Beeswax is the ultimate in bright, long-lasting candle wax. I hand pour each and every pillar to ensure quality from beginning to end. I use refined yellow for nearly all of the candles, with the exception of Macabre, and a few other select signature blends. For those which require color, I use fully refined white beeswax instead to ensure pure color without a yellow hue.
The Square Pillar Candle in this listing is 3 inches across and nearly 4 inches tall weighing close to 20 ounces. Regular customers report they get close to 200 hours of burn time with these candles. Trim the wick to 1/8-1/4 inch EVERY TIME you light it. Then let it burn 4-5+ hours at a time, until the melt pool nears within 1/4-1/2 inch of the edge. Once it has burned down about an inch, hug that crust inward gently to ensure that your candle burns all the way down with no waste.
The candle is engineered to burn down into itself consuming all of the wax when burned properly. You can also burn it so that it makes a "tunnel", using the scented shell as a hurricane lamp. Make sure to always burn it away from drafts or it won't burn evenly.
I scent these beeswax candles just enough to enhance the room, not take it over. The candles need to burn for a very long time to consume the wax. We want the room to be highlighted, not the candle spotlighted.
Beeswax burns clean and bright. The light spectrum of a beeswax candle with a pure cotton wick is similar to that of sunlight. Beat the Winter Blues with a beeswax candle.
I like my candles to consume every drop of wax, so "hugging" is part of my routine. When the melted pool of wax is about 1/4" from the edge, I gently pinch around the candle to help the walls melt inward. This deepens the melt pool temporarily and shortens the flame. If done right before extinguishing it will be prepared to light the next time for a beautiful long burn.
Manufacturing of Beeswax Pillars:
Beeswax pillar candles go through many steps from the bee to you. Every candle is handled a minimum of 6 times in the process!
1) First, each mold needs to be prepared with a wick and a bit of non-stick spray. Without spray the wax would stick in the mold forever. It is NO FUN when that happens.
2) After melting the wax the the right temp, it is measured, scented (and colored) as needed and poured into prepared candle molds. When full, each candle is allowed to cool very slowly. Cooling too quickly can result in cracks or other imperfections.
3) Beeswax shrinks a LOT as it cools. In the process air cavities form within the candle which must be opened and filled. I use a long, thin skewer to poke all around the wick to expose the pockets, then pour molten wax until each hole is completely filled. Sometimes the fill process must be performed several times.
4) Once cooled and inspected for a second time the candle is removed from the mold and allowed to fully cool.
5) When totally cold, each candle wick is trimmed to the proper length, and leveled on a flat hot plate. The wick is also primed at this point so it lights easily for you.
6) When all cold, again, it is labeled and packed in a shrink bag to protect it on its journey to you.