Beeswax is naturally produced by honeybees themselves! More specifically, it is a wax that is secreted from the four pairs of wax-producing glands on the worker bee’s abdomen. This wax is produced to help grow the hive, provide space for the queen to lay eggs, and provide storage for that magical substance we know as honey. This wax is also what forms the well known hexagonal shape of honey cells. It is at this stage that the wax begins to take on its colour, which can be anything from a dark brown to buttercup yellow. The colour depends on what is being harvested as microscopic particles of the nectar and pollen remain in the wax causing its hue to take shape. In one season, a single healthy hive will produce, on average, one pound of rendered wax.
The benefits that come from using beeswax as a candle are plentiful. Not only does it give a beautiful glow to your candle, it also:
Gives a longer lasting burn time. Beeswax burns three times as long compared to soy or paraffin candles.
Creates cleaner air. When burned, beeswax releases negative ions that latch onto moulds and dusts in the air.
Is smokeless, and therefore will not stain your walls.
Is a hypoallergenic candle option for all you sense sensitive folks out there.
Honey extraction here in Southern Ontario happens from late August to the end of September. After the honey is harvested out of the honey combs, the wax is then rendered down into beeswax. The process of beeswax rendering happens once every year.