lighting more difficult.
 Keep the natural-cotton wick trimmed to 1/4″.  Each time you are ready to re-light your candle, take a small bit off the tip of the wick with scissors.  If your candle begins smoking and flickering during burning, or it if is not burning brightly, extinguish, trim slightly with scissors, and re-light.