beeswax candles FAQ
Where do you get your beeswax?
Our source of beeswax is cleaned by Golden Leaf beeswax candles workshop. We collected the capping wax\ royaljelly and new honeycomb from from the beekeepers in China, then clean then and get the beeswax. Our beeswax is only lightly filtered, no adding any toxic substances and no adding fragrances. At last we get the pure beeswax. The beeswax is collected from July to September. Most of our wax comes from the pollination of canola and black locust.
What type of filtering do you use for your beeswax?
The raw beeswax is from Golden Leaf directly, so it's already very clean . However, we do lightly filter our beeswax before we use it for our candles. This helps to remove smaller particles and other foreign materials that may clog the wick while burning. Our filters are simply a nylon / cotton / stainless still material that only filters out the large particles that could interfere with the flame.
Are your beeswax candles 100% pure beeswax?
Yes. We do not mix any other waxes or fillers with our beeswax.
What type of wick do you use in your beeswax candles?
Most of our beeswax candles use 100% cotton wicking, other is paper and cotton wicks.
Why are there variations in color?
The natural color of beeswax will vary depending on the type of flower pollinated. Sometimes it can be dark yellow, sometimes bright yellow and sometimes very pale yellow. We are always trying to keep our products consistent in color by mixing different batches of wax; however, there may be slight variations in color. Since beeswax is a natural product it is never 100% consistent in shade, variations are inevitable.
Do you add colors to your beeswax candles?
There are two natural colors, natural yellow and ivory. The raw beeswax we use comes from the hive as a light golden yellow color, which we call "Natural yellow". Our naturally colored beeswax candles do not contain any dyes or additives.
All of our color-added beeswax candles contain a small amount of dye to achieve their crisp vibrant colors. The dyes are formulated with eco-friendly ingredients. They offer excellent color consistency and strength for crisp, clean, bright candles. The colored dye makes up a very small percentage of the overall beeswax candle, much less than 1/10th of 1%. The dyes do not contain hazardous solvents or additives (such as naphtha or naphthalene used in other dyes).
Why beeswax candle fade in open?
Natural color beeswax candles will fade and become lighter in color direct or semi-direct sunlight or open. Keep the beeswax candles in a package.
Bloom? What's the white cloudy film on my beeswax candle?
This white film, called bloom, is normal and occurs to all pure beeswax. This is caused because some of the components of the beeswax migrate to the surface, and will appear a few weeks to a few months after the candle is made. Bloom can be easily removed by wiping the candle with a soft cloth, applying gentle heat with a hair dryer, or placing the candle in warm sunlight. Even though the bloom is easily removable, many people actually desire this effect as it tends to give the beeswax candle a unique and rustic look and feel.
Why does my beeswax candle sometimes seem hard to light?
In order for a candle to work properly it needs to pass melted wax through the wick. Beeswax melts at a higher temperature and requires thicker wicks, therefore it is necessary to hold the lighter next to the wick for a longer time than other candles.
Do you add scents to your beeswax candles?
No, we do not add scents to any of our candles. Scents are manmade and are generally full of nasty things. Golden Leaf beeswax candles are naturally honey scented and we add nothing to them.
What causes a candle to smoke, and what can I do to correct it?
A well-made candle will create virtually no smoke when burning properly. However, if the wick becomes too long, or an air current disturbs the flame's teardrop shape, small amounts of unburned carbon particles (soot) will escape from the flame as a visible wisp of smoke. Any candle will soot if the flame is disturbed.
To avoid this, always trim the wick to ¼ inch before every use and be sure to place candles away from drafts, vents or air currents. If a candle continually flickers or smokes, it is not burning properly and should be extinguished. Allow the candle to cool, trim the wick, make sure the area is draft free, then re-light.
Why select beeswax instead of paraffin\ soy wax or palm wax!
Not only do 100% pure beeswax candles create beautiful soft light, but they actually clean the air as they burn. Beeswax releases negative ions when it burns. Pollen, dust, dirt, pollutants, and any other junk in the air all carry a positive charge, and that is how they can be suspended in the air. The negative ions released from burning beeswax negate the positive charge of air contaminants, and the neutralized ions are sucked back into the burning candle or fall to the ground. Many air purifiers and water filters harness this effective negative ion technology.
but paraffin is made from the sludge at the bottom of barrels of crude oil, which is then treated and bleached with benzene and other chemical solvents before manufacturing it into candles. Paraffin candles put out soot and smoke when you burn them along with toxins and carcinogens. Since burning petrochemical paraffin smells bad, synthetic fragrance oils are added, many of which are irritating and even toxic when burned. Breathing paraffin candle residue is similar to breathing diesel fumes.Beeswax candles come in their natural state. The only process the wax goes through is filtering. It does not go rancid like soy wax. Both soy wax and palm wax are hydrogenated and both come with concerns about their environmental impact., beeswax is the only natural substance that emits negative ions when burned.
What is the best method to remove beeswax?
A good method of removing leftover wax from a container is to place it into a freezer. After it has had a chance to cool, use a knife to carefully pop out the wax. Another method is to warm the container in the oven on low heat just as the wax begins to melt, pour out and wipe off residue with a paper towel. Use care as the container can be very hot.
Why golden leaf candles are more expensive than others?
Golden leaf candles are 100% pure natural beeswax, we use the capping wax\ royaljelly and the new honeycomb, and we melt then by ourself and the filter the raw beeswax. We don't the old honeycomb. The old Bee honeycomb is contain about 30% beeswax, and the rest is other kind of wax. So our beeswax is 100% natural and pure. We can control the temperature better when we melt these honeycomb, but the beekeepers melt the mixture honeycomb directly at high temperatures. So our beeswax quality is much higher than that of beeswax from bee keepers.