May 16, 2018
You can line up 10 different beeswax candles from different candle makers and each one will have it's own color. Even beeswax candles from the same candle maker will have candles that vary in color. The reason? Not all beeswax is the same. Since the wax is not made in a factory that controls every part of its creation, beeswax is created by...drum roll please!...bees. Depending on what region of the country the bee lives determines what flowers and plants she forages on and that not only affects wax color, but the fragrance of the wax.
Natural Color Variation in Beeswax is Normal
There are several other reasons why the color of beeswax varies and not all of them have to do with the bees. . .
As a candle maker, we only purchase our beeswax directly from trusted apiaries here in the Pacific Northwest. They allow us to hand select our wax based on color and fragrance. We know how they treated their wax so as to preserve the highest quality of wax. We also know what types of flowers and plants the bees have been foraging on.
When buying beeswax candles, look for lighter colors such as cream, yellows, and golden hues. Even very dark golden hues can smell amazing! This range of colors will have the best honey scent and provide a lovely golden glow when the candles are lit.You can also purchase pure white beeswax for special occasions such as weddings. Even though beeswax starts out pure white when the bees make it, by the time we humans harvest the wax, it has changed color due to honey and pollen exposure in the hive. To get the wax back to its pure white color, wax processors either use a natural filtration system (the kind our apiaries use) or chemicals. The natural filtration method removes all the color and almost all of the honey scent from the wax. Those who purchase pure white beeswax candles for their weddings gladly forego the honey fragrance in exchange for a bright, long-burning, drip-free and pure white candle. Just know where your wedding candles are coming from so you don't end up with chemically treated white wax that can have an unpleasant or artificial aroma to it. Hopefully, this little explanation helps you know more about why your candles can vary in color and fragrance intensity. As long as you buy your beeswax candles from a trusted source, you should not have to worry about getting inferior wax. Enjoy the beauty of beeswax in all its lovely shades!
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