Maintenance Tip: Clip the wick to a 1/4 inch before burning each time to prevent a smoky start!
Weight: 30 g;
Diameter: 35 mm;
Height: 40 mm;
WHAT IS A SKEP?
Skeps, which are baskets placed open-end-down, and have been used for about 2000 years for beekeeping. Initially they were made from wicker plastered with mud and dung but from the Middle Ages they were made of straw. In northern and western Europe, skeps were made of coils of grass or straw. In its simplest form, there is a single entrance at the bottom of the skep. Again, there is no internal structure provided for the bees and the colony must produce its own honeycomb, which is attached to the inside of the skep.
WHAT MAKES BEESWAX CANDLES SO GREAT?
We often say that beeswax candles are the BEST candles ever! Going back in history, beeswax was the preferred candle type by royalty, nobility, and the church because of its pleasant aroma and beautiful light. The argument could be made that it is still the preferred candle type, at least for those with information to base their decision. The good news is that beeswax candles are no longer out of reach for most consumers. Beeswax candles are the cleanest, brightest, and longest burning. Here are how those properties translate into a great candle.
Beeswax candles do not require chemical processing. Beeswax is one of the densest waxes and has a high melting point. This means that beeswax doesn’t need any hardeners, additives, or chemical treatments to make a quality product. Our candle-making process is simple and environmentally friendly. First, we source beeswax straight from the hive. Then we melt it down and clean out any particulate- beeswax must be free of impurities to burn properly. Once our beeswax is clarified, it’s ready to be poured. We finish our candles by burnishing each by hand. That’s it! We never add any artificial scents or colouring to our candles because beeswax doesn’t need it.
BRIGHTER, LONGER BURN
Beeswax candles emit light that is similar to the light spectrum of sunlight. This is thanks to beeswax’s high melting point of approximately 65C. Because beeswax has a higher melting point than other waxes, it emits the brightest, most warm-toned flame. Beeswax candles also last longer than most other candles. Because it is so dense (0.958), it burns slower and drips less, and many consider beeswax candles to be drip-free.
SUBTLE, NATURAL SCENT
One of the reasons we love beeswax so much is its versatility. Our beeswax candles get their scent from the nectar and honey that was originally stored in the honeycomb. Therefore, the scents of our candles change slightly depending on what the bees were pollinating. Some of our past batches of beeswax have had traces of Rapeseed, Apple blossom, and heather Honey. One of our favourites came from a hive pollinating Facelia. Regardless of where the beeswax came from, all of our candles have a subtle and pleasing, honey-like scent.
Unlike many other candles, burning beeswax actually purifies the air. Beeswax candles emit negative ions which bind with particulate matter in the air, causing the floating particles in the air to drop to the ground. Some say negative ions also stimulate the pituitary gland, thus increasing creativity, intuition, and dream activity. Because of their air cleansing properties, beeswax candles are a great candle option for people with allergies, asthma, sinuses, and sensitivities.
By choosing Edinburgh Honey Company candles, you can support your local beekeepers. Beeswax is a natural by-product of the beekeeping industry. It’s made and used by bees to store their honey and raise their broods. After periods of high honey flow, beekeepers remove the extra honeycombs. Our beeswax comes from the capping of these honeycombs. Many other candle materials come from industries that harm or deplete the environment. Beeswax is a natural, renewable resource from an industry that helps the environment. Bees play a pivotal role in our lives by pollinating the crops we eat and plants in the wild. Beeswax is just another miracle that comes from these amazing insects.
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