HOW TO BUY THE BEST BEESWAX CANDLES: #1

September 25, 2018

How to buy the best beeswax candles

When Big Moon Beeswax attends artisan showcase events, we get many questions about what to look for when buying beeswax candles so consumers can get the most for their money. The first point we will make may be surprising to hear from a candle company, but it’s true and there’s no denying it:

THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE BEST BEESWAX CANDLE MAKER

Gasp! Did a candle-maker just say that? While we would love to say that Big Moon Beeswax is the best candle-maker you can buy your candles from, it wouldn’t be honest. There are a number of great beeswax candle-makers out there making beautiful and safe beeswax candles and we are just one of them. This is not a post about our candles are better than their candles because not one beeswax candle-maker has the best beeswax candles you can buy. Hopefully, each candle company brings something unique and beautiful to the public, but not one candle maker has found the magic formula that will please every candle buyer out there. You can’t be all things to all people, so any candle company that claims they are the best and the only company you should buy from are hoping  consumers will believe that claim. Big Moon Beeswax wants to help people know what types of things to look for when buying beeswax candles because there really is no oversight on all the candle-makers out there and no requirement to offer proof of advertising claims. In the United States, we have the National Candle Association to provide candle-makers with valuable information on the science of candles and industry guidelines, but they do not regulate the industry. Hopefully, most beeswax candle sellers are well versed in these guidelines and follow them.

START WITH SAFETY

If you are buying your candles in a shop, a large chain store, or at an Arts & Craft show, check to see if they use safety information labels on the candles they sell. There are guidelines for the type of information that safety labels should have and all candles should come with safety instructions. Even if the candle is too small to affix a label to it, the packaging or handouts should include that valuable information. Yes, it’s costlier to provide safety instructions with candles, but our customers are worth it! Be wary of anyone selling beeswax candles that doesn’t take that added precaution because if they skip this safety step, what other steps are being skipped during the candle production process?

LOOK FOR EXPERIENCE

Now this is going to sound odd coming from a candle company founded in 2016, but it’s important to point this tip out because it makes a big difference in the quality of the beeswax candles you buy. Before we were Big Moon Beeswax, we were private label candle-makers for another beeswax company for several years. Before that, we were candle hobbyists for many years and are well past our learning curve years (and it takes YEARS to learn to make a candle that burns beautifully, as well as safely!)

As candle-makers ourselves, we are supportive of new candle-makers learning the craft and wish them many happy years of learning the science of candle making. Candle making is an art, but it’s more science than art. There are hundreds of wicks to choose from and they greatly impact how that candle is going to burn for the customer. It is alarming to see so many How to Make Beeswax Candles posts and videos on the internet that do not provide important information on how to select the appropriate wick. The wick is the key to a candle’s performance and any discussion on how to make candles should center around that vital information. An experienced candle maker will know everything about the candle they are making: what its rate of consumption is, flame height, melt pool and heat index, just to name a few. If they use fragrance and color additives, that adds another level of things to know. There should be zero guesswork about a candle by the time it is sold to the consumer.

HELPFUL CONSUMER INFORMATION VS EXAGGERATED MARKETING CLAIMS

There are so many candle sellers on the internet these days that it can be a challenge choosing the right one, especially if this is the first time you’re trying their products. You will have to trust what they tell you and hope the hype lives up to their claims. You take a leap of faith when you buy candles from the internet, so the candle sellers owe you honest information and not exaggerated marketing claims.

Information You Need:

  • Candle burning instructions and tips to help you decide which candle is right for you.
  •  Candle wax composition: Is it 100% pure beeswax or a beeswax blend?
  • Candle additives: That’s important for those that are scent-sensitive or chemical-sensitive.
  • Wax sourcing: Not everyone cares about this, but for those that do, then this information would be great to know. Is this North American wax or from overseas?

Red flags to watch for:

  • Exaggerated marketing claims such as we are the best candles you will ever buy
  •  Exaggerated burn times. For example, a tealight in a standard polycarbonate cup is limited by the amount of wax the container holds. Any burn time significantly greater than what is normal is exaggerated (unless the wick is so weak that it barely burns the wax and who wants that?)
  • Exact burn times: Because candle burn times are affected by room conditions such as ambient temperature and air circulation, a candle seller can never guarantee exact burn times. The best, and honest, thing we can do is give a burn time range or a burn time minimum.
  • Plagiarized material: Is the candle company outright copying from other sources and not using their own information to share with consumers? Big Moon Beeswax was disheartened when a new candle company launched in 2019 posted our blogs as their own. Ethical issues aside, it’s concerning because it made us wonder if they knew too little about candle-making to write their own information about it.

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL

Of course, the only way to truly find the best beeswax candles for you are to try a small order from the candle companies that interest you the most. Every person has their own preference as to what makes a great beeswax candle and you need to find your perfect match (is that a pun?) So as your budget will allow, try out different beeswax candle companies and see how you like them. You may find that you have a favorite pillar from one company and favorite tapers from another and a favorite votive from yet someone else. There are many quality beeswax candle makers out there, so whenever you need to buy more beeswax candles, give someone new a try until you’ve found the one that works for you.

Thanks for taking time to read this blog post and check out the others in the series of How to Buy the Best Beeswax Candle. 

Bee Cozy!

 

 





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