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The Amazing History of Beeswax

There are several advantages that beeswax candles have over ordinary paraffin wax candles, including producing far less toxicity due to the lack of smoke and having a longer burn time. Beeswax itself has been utilised for thousands of years for a wide variety of applications, and as a natural polymer it is actually one of the first plastics ever to be used by humans along with the likes of tortoiseshell, horn from animal antlers and the latex resin from a particular family of trees from the genus Palaquium. Beeswax is particularly malleable though and thus is ideal for inclusion in the ingredients of a candle.

The beeswax is originally created by worker bees that secrete it from special glands on their abdomens to form the honeycomb cells within which they house their young and store honey and pollen. The bees must consume a lot more honey in order to create it (about eight times as much) and it is thought that over the course of producing just 1lb of beeswax, a bee will have flown the equivalent of approximately six times around the earth (150,000 miles). So when you’re burning a beeswax candle, rest assured you are using a product that a hell of a lot of hard work has gone into, and that’s just before we humans get our hands on it.

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Indispensable Beeswax

Another benefit of using beeswax is that it doesn’t decompose or go off. Even ancient beeswax can be reused by heating it and reshaping it, not that the beeswax found in ancient Egyptian tombs was recycled like this, as its importance as a historical record dictates that it remains as found. Beeswax has also been discovered on wrecked Viking ships as well as in the archaeological dig sites of Roman ruins, though one of the oldest uses of beeswax dates back even further to over five thousand years ago, when it was used in the process of lost-wax casting, where you cover an object in the wax and let it set, creating a mould by which the sculptor can then create multiple copies of the original object.

Another well-known ancient use of beeswax was in the creation of wax tablets which were portable writing surfaces which could be recycled and reused over and over again. Other historical uses include strengthening sewing thread, an ingredient in sealing wax and also as a component in the manufacture of long bows. Later, more militaristic uses were found for beeswax as it was used as a lubricant for bullets in cap and ball firearms and there are also some explosive materials in which beeswax was used to stabilise the material, before eventually being replaced by more efficient substances such as petroleum-based ingredients. Beeswax is also known to have been used as an ancient type of dental filling.

Ancient Beeswax Tablet

More Amazing Uses for Beeswax

Artistically, beeswax has had many uses as well, with perhaps its most famous use being in the creation of encaustic hot wax paintings. The process involves heating beeswax and then adding colour pigments before the wax is painted onto a canvas or wood surface. The Egyptians used this method for their Fayum mummy portraits of the 2nd and 3rd centuries, though the method remained popular throughout the centuries that followed. The 20th century saw artists such as Fritz Faiss revitalise the process as an art form and since his death in 1981, the encaustic painting technique has grown increasingly popular with more and more artists innovating new ways of utilising beeswax using tools such as electric irons and hotplates.

The Javanese culture of Indonesia often uses beeswax when making Batik, which is a cloth made via a traditional wax-resistant dyeing method. The designs of Batik are very important as only people of nobility are allowed to wear certain colours and patterns. During traditional Javanese events and occasions, it is said to be possible to identify the lineage of all nobility by the Batik cloth they are adorned in.

In the modern Western world, you’ll find beeswax as a common ingredient in a lot of cosmetic products as well as its increasing popularity as a candle ingredient. Its popularity is justified due to the fact that a 100% pure beeswax candle like these Price’s Beeswax Pillar Candles burn completely clean and pure, producing no smoke or soot which is an unfortunate by-product of regular paraffin candles. The unbleached beeswax actually acts as an air deodoriser removing unpleasant odours from the atmosphere of the room it’s burned in. The flames of beeswax candles are also renowned for being clean and bright, which altogether makes them one of the best choices you can make when you buy candles online.

Top 10 Facts about Soy Candles

Soy Wax Candles are long-lasting, clean-burning candles with a conscience. They are made from the hydrogenated oil of the soy bean vegetable, which means they are a natural and renewable resource which creates excellent candle wax that burns consistently while emitting aromatic scents all the way to the end. Here’s a top ten facts about Soy Wax Candles to help you get to know them and why they are so highly recommended.

The Soy Candle Lowdown

Soy Bean Candle
Soy Bean Candle

Soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax and there is no petrol-carbon soot which can leave black marks on nearby surfaces, a problem that is immediately obvious with normal candles when you hold something close to the flame (such as heating a plate). However, even from distance the sooty resin from paraffin candles will build up over time and leave dark blotches on nearby walls and the ceiling above.

Being non-toxic, the smoke from soy wax contains no carcinogens that are usually present in normal candle smoke. While candle smoke is not excessively dangerous in the way that the carcinogens in cigarette smoke are, it is still a health factor worth noting, especially for those already suffering breathing problems such as asthma.

Soy candles burn cooler than paraffin wax so are actually a bit safer, with their heat less likely to build up as it can with a paraffin candle. Safety measures are of course still advised, but the cooler-burning soy wax candle flame is less of a threat than the much hotter paraffin candles.

Because soy wax candles burn cooler, they also burn slower and thus produce much longer lasting candles, meaning you get a lot more for your money when you buy soy wax candles.

Soy wax comes from soy beans which are a renewable source, unlike paraffin which includes non-renewable petroleum. In this modern age we really need to do all we can to help the environment and switching from paraffin candles to soy candles is another small step we can all take.

Soy Bean Farming
Soy Bean Farming

Because soy wax is made from the hydrogenated oil of the soy bean vegetable, it is completely and naturally biodegradable, which means it is capable of decomposing via bacteria or other living organisms, thus avoiding unnecessary pollution – making them very eco friendly.

Soy candles are also ideal for vegans and vegetarians because they are made from the oil of the soy bean. This doesn’t mean you can eat them, of course, but they are made with completely natural materials which will ease the consciences of the earthly minded.

Where normal wax can ruin many surfaces, soy wax is a lot easier to clean off of other materials. It can usually be cleaned away using just a bit of warm, soapy water, whereas dripping paraffin wax onto a material or surface will likely result in permanent damage.

The purchase of soy bean products can significantly help the agricultural sectors of many economies around the world and instigate important growth. As soy beans are grown by farmers, buying soy products helps them rather than the petroleum companies that have probably had enough of our money by now.

Soy wax also maintains and preserves the purity of the scent it is infused with, creating much higher quality scented candles with truer aromas that are less affected by the melting wax and burning wick than scented paraffin candles.

Top 3 Votive Candles

These small yet powerful Votive candles are great for sampling a new fragrance that you’re unsure to by in a big Housewarmer jar. Take a look at our top 3 favourite fragrances that you’ll want to snap up straight away! You’ll absolutely love the stunning aroma and the cute designs too!

Vanilla Beanpod Soy Wax Votive

Vanilla Beanpod Soy Wax Votive
Vanilla Beanpod Soy Wax Votive

Bring your home to live with the rich and creamy essence from this fantastic Vanilla Beanpod Soy Wax Votive. The fine fragrance will soothe your senses and send you into pure bliss. Everyone will comment on the luxurious fragrance will love dotting these 100% soy wax candles all around their home.

Eco-friendly and beautifully scented, this exquisite votive sampler will burn much longer than paraffin wax and it will set the mood perfectly for any romantic occasions.

Bahama Breeze Yankee Candle Votive

Bahama Breeze Yankee Candle Votive
Bahama Breeze Yankee Candle Votive

Drift away to a paradise island with this sensational Bahama Breeze Yankee Candle Votive Sampler. The small yet powerful fruity cocktail aroma will help you to relax and calm if you have the holiday blues if you’re trembling with excitement before a holiday.

This wonderful fragrance will fill your home with the sensational fragrance and the light blue colour will really make a statement.

French Lavender Bolsius Votive

French Lavender Bolsius Votive
French Lavender Bolsius Votive

The gorgeous tranquil scent of aromatic lavender will fill your home with joy and summer freshness. You’ll absolutely love this divine French Lavender Votive Candle by Bolsius.

The light and elegant lilac colour will immediately add a splash of girly charm to your home and will grab everyone’s attention. If you love fantastic quality and beautiful floral fragrances, you’ll love Bolsius’ lovely French Lavender candle.

Light Up Your Life with LED Candles

LED Candles for Outdoor Parties!
LED Candles for Outdoor Parties!

If you love your candles but aren’t too keen on messy, melted wax or simply want to avoid naked flames, LED candles are a fantastic alternative!

Totally safe and flame free, our battery-operated candles look exactly like real candles, complete with flickering artificial flame, but without the need to light them. You can choose artificial LED candles that look completely real or wax LED candles with real wax exterior that will never melt!

Each flameless candle operates with a switch at the bottom and works with AA batteries, lithium batteries, or rechargeable batteries. These candles do not burn or produce heat or smoke, so are very friendly to the environment. They are ideal for households with children or animals, where naked flames are not advisable.

No Flame, Your Gain!

LED Tea Light candles look great when used in tall vases. During Christmas try placing leaves and berries in the vase along with the candle. You’ll never have to worry about the wax dripping on them or the flame burning them.

LED candles are very useful at events like weddings or anniversaries. The last thing you want is to be concerned about linens or centrepieces catching on fire. They are also very handy for religious services, where numerous candles are required and can be left unattended. The Jewish culture use LED candles on the Sabbath instead of traditional candles, which would have to be lit by striking a match.

Benefits of LED Candles

    The safety and convenience factors of LED candles cannot be overemphasized. Consider the following points:

  • Flameless candles are great for the environment as they don’t contribute to air pollution.
  • Elderly people with mobility or sight problems will enjoy the ease of LED candles.
  • Flameless candles are perfect for garden parties and are not affected by windy nights.
  • Flameless candles are ideal for your child’s nursery or bedroom where safety is paramount.
  • People with health problems who don’t have the best mobility yet who want the comforting flicker of a nearby candle
    will benefit greatly from LED candles.

You’ll love ScentedCandleShop’s inspiring variety of LED candles. We have Christmas candles, melted wax pillar candles, rechargeable candles, tapered dinner candles, party lights, and more! Start a collection and bring your home or venue to life with safe, flame-free, smokeless LED candles!

Smart Candle Party LIght Set
Smart Candle Party LIght Set
Rechargeable Smart Candles
Rechargeable Smart Candles

Smart Tapered Candles
Smart Tapered Candles

Help Save a Child’s Life with Bridgewater Candles

Did you know that buying one Bridgewater candle you could make a huge difference to an orphan? Well it’s true. Nearly 144 million children across the world are orphaned and every 2 seconds one dies from malnutrition. Bridgewater Candle Company have partnered up with non-profit, Rice Bowls™ to change the lives of these children. For every Jar Candle that is sold, Bridgewater makes a donation to Rice Bowls to feed a child for one day.

Bridgewater Jar Candles

We have a wide selection of heavenly fragrances that will evoke fond memories. The luxurious scents will massage your senses for hours and the gorgeous jar design will simply take your breath away. Each scented jar candle has a long burning time of 65 to 85 hours and is made with soy wax which has a cleaner burning than paraffin wax and of course is eco-friendly.

The eye-catching yet modern design will look great in any home and will inject a lovely colour and comforting aroma for hours. Give these candles as a gift to a family member or friend or you can keep one for your home, the choice is entirely yours.

Everyone will fall in love with the nostalgic perfume and will love collecting all of these incredible fragrances. Bridgewater wanted everyone to not only enjoy the lovely scent and design but they wanted their customers to be more aware of what is happening in these countries. You can now fragrance your home and make a change to these abandoned children’s lives.

Bridgewater Lavender Lane Jar Candle
Lavender Lane Jar Candle
bridgewater candles
Light a candle, Feed a child
Bridgewater Sunshine Jar Candle
Sunshine Jar Candle