For several years now I have been quite fond of filling my home with the light and the fragrance of Beeswax candles.
The first thing that drew my heart to
beeswax was it’s scent. It smells like honey, of which I am very fond. Apparently, Beeswax gets its amber color and aroma from the honey and pollen that the bees pack into each honeycomb cell. Variations in color can occur due to the type of flower source.
It has a velvety texture as well. Beeswax
candles can develop a patina over time
called ‘bloom’. Which in my mind is quite
attractive. The candles when burning emit
a brighter longer burning flame whose
radiant glow is the same spectrum as the
sun’s glow. Very different from paraffin
As a bonus, burning beeswax
candles is also cleaner and emits
negative ions into the air. This is
said to ‘invigorate the body’. I am
not sure how that works, but I know
I am definitely happier when I see
my beeswax candles burning. I do
burn the candles while cleaning,
whether the cleaner and invigorating
air is acquired, I am not sure yet, but
I do have a sense of joy seeing my
home cleaner by candlelight.
Savoring the Bee’s Kiss
From my kitchen window, I love to look out on my garden and watch the bees float from flower to flower, making beautiful food for us,” reflects Rhode Island writer and cook Philis Bennett.
Beeswax candles and honey are definitely some of my favorite things.