PROCESS

Beeswax Benefits & Our Candle Making Process

Beeswax is a lovely, golden ingredient in bee hives that provides structure, and is made by wax­-producing glands in the abdominal segments of worker honeybees. Once delicious honey is extracted from the comb/hive, the wax left behind is fairly clean of debris, quite dense and a bright, beautiful yellow. We clarify the wax with water before melting it into Alpine Bee candles, and add a small amount of clean­-burning coconut oil to aid the wax in melting smoothly.

The light scent of our candles is as fresh as an alpine meadow, and slightly sweet, like warmed honey. When burned, beeswax is clean/doesn’t produce soot, and releases negative ions, which attack positive ions emitted by computers, mobile phones, and other electronic devices. Beeswax has a high melting point, which results in long, slow burn times, (see below for approximate burn times). Alpine Bee candles are made of local beeswax, and food­-grade coconut oil from sustainable sources. We use all-­cotton, braided wicks, (zinc and lead-­free!), which are coated with a natural vegetable-­based coating. That’s it!

Candle Weights, Wick Maintenance and Burn Times

We have weighed and averaged each container size. Since each and every candle is hand poured, slight differences in finished weight may occasionally occur. Maintaining wicks properly by trimming to 1/4″ before each burn is the best way to burn your Alpine Bee candles for longer, more even burning and less smoke when extinguished. If you dip the lit wick into the wax pool and then lift it back out, the flame will extinguish without smoking!

Burn times:
2 ounce mini tin: 8­-10 hours
4 ounce tin: 18-­20 hours
8 ounce tin: 22-­24 hours
4 ounce recycled glass jar: 18-20 hours
10 ounce recycled glass jar: 45-46 hours

Burn times are averages, not guaranteed and will depend upon your burning practices including wick maintenance and wax pooling. If you allow the candle to burn long enough initially to create a wax pool from edge to edge, you can prevent “tunneling.”