How to Store and Care for Your Beeswax Candles

How to Store and Care for Your Beeswax Candles

Posted by The Honey Jar on Jun 24th 2024

Beeswax candles are a wonderful addition to any home, offering a natural and eco-friendly lighting option. However, to keep them in the best condition and ensure they burn beautifully, it's important to store and care for them properly. Here’s how to make the most of your beeswax candles, addressing common questions about beeswax bloom, temperature, and more.

Understanding Beeswax Bloom

What is Beeswax Bloom?
Beeswax bloom is a natural occurrence where a white, powdery film forms on the surface of beeswax candles. This is caused by the migration of natural oils to the surface of the wax. Bloom is harmless and does not affect the quality or burn of the candle.

How to Remove Beeswax Bloom
To remove bloom, simply wipe the candle with a soft cloth or gently warm the surface with a hairdryer. This will restore the candle’s natural sheen.

Storing Your Beeswax Candles

Optimal Storage Conditions
Store your beeswax candles in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Exposure to heat and sunlight can cause the candles to soften and lose their shape.

Avoiding Extreme Temperatures
Extreme temperatures can affect beeswax candles. In hot conditions, beeswax can become soft and misshapen. Conversely, very cold temperatures can cause the wax to become brittle and crack. Aim to store your candles in a stable environment, ideally between 60-80°F (15-27°C).

Caring for Your Beeswax Candles

Trimming the Wick
Before lighting your beeswax candle, trim the wick to about 1/4 inch (6 mm). This ensures a clean and even burn, preventing excessive smoke and soot.

Burning Your Candle
When burning your beeswax candle for the first time, allow it to burn long enough for the wax to melt to the edges of the container. This helps prevent tunneling and ensures an even burn throughout the candle’s life.

Extinguishing the Flame
To extinguish a beeswax candle, use a snuffer or gently blow it out. Avoid blowing too hard, as this can cause the hot wax to splatter. A snuffer helps minimize smoke and preserves the candle’s wick.

Common Questions About Beeswax Candle Care

Can Beeswax Candles Freeze?
Yes, beeswax candles can freeze. If they do, allow them to return to room temperature slowly before lighting. Sudden temperature changes can cause the wax to crack.

What to Do if Your Candle Warps
If your beeswax candle warps due to heat, you can gently reshape it by warming it slightly and rolling it on a flat surface. Be careful not to overheat the wax, as it can become too soft to handle.

Preventing Dust Accumulation
Dust can accumulate on the surface of beeswax candles over time. To clean, use a soft cloth to wipe away dust. Avoid using water or cleaning agents, as these can damage the wax.